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Fairy Tales

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
Nine tales retold Blockstyle, in gritty magical realism.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Daring retellings of thirteen tales featuring strong female characters.

Just Ella by Margeret Haddix Peterson
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
You'll find elements of many fairy tales in this novel — curses, spells, princes, and glass slippers. And Alexandria is locked in a tower — how will she escape?

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this Cinderella story, Ella was "blessed" at birth with the gift of obedience. She must do whatever she is told. How can she break this curse?

Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince.

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love he is released from the curse that had turned him from man to beast