Fairy Tales Retold

Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery. 2005.
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. Based on Alice in Wonderland.
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Crazy Beautiful. 2009.
In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a gorgeous girl whose mother has recently died form an instant connection when they meet on their first day as new students.
Beddor, Frank. The Looking Glass Wars. 2006.
When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.
Blakley-Cartwright, Sarah. Red Riding Hood. 2011.
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations.
Bunce, Elzabeth. A Curse Dark as Gold. 2008.
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price. Based on "Rumplestiltskin."
Cabot, Meg. Avalon High. 2006.
Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.
Card, Orson Scott. Enchantment. 1999.
The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek's farm. Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest--or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy's fantasy. Based on "Sleeping Beauty."
Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things. 2006.
Taking refuge in fairy tales after the loss of his mother, twelve-year-old David finds himself violently propelled into an imaginary land in which the boundaries of fantasy and reality are disturbingly melded.
Dixon, Heather. Entwined. 2011.
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who's trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.
Dokey, Cameron. Golden: A Retelling of Rapunsel. 2006.
Rapunsel has only two nights and one day in which to free a girl from a curse. Part of the "Once Upon a Time" series.
Durst, Sarah Beth. Ice. 2009.
A modern-day retelling of "East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon" in which eighteen-year-old Cassie learns that her grandmother's fairy tale is true when a Polar Bear King comes to claim her for his bride and she must decide whether to go with him and save her long-lost mother, or continue helping her father with his research.
Finn, Alex. Beastly. 2007.
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
Finn, Alex. Cloaked. 2011.
Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family's struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
George, Jessica Day. Princess of the Midnight Ball. 2009.
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
George, Jessica Day. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. 2008.
Unnamed and rejected by her mother, a girl (known as the lass) jumps at the chance to leave her meager home after a great white bear offers her a deal: if she accompanies him to his ice palace for a year and a day, he will reward her and her family with wealth.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. 1999.
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl. 2003.
Princess Ani, the shy, sensitive, first-born daughter to the king and queen of Kildenree, embarks on an adventure-filled journey to learn the many lessons that will make her a true queen.
Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. 2012.
When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland--a man Sunday's family despises.
Lackey, Mercedes. The Fairy Godmother. 2004.
In the mystical realm of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the newest Fairy Godmother tries to help three impossible princes find the women of their dreams, while fending off an evil sorcerer who is determined to destroy her kingdom. Part of the "Five Hundred Kingdoms" series.
Lanagan, Margo. Tender Morsels. 2008.
A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.
 
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. 1997.
In this novel based on the story of "Cinderella," Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Lo, Malinda. Ash. 2009.
In this variation on the "Cinderella" story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.
McGuire, Gregory. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister . 1999.
We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty... and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?
McKinley, Robin. Spindle's End. 2000.
The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.
Medley, Linda. Castle Waiting. 2002.
After Sleeping Beauty’s prince sweeps her off to his homeland, the kingdom is deserted except for a handful of retainers remaining in the castle… waiting. This is a graphic novel series.
Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012.
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the "Cinderella" story.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Princess Ben. 2008.
A girl is transformed, through instruction in life at court, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kingdom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett.
Myers, Walter Dean. Amiri & Odette: A Love Story : A Poem. 2009.
Presents a modern, urban retelling in verse of the ballet in which brave Amiri falls in love with beautiful Odette and fights evil Big Red for her on the streets of the Swan Lake Projects.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. 2004.
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.
O'Neal, Eilis. The False Princess. 2011.
For sixteen years, Nalia has been raised as the princess of Thorvaldor, but one day she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.
Pattou, Edith. East. 2003.
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. 2010.
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenage girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.
Roberson, Chris. Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love. 2010.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinderella didn't attend Prince Charming's ball to find true love but, rather, to extract sensitive state secrets from the royal family. In this spin-off of Bill Willingham's popular Fables series, Cinderella is no dainty damsel tottering on glass heels--she's a modern, trash-talking superspy with a killer right hook and a penchant for getting out of impossible situations. This is a graphic novel.
Sheehan, Anna. A Long, Long Sleep. 2011.
Sixteen-year-old Rosalinda Fitzroy, heir to the multiplanetary corporation UniCorp, is awakened after sixty years in stasis to find that everyone she knew has died and as she tries to make a new life for herself, learns she is the target of a robot assassin.
Yolen, Jane. Briar Rose. 1992.
Rebecca has always loved listening to her grandmother's stories about Briar Rose. However, the old woman's astonishing and hard-to-believe admission that she "is" Briar Rose sets Rebecca on an unforgettable path of self-discovery that will change her life forever.
Yolen, Jane. Pay the Piper. 2005.
When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.
Weston, Robert Paul. Dust City. 2010.
Henry Whelp, son of the Big Bad Wolf, investigates what happened to the fairies that used to protect humans and animalia, and what role the corporation that manufactures synthetic fairy dust played in his father's crime.
Willingham, Bill. Fables. 2002.
Long ago, the Adversary conquered all of the various lands of Fable, and the survivors escaped to exile on Earth. With all past grudges forgiven, the Fables formed their own community in the United States. Some live on a remote farm, but those who can pass as human live in New York City, hiding their extraordinary nature from the world. This is a graphic novel series.