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Bunce, Stephanie

Bunce Author photoElizabeth writes historical fantasy for young adults. Her first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold (2008), won the William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut, was named a Kansas Notable Book, made Oprah’s Book Club list, and was honored by the Smithsonian. She is also the author of StarCrossed (2010) and its sequel, Liar’s Moon (forthcoming from Scholastic). Elizabeth is an accomplished needlewoman with an interest in embroidery and historical costuming, and she lives in suburban KC with her attorney and their dogs.

Books in print

A Curse Dark as Gold
As Charlotte struggles to manage the difficulties she inherits along with Stirwaters Woollen Mill, she discovers a shadow world at the fringes of the familiar: Dark magic, restless spirits, a mysterious Helper. A wicked uncle, an age-old curse…. How can Charlotte prevail with such forces allied against her? In this novel inspired by
“Rumpelstiltskin,” the miller’s daughter of the fairy tale comes to life as a young woman determined to save her family and her mill–whatever the cost.
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Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady’s maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold–as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren’t as apolitical as she thought… that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.
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Exclusively from Scholastic Book Clubs comes this spine-tingling collection of ghost stories, featuring Elizabeth’s chilling “In for a Penny,” set in the same world as A Curse Dark as Gold.

Author Visits

Elizabeth has spoken to audiences at libraries, schools, and conferences across the country. Her most popular presentation is a casual conversation about her books, the writing life, and her journey to publication; but she can tailor her presentations to fit your audience’s needs and interest. She is also available to lead writing workshops for kids and adults.

Availability: In person or via Skype.
In addition to metro-area schools and libraries, Elizabeth’s appearances have included the following organizations/events:

The American Library Association
Kansas City Literary Festival
World Fantasy Convention
Missouri Association of School Librarians
Missouri Library Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network

Audience: Middle school, high school, adults

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