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Fairy and Folk Tale Retellings


Favorite fairy and folk tales retold in novel length






Robin McKinley
FICTION MCKIN

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.
Shannon Hale
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION HALE

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. A retelling of Maid Maleen by the Brothers Grimm.
Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION NAPOL

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.
Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION NAPOL

Elaborates on the tale of "The Pied Piper," told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.
Marissa Meyer
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION 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.
Elizabeth Bunce
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. (Inspired by Rumpelstiltskin)
Edith Pattou
FICTION PATTO

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment. (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Gail Carson Levine
J LEVIN

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.
Elizabeth Pope
J POPE

In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic. (Inspired by Tam Lin)
Jessica Day George
FICTION FANTASY GEORG

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.
Renee Ahdieh
FICTION AHDIE

In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
Juliet Marillier
FICTION MARIL

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. (Inspired by Twelve Dancing Princesses)