Re-tellings & Adaptations

Updated May 23, 2024
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Arch-conspirator
Roth, Veronica,
Grades 10+
Bad girls never say die
Mathieu, Jennifer,
From the acclaimed author of Moxie comes a gripping gender-flipped reimagining of The Outsiders that explores the deep bonds of female friendship and what it takes to be a "bad girl." 1964. Houston, Texas. Evie Barnes is a bad girl. So are all...
Grade 8-Adult
Bravely
Stiefvater, Maggie,
An instant New York Times Bestseller! What if you had one year to save everything you loved? ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family--jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets-- and her...
Grades 8-10
A curse so dark and lonely
Kemmerer, Brigid,
A New York Times bestseller! "Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale." - Jodi Picoult In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance...
Grade 8-10
Damsel
Arnold, Elana K.,
*A 2019 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book* A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince...

Grades 8-10

Elatsoe
Little Badger, Darcie,
Locus Award Winner--Best First Novel A National Indie Bestseller Nebula Award Finalist Lodestar Award Finalist Ignyte Award Finalist TIME's Best 100 Fantasy Books of All Time NPR Best of the Year Booklist's...
Grade 8-10
Geekerella
Poston, Ashley,
An enchanting YA romance from the New York Times best-selling author of The Dead Romantics. Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs,...
Grades 8-10
Malice : a novel
Walter, Heather,
A princess isn't supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this "bewitching and fascinating" (Tamora Pierce) retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," true love is more than a simple fairy tale.   "Walter's spellbinding debut is for all the queer girls and women who've...
Grade 10+
A mirror mended
Harrow, Alix E.,
Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you've rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you've gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish...
Grades 10+
Mort(e) : a novel
Repino, Robert,
Grade 8-10
My dear Henry : a Jeckyll & Hyde remix
Bayron, Kalynn,
Grades 10+
New boy
Chevalier, Tracy,
Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's Othello--a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge--to a 1970s era elementary school playground.  Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day-...
Grade 8-10
Sisters of the Neversea
Smith, Cynthia Leitich,
Five starred reviews! In this beautifully reimagined story by NSK Neustadt Laureate and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), Native American Lily and English Wendy embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale...

Grades 6-7

The sleeper and the spindle
Gaiman, Neil,
New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman has created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, "told in a way only Gaiman can" (GeekInsider.com), that the Guardian calls "a refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story." In this captivating and...
Grade 6-7
A song below water
Morrow, Bethany C.,
Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today's readers -- a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism. In a society determined to keep her under lock and...

Grades 8-10

The song of Achilles
Miller, Madeline,
"At once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist....A book I could not put down." --Ann Patchett "Mary Renault lives again!" declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline...
Grade 10+
The witch, the sword, and the cursed knights
Rogers, Alexandria,
Perfect for fans of The School for Good and Evil and A Tale of Magic..., this Barnes & Noble Children's Book Award finalist and Amazon Best Book of the Month is a charming fantasy debut that puts a new spin on the legend of Camelot Twelve-year-old...

Grades 6-7


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