Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Books: Stories Retold

Some stories we've heard a thousand times. The pumpkin that turns into a carriage, the kiss that wakes up the princess, the magic mirror on the wall. We've heard them over and over again since childhood and know exactly how everything happens. Usually. There are now many books which take those well-known stories of our childhoods and turn them on their heads. Often called fractured fairy tales, they can change a story's setting, tell the story from someone else's point of view or do any number of different things to change the way we view the childhood classics. This list contains not just fairy tale retellings, but retellings of Shakespearean classics, and the historical story of the the last royals of Russia. Everything is organized by story, in case you are looking for something in particular. Some books are listed more than once, as they are adaptations of multiple stories.

Arabian Nights
The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey

The Ballad of Mulan
Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey

Beauty and the Beast
Belle by Cameron Dokey
Spirited by Nancy Holder
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
East by Edith Pattou

The Frog Prince
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Water Song by Suzanne Weyn

The Little Mermaid
Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié

Little Red Riding Hood
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié

The Magic Flute
Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey

Golden by Cameron Dokey
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Out of the Wild by Sarah Best Durst
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Never After by Rebecca Lickiss
The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn

The Six Swans
The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott

Sleeping Beauty
Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss

Snow White
Snow by Tracy Lynn

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

The White Bride and the Black Bride
The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder

Multiple Fairy Tales
The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss

Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn (Anastasia- the last Grand Duchess)

Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story by Lisa Fielder (Romeo and Juliet)
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (Romeo and Juliet)
Ophelia by Lisa Klein (Hamlet)

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