Bibliographies | Retellings of Multiple Fairy Tales | Collections | Beauty and the Beast | Cinderella | East of the Sun and West of the Moon | Frog Prince | Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Hansel and Gretel | Little Red Riding Hood | Rapunzel | Rumpelstiltskin | Six Swans | Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose | Snow White | Toads and Diamonds | Twelve Dancing Princesses
Fairy tales have been retold through various cultures and mediums for generations. Contemporary retellers of fairy tales mix fantasy and realism, fleshing out characters and exposing new ideas. These tales build on traditional fairy tales to create new works of fantasy.
This list is organized by tale, including stories with a variety of fairy tale references, and collections of short stories. Annotations for collections of stories include an alphabetical list of the fairy tales used.
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Bomhold, Catharine and Terri E. Elder. Twice Upon a Time: A Guide to Fractured, Altered, and Retold Folk and Fairy Tales. 2008.
This is a guide to more than 300 fractured, altered, and otherwise retold classic folk and fairy tales presented in picture books for K-5 students. Annotations describe each book, explaining how it diverges from the original. Settings and themes are highlighted and extras such as author's notes and glossaries are noted. Organized by original story (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and so forth) and then by author, all entries also provide full bibliographic information. Indexes offer access by author, title, illustrator, location, and motif.
Retellings of Multiple Fairy Tales
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Ahlberg, Allan. Previously. 2007.
The adventures of various nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters are retold in backward sequence with each tale interrelated to the other. Includes Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and Jill, The Frog Prince, Cinderella, and The Gingerbread Man.
Beck, Ian. The Secret History of Tom Trueheart. 2007.
When young Tom Trueheart's seven older brothers all go missing during their adventures in the Land of Stories, he embarks on a perilous mission to save them and to capture the rogue story-writer who wants to do away with the heroes. Their adventures involve Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and more.
Blubaugh, Penny. Serendipity Market. 2009.
When the world begins to seem unbalanced, Mama Inez calls ten storytellers to the Serendipity Market and, through the power of their magical tales, the balance of the world is corrected once again. The tales include re-tellings of The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and more.
Buckley, Michael. The Fairy-Tale Detectives. 2005.
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. They solve crimes involving the Everafters, the magical creatures and people of fairy tales and fantasy, who are trapped in their town.
Sequels (Sisters Grimm):
Not Available at UIUC
The Unusual Suspects. 2005.
The Problem Child. 2006.
Once Upon a Crime. 2007.
Magic and Other Misdemeanors. 2007.
Tales from the Hood. 2009.
The Everafter War. 2009.
The Inside Story. 2010.
The Council of Mirrors. 2012.
Durst, Sarah Beth. Into the Wild. 2007.
Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel, along with her daughter Julie Marchen, tries to live a fairly normal life, but when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story.
Out of the Wild. 2008.
Gruber, Michael. The Witch's Boy. 2005.
Lump is a foundling, raised by a witch and her strange friends. But when he is cruelly treated by the people of the outside world, he turns against his mother. Only through tragedy and pain does he come to accept himself and learn his heart's desire. Elements of fairy tales, including Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel are incorporated throughout the story.
Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase: A Novel. 2001.
When an old peasant woman gives Alexandria the goose girl a marvelous gift, she finds unexpected and unwelcome consequences. With the help of her enchanted geese, she must escape from those who seek to exploit her gift and find a new life.
Maguire, Gregory. The Dream Stealer. 1983.
This fantasy combines elements from several Russian fairy tales, including the magical Firebird, Baba Yaga the witch, and the beautiful Vasilissa.
Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons. 1990.
Cimorene is tired of her life as a princess and discovers she much prefers being captured by a dragon. In this and the following sequels, traditional fairy tales and themes are retold with hilarious results.
Sequels (Enchanted Forest Chronicles):
Searching for Dragons. 1991.
Calling on Dragons. 1993.
Talking to Dragons. 1993.
Block, Francesca Lia. The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold. 2000.
Modern retellings in Block's individual style include: Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Snow White and Rose Red, The Snow Queen, and Thumbelina.
Brooke, William J. A Telling of the Tales: Five Stories. 1990.
