Classic literature contains universal themes and often continues to influence writers and readers alike. The stories below retell classic literature for children and adults, continuing the story, mixing fantasy and realism, fleshing out characters, and exposing new ideas.
They are organized by the original work or author, including Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein , Jane Austen , Peter Pan, The Pied Piper, Robin Hood, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes , and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Most books are located in the School (S-) Collection (Room 112, Main Library) of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). However, books may also be located at the Center for Children's Books and older books may be located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Room 346, Main Library), or in the Oak Street Facility. To verify the location of an item, search for the book in the Online Library Catalog. If you require assistance locating an item, please ask for assistance at the SSHEL Information Desk.
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Beddor, Frank. Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Vol. 1. 2008
In a morphed Wonderland the Queen’s bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, undertakes an unscheduled journey through this sinister dystopia to rescue Alyss, the lost princess of Wonderland. This is a graphic novel.
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Beddor, Frank. Princess Alyss of Wonderland. 2007
A scrapbook filled with the collected letters, journal writings and vibrant art of a lost princess.
Beddor, Frank.The Looking Glass Wars. 2006
Alyss Heart has been forced out of her kingdom by her evil aunt Redd. Living in Oxford as Alice Liddell, she struggles to retain her identity and memories and return to her home.
Sequels (Looking Glass Wars):
Seeing Redd. 2007
Howard, A. G. Splintered. 2013
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.
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King-Smith, Dick. The Roundhill. 1999
Evan at first resents the strange girl who appears in his special place; but eventually they become friends and she introduces him to a special book.
Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark Endeavor. 2011
When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.
Sequel (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein):
Such Wicked Intent. 2012
Priestley, Chris. Mister Creecher. 2011
In 1918 London, fifteen-year-old Billy, a pickpocket, meets Mr. Creecher, a monstrous giant, and their relationship swiftly turns from pure convenience to a strong bond as they journey northwards on the trail of Victor Frankenstein.
Salomon, Peter Adam. Henry Franks. 2012
While a serial killer stalks his small Georgia town, sixteen-year-old Henry tries to find the truth about the terrible accident that robbed him of his mother and his memories, aided by his friend Justine but not by his distant father.
Eulberg, Elizabeth. Prom and Prejudice. 2011
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.
LaZebnik, Claire. Epic Fail. 2011
In this modern take on "Pride and Prejudice," Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple.
LaZebnik, Claire. The Trouble with Flirting. 2013
Loosely based on Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park," relates high school junior Franny's summer at Mansfield College in Portland, Oregon, where she helps her aunt sew costumes for an acting program and gets caught between the boy she likes and the one who likes her.
Peterfreund, Diana. For Darkness Shows the Stars. 2012
Elliot North fights to save her family's land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
Rushton, Rosie. The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love. 2005
The Walker sisters have always lived a privileged life in their beloved Holly House in Sussex. Even though their father, Max Walker, has left the family to live with his new macrobiotic-food-obsessed trophy wife, Pandora, he has always doted on his girls. But then one day, reality crashes down around them when Max has a heart attack and passes away, uncovering the truth that he was knee deep in debt. The Walkers discover that their home is actually in Pandora's name and she decides she wants it back. So the family has to uproot their lives and move to the seaside town of Norfolk in an old cottage.
Shulman, Polly. Enthusiasm. 2006
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.
Springer, Kristina. The Espressologist. 2009
While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.
Ziegler, Jennifer. Sass and Serendipity. 2011
Unlike her romantic sister, Gabby is down-to-earth and does not put her trust in relationships, but when the richest boy in school befriends her, she discovers that emotional barriers might actually be getting in the way of her happiness.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Tiger Lily. 2012
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy--Peter Pan--and falls in love with him.
Barry, Dave. Peter and the Starcatchers. 2004
When orphaned Peter sets sail on the ship Never Land, he never expected to meet Molly, a young starcatcher, and join those trying to guard the magical stardust from greedy pirates.
Peter and the Shadow Thieves. 2006
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. 2007
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Peter and the Sword of Mercy. 2009.
Hart, James V. Capt. Hook : The Adventures of a Notorious Youth. 2005
In the original story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook's past is briefly hinted at; "he had been at a famous public school." This is the story of Hook at that school and how he became a pirate king afterwards.
Levine, Gail Carson. Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. 2005
A new fairy has arrived in Never Land, just in time for a catastrophic event. Can Prilla, the fairy without a talent, rescue Mother Dove’s egg and save Never Land's magic?
McCaughrean, Geraldine. Peter Pan in Scarlet. 2006
It's 1930 and Neverland is in danger. Wendy and the Lost Boys must help Peter Pan to save Neverland and stop the terrible nightmares which are leaking out into the real world.
Nayeri, Daniel and Dina. Another Pan. 2010
While attending an elite prep school where their father is a professor, Wendy and John Darling discover a book which opens the door to other worlds, to Egyptian myths long thought impossible, and to the home of an age-old darkness.
Wallace, Karen. Wendy. 2004
This novel explores Wendy’s unhappy life before the coming of Peter Pan.
