Reading Riot: Once Upon a Time…Fairy Tales for Young Adults

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Stories concocted with wicked witches, powerful curses and magic spells tend to create charmed fables. These traditional folk and fairy tales have been passed down for generations and explore lessons to be learned. Although often associated with stories for younger children, books for young adults can also be based on traditional tales. To celebrate World Folktales and Fables Week, we’ve put together a list of enchanting books retold from classic fairy tales just for teens. Happy reading!

The Frog Princess by E.D. BakerDragon and castle

Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Once upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

Princess of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Birdwing by Rafe Martin

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library

For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teens.

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