Matchless: An Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The Little Match Girl" (Paperback)

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“This 're-illumination' of the Hans Christian Andersen tale 'The Little Match Girl' was originally commissioned by and performed on NPR by the Maguire himself. Accompanied by Maguire's line drawings, this story is told in his inimitable style, and his fans will love it.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


The beloved New York Times bestselling author of Wicked reimagines Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for modern readers, putting a new twist on a timeless classic.

In Matchless, Gregory Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, exquisitely intertwining the match girl's tale with that of Frederik, a young boy who builds a city out of trash, and whose yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, suggesting transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

An Indie Next List Notable

“The little match girl’s story is now getting its due thanks to novelist Gregory Maguire of ‘Wicked’ fame…. Matchless glows with aching beauty.”
-Huntsville Times

“Maguire’s story has the weight and solidity of a treasured folk tale, something to be handed down and retold.”
-Ellen Trachtenberg, author of The Best Children’s Literature: A Parent’s Guide

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062004826
ISBN-10: 0062004824
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 28th, 2010
Pages: 112
Language: English