Anne Shelby – The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales by Anne Shelby — 4778

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Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world.

Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends, and all manner of conundrums, Molly manages to outwit them all with a potent combination of nerve, trickery, and plain luck. Also appearing in the stories are Molly’s sisters Polly and Betts, the famous Appalachian hero Jack (Molly saves him a few times), and three cornbread-baking mice.

These delightful and often surprising stories are sure to appeal to readers and listeners of all ages who enjoy an adventurous tale well told.


Awards & Distinctions
2008 Aesop Accolade, Children’s Folklore Section, American Folklore Society
A 2010 Delaware Diamonds Favorite Children’s Book, Diamond State Reading Association

Anne ShelbyAnne (Gabbard) Shelby was born in Berea, Kentucky, in 1948, and lives in rural Southeastern Kentucky, in a farmhouse that has been in her family for generations. She has published essays, newspaper columns, plays, songs, and children’s books, among them an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, an American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade winner, a School Library Journal Best Book, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her collection of poems, Appalachian Studies, was a Kentucky Literary Award and Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year nominee.


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