DeKeyser, Stacy. The Brixen Witch. 2012
Twelve-year-old Rudi stumbles upon a witch's lair while out hunting, takes a gold coin he finds there but loses it again, then must deal with the witch's servant who promises to end the town's rat infestation only if he receives that gold coin, in a story reminiscent of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Breath. 2003
The story of the Piper of Hamelin as told by the sick boy who is left behind.
Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. 2001
The clever Maurice, a cat, with the help of a boy and some rats, con town after town until they are faced with an evil rat king and have to reconsider what they value most.
Richardson, Bill. After Hamelin. 2000
Penelope awakens one morning and can no longer hear; so when the Pied Piper steals the town's children, she is left behind. With the help of a strange group of friends, she goes on a quest to rescue her sister and friends.
Stone, David Lee. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe. 2004
This satirical retelling of the Pied Piper features a simple shepherd boy who has been possessed by evil magic, a group of well-intentioned but misfit mercenaries, and a foolish duke.
Sequels (Illmoor Chronicles):
The Yowler Foul-up. 2006
The Shadewell Shenanigans. 2005
Skurzynski, Gloria. What Happened in Hamelin. 1979
This fictionalized history of the Pied Piper attempts to place the story in its historical setting and explain the characters' motives and the true, tragic fate of the children of Hamelin.
Weatherill, Cat. Wild Magic. 2008
Mari and her brother Jakob join the other children of Hamelin as they follow the Pied Piper into a world of wild magic, where they will remain until the fearsome Beast identifies the child chosen to free him from a centuries-old curse.
Cadnum, Michael. Forbidden Forest: The Story of Little John and Robin Hood. 2002
Profiles Little John, from his quiet life before joining Robin Hood through his adventures protecting a beautiful lady when she is wrongfully accused of murdering her husband.
Cadnum, Michael. In a Dark Wood. 1998
On orders from the King, the Sheriff of Nottingham seeks to capture the outlaw Robin Hood, but he finds him to be a tricky and elusive foe.
Cody, Matthew. Will in Scarlet. 2013
In the late 1100s, thirteen-year-old Will, the future Lord of Shackley, is exiled to Sherwood Forest, where he meets Robin Hood and the Merry Men and bands with them to try retake Shackley Castle.
Furlong, Monica. Robin's Country. 1995
The story of Robin Hood is retold from the point of view of a small boy, nicknamed Dummy, who flees to Sherwood to escape a cruel master.
Gaughen, A. C. Scarlet. 2012
Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector, risking his own life in the process.
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Lady Thief. 2014
McKinley, Robin. Outlaws of Sherwood. 1988
This retelling of Robin Hood focuses on the characters and their various motivations and lives.
Pyle, Howard. Howard Pyle's Robin Hood. 2008
Robin Hood is redone as a graphic novel in this adaptation by Joe Dunn illustrated by Ben Dunn.
Springer, Nancy. Rowan Hood : Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest. 2001
Rowan has never met her father, Robin Hood, but when her mother is murdered she sets out to find him with a motley group of friends.
Outlaw Princess of Sherwood. 2003
Wild boy. 2004
Rowan Hood Returns. 2005
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Tomlinson, Theresa. The Forestwife. 1995
Mary flees to the forest to escape marriage to an elderly widower and discovers a new life with the people of the forest. This is a new twist on the traditional story of Maid Marian.
Yolen, Jane. Sherwood : Original Stories from the World of Robin Hood. 2000
Eight original stories connected to the legend of Robin Hood.
Fiedler, Lisa. Dating Hamlet : Ophelia's Story. 2002
Ophelia retells the story of Hamlet from her point of view - with a very different ending!
Gratz, Alan. Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery. 2007
In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince's father in Denmark, Tennessee.
Sequel (Horatio Wilkes Mysteries):
Something Wicked: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery. 2008
Hutchison, Dot. A Wounded Name. 2013
A reimagining of the world and story of Hamlet--from Ophelia's perspective and set in an American boarding school.
Klein, Lisa M. Ophelia: A Novel. 2006
In a story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.
Marsden, John. Hamlet: A Novel. 2009
Grieving for the recent death of his beloved father and appalled by his mother's quick remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet, heir to the Danish throne, struggles with conflicting emotions, particularly after his father's ghost appeals to him to avenge his death.
Ranulfo. Joker. 2006
A modern retelling of Hamlet, in which fifteen-year-old Matt begins questioning everything he believes in after the death of his best friend and his parents' divorce.
Ray, Michelle. Falling for Hamlet: A Novel. 2011
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is set in the modern world of computers, cell phones, and paparazzi, and on a popular television talk show it is revealed that Ophelia has not died.
Cooney, Caroline B. Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth. 2007.
When her father betrays the Scottish king and is hung as a traitor, Lady Mary's future is bleak after she loses her only true protector and ends up locked away in the tower by the powerful and deadly Lord and Lady Macbeth.
Klein, Lisa M. Lady Macbeth’s Daughter. 2009
In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
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Cannon, A. E. The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love. 2008
Over the summer, Salt Lake City high school student Ed McIff works at a video store, wearing a shirt with the name Sergio on it, and when a beautiful girl comes in one day, he decides to take on a new, more suave identity, resulting in a series of misunderstandings and star-crossed encounters.
