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Booklist: Fairy Tales Retold

November 13th, 2014 (06:42 am)
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Thanks to morganlight for prompting me to create this list, which is based on one of my favorite topics: fairy tales retold.

For ages 8 and up
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (Camelot)
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Cinderella without the fantasy elements)
- Just Ella has two companion novels: Palace of Mirrors and Palace of Lies
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (The curse of a fairy godmother's gift)
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (Snow White)
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
The Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine
- The Fairy's Mistake (Toads and Diamonds)
- The Princess Test (The Princess and the Pea)
- Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (Sleeping Beauty)
- Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (The Princess on the Glass Hill)
- For Biddle's Sake (Puddocky)
- The Fairy's Return (The Golden Goose)
Twice Upon a Time series by Wendy Mass
- Rapunzel: The One With All the Hair
- Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap
- Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn't Run Away
Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski
- #1: Fairest of All (Snow White)
- #2: If the Shoe Fits (Cinderella)
- #3: Sink or Swim (The Little Mermaid)
- #4: Dream On (Sleeping Beauty)
- #5: Bad Hair Day (Rapunzel)
- #6: Cold as Ice (The Snow Queen)
Grimmtastic Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
- #1: Cinderella Stays Late
- #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
- #3: Snow White Lucks Out
- #4: Rapunzel Cuts Loose
The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan (Santa Claus)

Also pick up my favorite stories about fairies (as opposed to traditional fairy tales), which are The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie!

For ages 10 and up
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, illustrated by Erin McGuire (The Snow Queen and other Hans Christian Andersen stories)
East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (Sleeping Beauty)
Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner (Hermes)
Quiver by Stephanie Spinner (Atalanta)
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst (Rapunzel, Puss-in-Boots, and more)
- Sequel: Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood (Irish myths, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and more)
- Sequel: How I Found the Perfect Dress by Maryrose Wood
Goose Chase by Patricia Kindl (Goose Girl)
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (The concept of princesses in general)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (Maid Maleen)
I have yet to read Enna Burning or River Secrets by Shannon Hale. Please don't spoil them for me!

For ages 13 and up
When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Nephilim and fallen angels - quartet of novels)
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer (Cinderella without the fantasy elements)
The Poison Apples by Lily Archer (three girls bond over their issues with their stepmothers; another realistic non-fantasy)
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby (a girl finds solace in fairy tales, which inspire her art; another realistic non-fantasy)
I Am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer (Camelot; sequel: I Am Mordred)
The Blue Girl by Charles deLint
Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beauty and the Beast)
My Fairy Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison (a modern-girl thrown back in time - elements of Cinderella and Snow White)

Published for adults - also recommended for older teens
Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn (Wicked Stepmother and the Last Girl Theory - one of my favorite books)
Straight on 'til Morning by Christopher Golden (Peter Pan - set as a coming-of-age story in 1981 - jaw-dropping!)
The Ferryman by Christopher Golden (Charon - one of Golden's best)
The Veil sequence by Christopher Golden (A multitude of myths - Read the books in order: The Myth Hunters, The Borderkind, and The Lost Ones)
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (African lore)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (A multitude of myths)
Instructions by Neil Gaiman (Short story)
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (Cinderella)

Additional fairy tale titles:
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
Wicked by Gregory Maguire and so forth (The Wizard of Oz)
Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison (Snow White)
Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde (Various)
The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall by Tony Johnston (Camelot)
Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell (Fairy godmothers in general)
Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Fairy godmothers a la otherwise normal humans that grant wishes)

Last but not least, my favorite stories that (re)define the book-within-a-book format. Although they are not strictly fairy tales, those who do love well-done fantasy stories will love these. I know that I do. You should read these books right now.

The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende (The power of imagination)
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (A philosophy textbook wrapped in a novel)
Poison by Chris Wooding (I won't say anything more so I won't give anything away)

Bonus! One night in December 2007, I stumbled across the website and blog of Ashley Smith, an aspiring children's book illustrator. I absolutely adore her fairy tale series! Take a peek through her gallery.

Bonus! Holly Cupala has written an adorable poem entitled Princess Pia which you simply must read.

Looking for tales truly about fairies? Consult my Fairy Nice booklist!

Comments

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)

I recently read and would recommend Deerskin by Robin McKinley. It is loosely based on Allerleirauh, one of the less savory and often edited out Grimm's fairy tales.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I want to read more of McKinley's works. A friend recently read Beauty.

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Thuggish Ruggish Addie (addercat)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)

Yay! More to add to my reading list. :) I'm not sure if you read the genres, but if you ever have time I'd love a rec list for adult science fiction and/or fantasy. Oooh, or books with cats. I read a fantasy novel about a cat revolution that was a lot better than I'm making it sound right now. I wish I could remember the name... I'll have to check my book boxes or shelves. Hmm.

Posted by: Thuggish Ruggish Addie (addercat)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)

Okay, I'm fairly certain it was this book by Erin Hunter. From what I remember it was good, though I didn't know it was for grades 6-9! Nice.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)

I can't read Warriors because I know they don't all live, and I can't deal with that. Horrible murders and serial killers on CSI, Without a Trace, SVU? in books by Christopher Golden? SURE! A cute little animal even getting a infected claw? TEARS.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)

Cats cats cats.

I'll make you lists later this week.

