Fairy Tales Retold

Recommended Fairy Tales Retold

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli
Elaborates on the tale of Beauty and the Beast told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.

Beastly by Alex Flinn, Y Fiction Flinn
I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Beauty by Nancy Butcher, Y Fiction Butcher
Beautiful Ana has to make herself ugly in order for her vain mother, Queen Veda of Ran, to love her. When Ana is forced to go to the prestigious Academy for Girls, she learns how potent a drug beauty can be.

Beauty: A retelling of the story of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley, Y Fiction McKinley
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey, Y Fiction Dokey
Sixteen-year-old Aurore, whose original curse has been transmuted to a one hundred year sleep starting on her seventeenth birthday, encounters Oswald, whom she has replaced as the king's heir, and the questing knight Ironheart.

Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes, Y Fiction Hawes
" . . . and they lived happily ever after." Remember the fairy tales you put away after you found that no princess is as beautiful as common sense and happy endings are just the beginning? Well, the old tales are back, and they've grown up! Black Pearls brings you the stories of your childhood, told in a way you've never heard before. Instead of lulling you to sleep, they'll wake you up—to the haunting sadness that waits just inside the windows of a gingerbread cottage, the passion that fuels a witch's flight, and the heartache that comes, again and again, at the stroke of midnight. Make no mistake: these stories are as dark as human nature itself. But they shine, too, lit with the fire of our dreams and our hunger for magic.

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli
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.

Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, Y Fiction Bunce
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.

Crazy Jack by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli
In this version of the traditional tale of the young boy who climbs a beanstalk, Jack searches for his father, falls in love with Flora, and learns the value of real treasure.

Dealing With Dragons(The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia Wrede, Y Fiction Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Y Fiction Levine or Books On CD Levine
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. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card, Y Fiction Card
In a Russian forest, a New York scholar awakens a sleeping princess with a kiss and she takes him to the 9th century. They are forced to return to the present, pursued by a witch who hijacks an airliner. One adventure follows another and there is a happy ending.

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl, Y Fiction Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Y Fiction Hale
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

I Am Morgan Le Fay: A Tale From Camelot by Nancy Springer, Y Fictin Springer
In a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Y Fiction Haddix
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.

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn, Y Fiction Flinn
Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a 300-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.

Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli
After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison, Y Fiction Rallison
High school sophomore Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date after her boyfriend breaks up with her to date her older sister, but when a godmother who is only fair becomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages, along with a boy who would like to be her charming prince.

Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun, Y Fiction Calhoun
Phoenix Dance battles an illness of her mind and emotions, realizes her dream of becoming shoemaker to the Royal Household, and attempts to discover what magic compels the twelve princesses of Windward to wear out their shoes each night. Based on the the fairy tale "The twelve dancing princesses."

Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block, Y Fiction Block
Nine classic fairy tales set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist.

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley, Y Fiction McKinley
Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love he is released from the curse that had turned him from man to beast.

Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde, Y Fiction Vande Velde
A collection of variations on the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley, Y Fiction McKinley
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.

The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines, Y Fiction Hines
You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: 'And they all lived happily ever after...' Guess what? It's not true. Life in never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. Cinderella--whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (née Danielle de Glas)--does marry Prince Armand. And...their wedding is a dream come true. But not long after the 'happily ever after,' Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia--otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty--comes to the rescue (she's a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away..."

-- Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott, Y Fiction Marriott
When Alexa's mother is killed, her father marries a cunning and powerful woman and her brothers disappear, sending Alexa on a long, dangerous journey as she attempts to harness the mystical power she inherited from her mother and restore the kingdom to its proper balance.

Thornspell by Helen Lowe, Y Fiction Lowe
In this elaboration of "Sleeping Beauty," Prince Sigismund, having grown up in a remote castle dreaming of going on knightly quests, has had only a passing interest in the forbidden wood lying beyond the castle gates until a brief encounter with a beautiful and mysterious lady changes his life forever.

Wild Orchid: A Retelling of the Ballad of Mulan by Cameron Dokey, Y Fiction Dokey
The Emperor of China summons a great army, and each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan, who can wield sword and bow and arrow as deftly as an embroidery needle, is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call. But when she finds a friend and soul mate in her commander, Prince Jian, will she be brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with him?

Zel by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli or Y Book on TAPE
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.

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