Contemporary retellings of five classic fairy tales and tall tales; Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, John Henry, Paul Bunyan, and Sleeping Beauty.
More retellings and continuations of traditional tales by William J. Brooke:
Untold Tales. 1992.
Teller of Tales. 1994.
Codell, Esme Raji. Fairly Fairy Tales. 2011.
Codell adds an oddball twist to classic stories, as a parent and child read before bedtime. These stories look at how each twist changes the story. Stories include Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk among others.
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Dahl, Roald. Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes. 1983.
Humorous, gruesome and gory retellings of classic stories in rhyme. Includes: Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Three Little Pigs.
Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling (ed). Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales. 2009.
Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales--evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In this anthology for younger readers, you'll hear from the Giant's wife (from Jack and the Beanstalk), Rumpelstiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and more.
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Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling (ed). A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales.2000.
Modern, fantastic, and sometimes tragic retellings of fairy tales, including The Twelve Months, Cinderella, The Goose Girl, and Little Red Riding Hood.
Donoghue, Emma. Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins. 1997.
Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Includes retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White, among others.
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Levine, Gail Carson. The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales. 2006.
Ever since Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine introduced the magical village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the faraway Kingdom of Biddle, young readers have been laughing their way through her hilarious retellings of famous and not-so-famous fairy tales. Contains retellings of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Diamonds and Toads, The Princess and the Pea, The Golden Goose, and Puddocky.
Gidwitz, Adam. A Tale Dark and Grimm. 2010.
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The Seven Ravens, Brother and Sister, The Robber Bridegroom, and The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs.
In a Glass Grimmly. 2012.
Healy, Christopher. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. 2012.
The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom.
Sequel (League of Princes)
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. 2013.
Maguire, Gregory. Leaping Beauty and Other Animal Fairy Tales. 2004.
Retellings of well-known fairy tales with animals as protagonists. Includes: Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Three Little Pigs.
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Marcantonio, Patricia Santos. Red Ridin' in the Hood and Other Cuentos. 2005.
Fairy tales and myths retold through various Latin American cultures. Includes: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Beauty and the Beast, Emperor's New Clothes, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Orpheus and Eurydice, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Pied Piper of Hamlin, and Three Little Pigs.
McKinley, Robin. The Door in the Hedge. 1981.
Of these four stories, two are excellent rewritings of the traditional tales "The Princess and the Frog" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."
Rallison, Janette. My Fair Godmother. 2009.
High school sophomore Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date after her boyfriend breaks up with her to date her older sister, but when a godmother who is only fair becomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages, along with a boy who would like to be her charming prince.
Riley, James. Half Upon a Time. 2010.
In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.
Twice Upon a Time. 2012.
Not available at UIUC
Once Upon the End. 2013.
Scieszka, Jon and Lane Smith. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 1992.
Parodies of traditional fairy tales, narrated by the characters themselves. Includes: The Little Red Hen, Chicken Licken (Chicken Little), Princess and the Pea. The Ugly Duckling, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Gingerbread Man.
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Valentino, Jim and Kristen Koerner Simon. Fractured Fables. 2010.
Presents, in comic book format, thirty familiar fairy tales, songs, fables, and stories as retold by such acclaimed authors and illustrators as Ben Templesmith, Jim Di Bartolo, Scott Morse, and May Ann Licudine.
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Vande Velde, Vivian. Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird. 1992.
Humorous and sometimes grim retellings of thirteen classic fairy tales. Includes: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Frog Prince, The Pied Piper of Hamlin, The Princess and the Pea, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Beauty and the Beast
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Crazy Beautiful. 2009.
In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a gorgeous girl whose mother has recently died form an instant connection when they meet on their first day as new students.
Flinn, Alex. Beastly. 2007.
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
Jay, Stacey. Of Beast and Beauty. 2013.
When nineteen-year-old Gem of the Desert People, called Monstrous by the Smooth Skins, becomes the prisoner of the seventeen-year-old Smooth Skin queen, Isra, age-old prejudices begins to fall aside as the two begin to understand each other.
McKinley, Robin. Rose Daughter. 1997.