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 15th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Cats

A Door Into Summer is one of my favorites. It's not all about a cat, but a cat is prominently in it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 15th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: Cats

Posted by: shelbel (daisylullaby)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)

And one of my favorites, Rose and the Beast: fairy tales retold by Francesca Lia Block

(thanks for all your book lists, btw. I can't even remember where I found your journal, but it's awesome. :) )

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)

I have never read a FLB cover-to-cover. Excerpts have shown me that her style doesn't suit my taste.

. . . but if you like her works, have you read INNOCENCE by Jane Mendelsohn yet? :)

You are welcome. Thank you for the compliments.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 10th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 10th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: rebel rebel (you've torn your dress) (tornyourdress)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
kissing the witch

And Emma Donoghue's Kissing The Witch! Marketed towards adults in the UK but teenagers in the US, I believe - she retells fairytales with a focus on the female characters. I think you'd like it. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)

Ooh, I haven't heard of that.

Remind me to do one list that is ALL ALICE and another that is PURELY PAN.

:)

Posted by: dianoraek (dianoraek)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)

You DO need to read more by Charles DeLint! I've read about 80% of his books, and some are stronger than others, but they're all excellent reads.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)

Which one should I read next?

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)

I actually emailed him to see what order his Newford series books go and here is the webpage he directed me to:
http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/faq.htm#newford

If you scroll down, there is a list.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dianoraek (dianoraek)
Posted at: May 25th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you; I hope you have comment notifications on so that LJ will shoot you an email!

I prefer Charles DeLint's Newford books the most; they're not direct sequels to each other, but it's all a part of the same universe, and many characters show up in multiple books. From CDL's website, he lists them in this order:

"The best place to start is the collection Dreams Underfoot. From there they go pretty much in this order:
The Dreaming Place
Memory And Dream
The Ivory And The Horn
Trader
Someplace To Be Flying
Moonlight And Vines
Forests Of The Heart
The Onion Girl
Seven Wild Sisters (also available in Tapping the Dream Tree)
Tapping the Dream Tree
Spirits in the Wires
Medicine Road
The Blue Girl"

My favorite out of all of those is The Onion Girl, but the rest of them are absolute joys to read, from the collections of short stories to the full-length novels.

Posted by: dianoraek (dianoraek)
Posted at: May 25th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 26th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 16th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Maguire

I like Wicked, but I prefer Confessions. I have yet to read Mirror, Mirror or Son of a Witch. I was incredibly disappointed in Lost.

Posted by: Avra (avra)
Posted at: November 27th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Maguire

hi! stumbled on your page while researching a paper on dark retellings of grimm fairy tales, i'll have to come back later when i have more time to read through, since this is my favroite type of literature.
in terms of maguire -
also liked wicked and confessions, and also liked mirror mirror and son of a witch. i actually think son of a witch is my favorite thus far, with confessions coming in a close second.
lost was horrible, i couldn't get through it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 27th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Maguire

Posted by: But I crumble completely when you cry (eiki)
Posted at: February 11th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)

Stumbled upon this journal while searching for titles that did all these retellings :D I'm doing an article for a magazine production class, so this list helped me a lot. That and I'm really interested in reading some of these titles myself. Will need to write these down so I remember what to buy the next time I go to a bookstore ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 11th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)

You are welcome! I was just about to add Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer to this list - modern day retelling of Cinderella, without any fantasy, set in an LA high school, for ages 13 and up.

Posted by: But I crumble completely when you cry (eiki)
Posted at: February 11th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 11th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)

Posted by: angieville.blogspot.com (ext_89372)
Posted at: May 1st, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)

I would add Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier to the Fairy Tales marketed for adults but would be enjoyed by older teens list. It's a beautiful retelling of the Seven Swans fairy tale. One of my very favorite fairy tales.

Also A Curse Dark as Gold (Rumpelstiltskin) by Elizabeth C. Bunce and Beastly (contemporary Beauty & the Beast) by Alex Flinn for the over 13 crowd.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 1st, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)

I have yet to read Marillier's novels, but I intend to do so - the same with Curse's debut. I read and enjoyed Beastly. Thanks!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 24th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
East

I don't know if someone already pointed this out, but East is actually a retelling of the story East of the Sun, West of the Moon, that tells of a young girl who is taken away to a mystical castle to live with a white bear (who is really a prince under a curse). Although the beginning of the story is extremely similar to Beauty and the Beast, and may in fact have inspired or been inspired by the story, the real difference is her journey to save the prince from marrying the troll princess, and to do so she must call upon the powers of the West and East winds (I don't remember quite how this is translated in the book, as it has been awhile since I read it, but I believe an Inuit woman helps her navigate the harsh landscape?).

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is one of my all time favorite fables, and I encourage anyone to read it. Sorry about my very long comment, but I am very passionate when it comes to fairy tales, and I didn't want anyone to miss out on the original story. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 24th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: East

Thanks! I truly meant to put East of the Sun, West of the Moon for that listing. I'll fix it now. :)

Posted by: zagzagael (zagzagael)
Posted at: August 19th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
aries

Thank you SO MUCH for this list! Googling "retold fairy tales" and found this invaluable resource! Are you keeping it updated anywhere?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 19th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)

Hi there! Thank you for the kind words. I update my booklists frequently. :)

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Posted at: January 8th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)

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Posted at: January 8th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

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