Reading Riot: Fairy Tales Retold for Young Adults

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Fairy tales are no longer just for children. From the Brothers Grimm dark and gruesome plots to Disney movies featuring evil spells, many of these tales also appeal to older readers. Here are some tales from the young adult collection that have gotten a makeover.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeCrimson Bound book cover
Inspired by the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Crimson Bound” traces the efforts of reckless magical apprentice Rachelle to protect the king’s bastard son and save her world from the threat of eternal darkness.

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses and other dangers before learning exactly who she is.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The first book in the series is Cinder, a futuristic take on the Cinderella story in which a 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.

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
This retelling of Snow White from the evil step mother’s point of view features 15-year-old Dolce, who grows up on islands in a Venetian lagoon where she learns how to make mirrors.  When her mother dies she is taken in by a widower and his daughter while she secretly continues making mirrors but slowly goes mad from mercury poisoning.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a werewolf killed their grandmother and almost killed them, Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls. The sisters learn how to lure the werewolves with red cloaks and occasionally enlist the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The tale of Sleeping Beauty and the dark tale of the Holocaust are twined together in a story of darkness and redemption.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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