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, Peter Pan, The Pied Piper, Robin Hood, and Shakespeare. The titles listed are located in the School Collection (room 106) of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, unless otherwise indicated. Many of the older books may be located in the S-Collection storage area; please consult the catalog and request assistance from the reference staff.
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Beddor, Frank. Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Vol. 1
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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Princess Alyss of Wonderland. 2007
A scrapbook filled with the collected letters, journal writings and vibrant art of a lost princess.
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
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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.
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
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.
Wallace, Karen. Wendy. 2004
This novel explores Wendy’s unhappy life before the coming of Peter Pan.
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
Skurzynkski, 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.
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.
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.
Lionclaw : a Tale of Rowan Hood. 2002
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!
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.
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.
Lester, Julius. Othello : a novel. 1995
A retelling of Shakespeare's Othello with several minor, but important, changes.
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.