From the New York Times bestselling author of Rump , comes the true story behind another unlikely hero: a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed "Grump") has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.
At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .
When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He's bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on May 29, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1524717010
ISBN-13: 9781524717018
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  • sugarbaby13
    sugarbaby13Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:50 pm
    Its very good and I recommended it to a lot of friends and its really funny and shares a really good life lesson.
    • callie_b
      callie_bMonday, September 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm44 starsFeatured
      Have you ever wondered about the TRUE (well, mostly anyway) story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Well, then you've come to the right book! Meet Borlen, aka Grump. He's an odd dwarf, because he was born close to The Surface. That's not normal for the gem-eating dwarfs, because there aren't many valuable gems and minerals up there. Grump is not used to the treacherous depths of dwarfs' mining caverns. And he's always dreamed of going to The Surface and seeing a human!! How cool would that be for a dwarf?! The one risky thing about going to The Surface is that if someone takes a dwarf by the beard, that unlucky dwarf must do their bidding! But Grump doesn't care. He feels like so much of an outcast already, he thought The Surface would be the place where he really felt like home. So, he decides to sneak up to The Surface to see what it was like! Grump quickly befriends Queen E.V.I.L. until she turns on him and Grump meets Snow White! Suddenly, the queen wants to kill Snow with a poison apple because Grump judged Snow fairer than the queen... ringing a bell from the original fairy tale? But what will happen when BOTH the queen AND Snow White take him by the beard? It's a wild ride from there, and Grump becomes more and more puzzled about how to fix the mess he's in... Read this amazing fractured fairy tale for adventure, humor, and more in this fun spin-off of the classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! I recommend this for ages 8+ and rate it 4/5 stars :)
      • hunterdad64
        hunterdad64Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm55 stars
        amazing
        • chacedaneil18
          chacedaneil18Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:48 am55 stars
          It is so good
          • coolkidpm
            coolkidpmFriday, June 1, 2018 at 5:29 am55 stars
            you must read it
            • coolgamerThursday, May 31, 2018 at 3:26 pm
              a must read
              • Pink lovedMonday, May 28, 2018 at 6:41 pm
                Awesome
                • Pink lovedMonday, May 28, 2018 at 6:40 pm
                  A must read!
                  • chacedaneil18
                    chacedaneil18Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:55 am55 stars
                    this book is so good
                    • roysen
                      roysenFriday, May 25, 2018 at 7:48 am
                      awesome

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