McKinley's second retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a very different ending from the traditional story.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. 1978.
This retelling follows the traditional plot while fleshing out the characters and bringing new life to the fairy tale.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Beast. 2000.
Set in Persia, this is the story of the Beast before Beauty arrives as well as the traditional plot of their tale.
Nickerson, Jane. Strands of Bronze and Gold. 2013.
After the death of her father in 1855, seventeen-year-old Sophia goes to live with her wealthy and mysterious godfather at his gothic mansion, Wyndriven Abbey, in Mississippi, where many secrets lie hidden.
Ensor, Barbara. Cinderella (as if you didn’t already know the story). 2006.
In this updated version of the Cinderella story, Cinderella writes letters to her dead mother apologizing for not being more assertive, which she remedies soon after marrying the prince. Readers will delight in following Cinderella through all the usual happenings, presented in a most unusual way.
Farjeon, Eleanor. The Glass Slipper. 1956.
This novel length retelling of Cinderella adds new elements while retaining the classic plot.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. 1999.
Ella has gotten her fairy tale ending and her prince; but is that truly what she wants? A continuation of the story of Cinderella.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. 1997.
Why was Cinderella so good and obedient? In Levine's retelling, Ella is under a curse, forcing her to be obedient to everyone; even her wicked stepmother and her nasty stepsisters. Will the prince rescue her from her miserable family? Or will Ella rescue herself from the curse of obedience?
Lo, Malinda. Ash. 2009.
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.
Marriott, Zoe. Shadows on the Moon. 2012.
Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume, who is able to re-create herself in any form, is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in a revenge plot.
Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012.
As 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 in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Sequel (Lunar Chronicles):
(Also see Little Red Riding Hood tales.)
Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. 2004.
This retelling is based on Chinese Cinderella stories. When Xing Xing's stepmother binds only her own daughter's feet, she cuts Xing Xing off from a suitable marriage. Bound to a life of servitude, Xing Xing must eventually break free of her stepmother's power and make a new life for herself.
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Pullman, Philip. I Was a Rat! 2000.
When Cinderella flees from the castle, she leaves one of her transformed page boys behind. He and the princess must both adjust to their new worlds.
McKinley, Robin. Deerskin. 1993.
As Princess Lissar reaches womanhood, it is clear to the entire kingdom that in her breathtaking beauty she is the mirror image of her mother, the queen--but this seeming blessing forces her to flee from her father's wrath. With her loyal dog, Lissar discovers a world of magic where she finds the key to her own survival.
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Durst, Sarah Beth. Ice. 2009.
A modern-day retelling of "East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon" in which eighteen-year-old Cassie learns that her grandmother's fairy tale is true when a Polar Bear King comes to claim her for his bride and she must decide whether to go with him and save her long-lost mother, or continue helping her father with his research.
George, Jessica Day. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. 2008.
A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.
Pattou, Edith. East. 2003.
This retelling is based on the Norse tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon but also includes elements of the better-known Beauty and the Beast. Set in the Arctic lands, this is a fantastical epic with strong characters.
Baker, E. D. Frog Princess. 2002.
When Princess Emma reluctantly kisses a frog, things don't work out as she had planned. Transformed into a frog herself, the two set out on a journey to break the curse.
Sequels (Tales of the Frog Princess):
Dragon's Breath. 2003.
Once Upon a Curse. 2004.
No Place for Magic. 2006.
The Salamander Spell. 2007.
The Dragon Princess. 2008.
Dragon Kiss. 2009.
Not available at UIUC
A Prince Among Frogs. 2010.
Conford, Ellen. The Frog Princess of Pelham. 1997.
When a kiss from Danny turns Chandler, a wealthy but lonely orphan, into a frog, Danny's humorous attempts to change her back into a human land the pair on a television talk show.
Flinn, Alex. Cloaked. 2011.
Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family's struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
Napoli, Donna Jo. The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin. 1992.
Turned into a frog by an old hag, the prince makes the best of his new life by entering fully into the world of his fellow frogs.
Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace. 1995.
Gracie, the Pixie of the Puddle. 2004.
Vande Velde, Vivian. Frogged. 2013.
When almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is turned into a frog, she puts into practice lessons from the book, The Art of Being a Princess, as she tries to become her less-than-perfect self again.
Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl . 2003. On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by herguards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Baruzzi, Agnese and Sandro Natalini. The True Story of Goldilocks. 2009.
So you think you know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Sometimes things are not what they seem--find out what happened before the famous tale began! This book has movable parts.
Hansel and Gretel
Loftin, Nikki. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy. 2012.
In this twist on "Hansel and Gretel," two middle schoolers find themselves in a new charter school filled with a mysterious abundance of food at mealtimes and sinister teachers up to no good.
Napoli, Donna Jo. The Magic Circle. 1993.
The Ugly One was once a midwife, sorceress, and mother, but now she is hunted by devils and fights a constant battle against the evil they force her to do. When two children come to her candy house, she makes one final effort to save them from herself.
Pearce, Jackson. Sweetly. 2011.
When the owner of a candy shop molds magical treats that instill confidence, bravery, and passion, eighteen-year-old Gretchen's haunted childhood memories of her twin sister's abduction by a witch-like monster begin to fade until girls start vanishing at the annual chocolate festival.
Little Red Riding Hood
Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet. 2013.
Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. (Also see Cinderella tales for first book in the series, Cinder.)
Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. 2010.
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.
Vande Velde, Vivian. Cloaked in Red. 2010.
Presents eight twists on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, exploring such issues as why most characters seem dim-witted and what, exactly, is the theme.
Weston, Robert Paul. Dust City. 2010.
Henry Whelp, son of the Big Bad Wolf, investigates what happened to the fairies that used to protect humans and animalia, and what role the corporation that manufactures synthetic fairy dust played in his father's crime.
The Princess and the Pea
Levine, Gail Carson. The Princess Test . 1999. In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.
Zahler, Diane. A True Princess . 2011. Twelve-year-old Lilia goes north to seek the family she has never known, accompanied by her friends Kai and Karina and their dog Ove, on an adventure fraught with peril, especially when they become lost in Bitra Forest, the Elf King's domain. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Princess and the Pea.
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Hale, Shannon. Rapunzel’s Revenge. 2008.
Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.
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Napoli, Donna Jo. Zel. 1996.
Rapunzel's story is retold from the point of view of Rapunzel, or Zel, her mother and her "prince."
Bunce, Elizabeth C. A Curse as Dark as Gold . 2008. Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
Napoli, Donna Jo and Richard Tchen. Spinners. 1999.
A young tailor cripples himself spinning gold to win his beloved. Years later, the girl he knows to be his daughter must face a similar dilemma and find her own freedom.
Schmidt, Gary D. Straw into Gold. 2001.
When the queen fails to guess Rumpelstiltskin's riddle, he takes her child. Eleven years later, two boys meet the queen and together they learn the true story behind Rumpelstiltskin's actions.
Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. 2013.
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
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Vande Velde, Vivian. The Rumpelstiltskin Problem. 2000.
A collection of humorous, tragic, inventive, and fascinating retellings of the familiar story.
The Six Swans
Martin, Rafe. Birdwing. 2005.
When the princess saves her seven brothers, the youngest is left with one swan's wing. This is the story of his journey toward acceptance and understanding.
Sleeping Beauty or Briar Rose
Baker, E.D. The Wide-Awake Princess. 2010.
Annie, younger sister of the princess who would be known as Sleeping Beauty, is immune to magic and stays awake when the rest of the castle falls into an enchanted sleep, then sets out to find a way to break the spell.
Unlocking the Spell. 2012.
Flinn, Alex. A Kiss in Time. 2009.
Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a 300-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.
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Hale, Bruce. Snoring Beauty. 2008.
An adaptation of the traditional tale, featuring a sleeping, snoring princess who is rescued by a prince after being cursed by a bad fairy.
Levine, Gail Carson. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep. 1999.
Princess Sonora has wonderful christening gifts; including an ever-increasing thirst for knowledge that begins to cause problems. When she falls asleep, will the right prince come?
Lowe, Helen. Thornspell. 2008.
In this elaboration of "Sleeping Beauty," Prince Sigismund, having grown up in a remote castle dreaming of going on knightly quests, has had only a passing interest in the forbidden wood lying beyond the castle gates until a brief encounter with a beautiful and mysterious lady changes his life forever.
McKinley, Robin. Spindle's End. 2000.
When Briar Rose is cursed by the evil Pernicia, a young fairy takes her away to be raised safely in the country. When she learns of her true heritage, she must not only defeat the evil fairy, but choose how she will live; as a princess or as simple Rosie.
Moss, Jenny. Shadow. 2010.
When Shadow, whose job all her life has been to stay close to the young queen and prevent her prophesied death at the age of sixteen, fails in her task and the castle is thrown into chaos, she escapes along with a young knight, embarking upon a journey that eventually reveals her true identity.
Yolen, Jane. Briar Rose. 2002.
Becca has always loved her grandmother, Gemma, and treasures her telling of Sleeping Beauty. When Becca begins to trace her grandmother's history, Gemma's constant retelling of Sleeping Beauty takes on a new, tragic significance.
Yolen, Jane. Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty. 2012.
Accident-prone, thirteen-year-old Gorse, the youngest fairy in her family, falls into a trap while on her way to the palace to bless the newborn princess, Talia, but arrives in time to give a gift which, although seemingly horrific, may prove to be a real blessing in this take-off on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.
The Snow Queen
Ursu, Anne. Breadcrumbs. 2011.
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life.
Harrison, Mette Ivie. Mira, Mirror. 2004.
This is the story of the magic mirror used by Snow White's stepmother. Trapped in the mirror by the woman she had thought her sister, Mira's quest for freedom eventually leads her to true freedom and understanding of her sister.
Levine, Gail Carson. Fairest. 2006.
Aza has hair as black as ebony, lips as red as blood, and skin as white as snow; and everyone thinks she's ugly. In a land where conventional beauty and singing are highly valued, her looks make her an outcast until she learns to control and accept her magical voice and her unique appearance.
St. Crow, Lili. Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness. 2013.
Raised in luxury as the pampered, adopted heiress of Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven -- the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven -- Camille knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. Then she meets the mysterious Tor and begins to uncover the secrets of her birth ... to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
Yolen, Jane. Snow in Summer. 2011.
Recasts the tale of Snow White, setting it in West Virginia in the 1940s with a stepmother who is a snake-handler.
Toads and Diamonds
Frederick, Heather Vogel. Once Upon a Toad. 2012.
When her mother goes on a NASA mission, Cat Starr is sent to live with her father, stepsister Olivia, and younger brother Geoffrey, but interference by her inept fairy godmother causes toads to appear when Cat speaks and gems to fall from Olivia's mouth, bringing one to the attention of jewel thieves and the other to a secret government laboratory.
Levine, Gail Carson. The Fairy's Mistake. 1999.
The fairy Ethelinda rewards one sister and punishes the other for their behavior; but her reward makes the recipient miserable and her punishment delights the unpleasant sister. It takes a few more tries before Ethelinda gets it right.
Tomlinson, Heather. Toads and Diamonds. 2010.
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.
Twelve Dancing Princesses
Calhoun, Dia. The Phoenix Dance. 2005.
Phoenix, a shoemaker's apprentice, is afflicted with a strange illness (Bipolar Disorder). But when the twelve princesses are put under a spell, she must learn to master her illness to rescue them and herself.
Dixon, Heather. Entwined. 2011.
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who's trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.
George, Jessica Day. Princess of the Midnight Ball. 2009.
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
Princess of Glass. 2010.
Not available at UIUC
Princess of the Silver Woods. 2012.
Haskell, Merrie. The Princess Curse. 2011.
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice--will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?
Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing. 2007.
Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.
Zahler, Diane. The Thirteenth Princess. 2009.
Zita, cast aside by her father and raised as a kitchen maid, learns when she is nearly twelve that she is a princess and that her twelve sisters love her, and so when she discovers they are victims of an evil enchantment, she desperately tries to save them. Inspired by the Grimm fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."