Stine, R. L. A Midsummer Night’s Scream. 2013
Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site.
Sutherland, Tui T. This Must Be Love. 2004
Two good friends tell of strange occurrences between themselves and the boys they like during a high school production of "Romeo and Juliet," which are reminiscent of the magical world of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
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Draper, Sharon M. Romiette and Julio. 1999
Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.
Fiedler, Lisa. Romeo's Ex : Rosaline's Story. 2006
Whatever happened to Rosaline, Romeo's first love? A retelling of Romeo and Juliet from Rosaline's point of view.
Jay, Stacey. Juliet Immortal. 2011
For seven hundred years, the souls of Romeo and Juliet have repeatedly inhabited the bodies of newly deceased people to battle to the death as sworn enemies, until they meet for the last time as two Southern California high school students.
Romeo Redeemed. 2012
Myers, Walter Dean. Street Love. 2006
This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.
Selfors, Suzanne. Saving Juliet. 2008
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford’s stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare’s Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.
Serle, Rebecca. When You Were Mine. 2012
Seniors Rosaline Caplet and Rob Monteg, neighbors and best friends, have finally become a couple at their Southern California high school, but when Rosie's estranged cousin Juliet moves back into town and pursues Rob in an unstable, needy, and vindictive manner, Rosie starts to worry not just about Rob's emotions, but about his very life.
Taub, Melinda. Still Star-Crossed. 2013
After the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, so, for the sake of peace, the Prince orders Romeo's best friend Benvolio to marry Juliet's cousin Rosaline.
Gehrman, Jody. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty. 2008
Sixteen-year-olds Geena, Hero, and Amber spend the summer working at a Sonoma, California coffee shop, where they experience romance, identity crises, and newfound friendships. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Lester, Julius. Othello : A novel. 1995
A retelling of Shakespeare's Othello with several minor, but important, changes.
Pressler, Mirjam. Shylock’s Daughter. 2001
Sixteen-year-old Jessica, who longs to be free of the restrictions of her father and life in the Jewish ghetto of sixteen-century Venice, falls in love with a Christian aristocrat and must make choices which will affect her whole family. Inspired by Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.
Rees, Celia. The Fool’s Girl. 2010
Violetta and Feste have come to London to rescue a holy relic taken from a church in Illyria by the evil Malvolio, and once there, they tell the story of their adventures to playwright William Shakespeare, who turns it into a play. Based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Tiffany, Grace. Ariel. 2005
Ariel, beautiful and magical, rules half of her enchanted isle, dreaming of the savior from the east who will help her conquer all. When Prospero, a lost mariner, appears on the beach, his young daughter, Miranda, in tow, Ariel entices him with her visions of conquest. All does not go smoothly however, and their clash comes to a head when Ariel, summoning her full powers, creates a cataclysmic storm that will change their lives and the island forever. Shakespeare’s The Tempest takes on new meaning for new readers, as Tiffany explores the imagination's power to transform grief into dangerous dreams.
Gleason, Colleen. The Clockwork Scarab. 2013
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs--but where does a time traveler fit in?
Lane, Andrew. Death Cloud. 2011
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.
Sequels (Young Sherlock Holmes):
Rebel Fire. 2011
Black Ice. 2013
Fire Storm. 2013
Mack, Tracy and Michael Citrin. The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas. 2006
The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers.
Peacock, Shane. Eye of the Crow. 2007
A woman is found stabbed to death in London. A young boy is drawn to the scene to investigate the murder and becomes a suspect himself.
Sequels (The Boy Sherlock Holmes):
Death in the Air. 2008
Vanishing Girl. 2009
The Secret Fiend. 2012
The Dragon Turn. 2011
Becoming Holmes. 2012
Scheier, Leah. Secret Letters. 2012
Sixteen-year-old Dora travels to London to meet Sherlock Holmes, who might be her biological father, and ask his help for her cousin who is being blackmailed over some stolen letters, but although Holmes dies before she arrives, a handsome young detective comes to Dora's aid.
Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Missing Marquess. 2006
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
Sequels (Enola Holmes Mysteries):
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady. 2007
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets. 2008
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan. 2008
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline. 2009
The Case of the Gypsy Good-Bye. 2010
Fantaskey, Beth. Jekel Loves Hyde. 2010
As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.
Hubbard, Mandy. Dangerous Boy. 2012
In this modern twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Harper is surprised by tumbling into an intense romance with Logan, a newcomer to her Enumclaw, Washington, high school, but soon Logan's sinister twin is pulling them apart.
Nayeri, Daniel and Dina. Another Jekyll, Another Hyde. 2012
After his girlfriend dumps him and his father remarries, Thomas finds his life spinning out of control at the same time news breaks about a vicious crime, causing Thomas to suspect that his stepmother has involved him in a supernatural plan.
Reese, James. The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mademoiselle Odile. 2012
In this prequel to "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" set in 1870s Paris during the Prussian siege, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl whose knowledge of witchcraft includes transformation spells meets a young medical doctor from London.