Tuesday Ten: 10 Fairytale Retellings

There are myths, legends, and fairytales that we tell time and time again. Here are some suggestions for new takes on some classic stories.

#1 Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

  • LGBTQIA book with POC lead
  • 416 pages
  • Set 200 years after Cinderella found her prince. The Annual Ball is now a requirement, and if a match is not found the girls are never heard from again.

#2 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

  • Book One of The Wicked Years Series
  • 448 pages
  • Basis of a Tony Award-winning musical
  • A darker take on the Land of Oz, its inhabitants, the Wizard, and the Emerald City

#3 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • 390 pages
  • A teenage cyborg who fights against outer space villains for Earth’s survival
  • Retelling of Cinderella

#4 A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Julie Kagawa, Sona Charaipotra, Cindy Pon, et al.

  • Anthology containing stories from sixteen Asian and South Asian authors
  • 352 pages
  • Stories that reimagine East and South Asia folklore and mythology

#5 A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

  • Book One in A Touch of Gold Series
  • 320 pages
  • Fantasy adventure involving the untold story of King Midas’ daughter

#6 Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

  • Feminist fantasy fairy tale
  • 384 pages
  • Reimagining of Snow White

#7 The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

  • Book One of The Wrath and the Dawn
  • 435 pages
  • Retelling of One Thousand and One Nights

#8 Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

  • LGBTQIA book with a gender-non-binary teen character
  • 370 pages
  • Mixture of Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Swan Lake

#9 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

  • Book One of Sisters of the Salt series
  • 406 pages
  • Dark take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses

#10 The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

  • Stand-a-lone novel
  • 290 pages
  • Modern take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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