In Wiesner's well-written stories,
familiar fairy-tale characters come
to life as horrific monsters in a
fictional town with a terrifying
life force of its own. Characters are
well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is
suspect. Although each delightfully haunting tale can be read as a stand-alone, they are interrelated. (Two of
the stories, "Papa" and "Blood of Amethyst," were previously reviewed.)

Kurt inducts his wife, Diana, into the Guardians to protect the children from the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who is turning them into rats in "Dancing to the Grave." Can Diana save them? Reborn Guardian Prince dreams of Rapunzel, who lives in "The Amethyst Tower" guarded by the Warlock Lord. Will Prince reach her before the warlock makes her his bride? (Whiskey Creek, Sep., 341 pp., $14.36)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown