I have always loved fairy tales and the way they teach us about society and ourselves. It’s even more fun when authors take these tales and give them a new spin. Here at the library we call them Fractured Fairy Tales and we have booklists dedicated to keeping track of these fabulous stories. Here are some of the buried treasures from those lists.
By Sarah Henning
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. This reimaging of The Little Mermaid is a mysterious and haunting tale that sets up a series, the second book is SEA WITCH RISING and it promises swashbuckling action and adventure.
By Juliet Marillier
Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world called the Wildwood. This spin on Twelve Dancing Princesses is also a crossover with Dracula and is atmospheric and dreamlike. It also is the beginning of a series, so we get to see the fabulous sisters in action again!
By Robin McKinley
This is an oldy but a goody. No list of fairy tale retellings is complete without some mention of this masterpiece. Beauty is not the prettiest girl in her family, but she is the cleverest, bravest, and most honorable; so, when the Beast demands she take her father’s place, she is ready to go as forfeit for the rose her father stole. Based on Beauty and the Beast, this lovely retelling will sweep you away to a land of roses, huge libraries, and mysterious voices in the dark.
By Jane Yolen
Rebecca has always loved listening to her grandmother’s stories about the Briar Rose. As her grandmother lays dying, she whispers the truth that she is actually Briar Rose and that the story is true. Rebecca sets out to understand the stories she has been told since she was a tiny girl. They will lead her to the work camps of World War II and the answers she has been seeking. This modern contemporary spin on Briar Rose will draw you in and really make you think!