Teens: Fairy Tales Retold

The Rose and the Beast: fairy tales retold by Francesca Lia Block - Contained within the book Roses and Bones, The Rose and the Beast showcases nine fairy tales turned "inside out".

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth 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. 

The Phoenix Dance by Dia 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. This Washington author uses personal experience to describe what it is like to have bipolar disorder.

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card - Follows one man from ninth-century Russia to present-day America as he struggles to rescue a princess and her kingdom, find true love, and overcome the blackest of evil.


Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross - When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.

Entwined by Heather Dixon - 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. 

Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst - Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel, along with her daughter Julie Marchen, tries to live a fairly normal life, but when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story. Julie's story continues in Out of the Wild

Beastly by Alex Flinn - This first book of the Kendra Chronicles is 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. Follow this one up with Bewitching and Towering

A Kiss in Time by Alex 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. Also take a look at Cloaked by the same author. 

Reckless by Cornelia Funke - Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences. 

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George - A girl travels west of the sun and east of the moon to rescue her beloved prince from a magic spell. You may also like Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass.

Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes - Return to the dark origins of fairy tales with this collection of short stories that delves into different points of view and alternate versions.  Read Rapunzel's tale from the witch's perspective and find out what Cinderella might have really been like.  The Pied Piper, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, and Lady Godiva are all represented in this book that explores human nature through some of our oldest stories.

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor - After her father remarries, high school sophomore Lucy Norton is forced to move to Long Island, where her evil new stepmother and annoying stepsisters make her life miserable.

Snow by Tracy Lynn - When her father, the duke, decides to remarry in hopes of producing an heir to the throne, the young princess must learn to cope with her jealous and evil stepmother, but when the situation becomes dangerous, the princess flees to London.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.

Beauty by Robin 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. 

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal - When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.



Cinder by Marissa Meyer - 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. Continue the Lunar Chronicles series by reading Scarlet and Cress (to be published February 2014)


The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat - Loosely based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents' farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

Bound by Donna Jo 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.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - 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 teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son. Continue the series with Sweetly, Fathomless, and Cold Spell.

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick - When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince--but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self. 

The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn - Discovering that Rowena, his youngest daughter, is sneaking out of the house every night, Sir Ethan puts out a challenge to the single men of the kingdom to find out the truth about her escapades.

Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen - 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.

Troll Bridge: a rock 'n' roll fairy tale by Jane Yolen - Sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira is transported to a strange and mystical wilderness, where she finds herself in the middle of a deadly struggle between a magical fox and a monstrous troll.