Dokey, Cameron - Storyteller's Daughter (272 pages) - When betrayed by his queen, King Shahrayar's heart was destroyed. No longer able to trust or love, he makes a terrible decision-he will a bride for one night only. In the morning, she will face a horrendous fate and he will chose another. Nothing can change his course, until one brave woman steps forward. Shahrazad, the Storyteller's Daughter.
Fletcher, Susan - Shadow Spinner (219 pages) - When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the Sultan's harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Shahrazad the stories, which will save the queen's life.
Beauty and the Beast
Flinn, Alex – Beastly (304 pages) – A modern retelling from the point of view of 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.
Holder, Nancy – Spirited (253 pages) - In 1756, during the war between the British and the French, Isabella and her father are kidnapped by a young medicine man who wishes revenge for his wife and child, but after noticing the bravery of his young victim, Wusamequin reconsiders his plans of murder and brings her into his mystical world.
Lackey, Mercedes - The Fire Rose (433 pages) - Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.
McKinley, Robin -
- Beauty: a Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast (247 pages) - Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell, which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
- Rose Daughter (306 pages) - 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.
Napoli, Donna Jo - Beast (260 pages) - Elaborates on the tale of "Beauty and the Beast," told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.
Dokey, Cameron – Before Midnight (193 pages) – A retelling of the tale about a girl whose father remarries and the effects the stepmother has on the family
Haddix, Margaret Peterson - Just Ella (224 pages) - 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.
Holder, Nancy – The Rose Bride (245 pages) – When Rose’s mother dies; her only comfort is her mother’s rose garden. But Rose is dealt a second blow when her father dies leaving her with his greedy widow and her daughter.
Kantor, Melissa – If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? (283 pages) When the father of high school sophomore, Lucy Norton, remarries, Lucy finds herself tormented by her two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother.
Lackey, Mercedes – The Fairy Godmother (Bib#526932) (417 pages) - In the mystical realm of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the newest Fairy Godmother tries to help three impossible princes find the women of their dreams, while fending off an evil sorcerer who is determined to destroy her kingdom.
Levine, Gail Carson - Ella Enchanted (232 pages) - Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Maguire, Gregory - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (368 pages) - We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks? (Synopsis taken from book jacket)
Napoli, Donna Jo – Bound (186 pages) – In a novel based on the Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that she alone might marry well.
Palmer, Robin – Cindy Ella (264 pages) – Sophomore iconoclast Cindy Gold publishes an anti-prom letter in her high school newspaper, but when she develops a crush on her SAT tutor, on top of the ones she already has on popular senior Adam Silver as well as a boy she has been exchanging IMs with, she begins to doubt her own convictions.
Stanley, Diane – Bella at Midnight (Bib#610308) (278 pages) - Raised by peasants, Bella discovers that she is actually the daughter of a knight and finds herself caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life and the kingdom forever.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
George, Jessica Day – Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (328 pages) – A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.
Pattou, Edith – East (498 pages) - A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
Hale, Shannon - Goose Girl (383 pages) - On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards 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.
Kindl, Patricia - Goose Chase (214 pages) - Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.
Block, Francesca Lia –
- Ecstasia (196 pages) - Calliope forms Ecstasia, a rock band, with her brother, Rafe, but a series of visions compels her to leave the group and journey to Under, where the Old Ones went to die and where her parents disappeared.
- Psyche in a Dress (bib#622066) (116 pages) – A young woman, Psyche, searches for her lost love and questions her true self in a modern retelling of Greek Myths.
Cooney, Caroline - Goddess of Yesterday (263 pages) - In ancient Sparta, young Anaxandra must assume a false identity to ensure her safety. She guards against the jealousy and suspicion of Helen, the beautiful wife of King Meneleus, whose actions will trigger a tragic war with Troy.
Friesner, Esther –
- Nobody’s Princess (305 pages) – Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean World.
- Temping Fate (279 pages) - After landing a summer job with the Divine Relief Temp Agency, teenaged Ilana finds herself substituting for the Greek mythological goddesses, the Fates, who spin, measure, and cut the life-threads of every human being.
Geras, Adele -
- Ithaka (360 pages) – The island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband, as she patiently awaits the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War.
- Troy (340 pages) - Told from the point of view of the women of Troy, portrays the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses, find ways to stir things up.
Kindl, Patrice – Lost in the Labyrinth (194 pages) – Fourteen-year-old Princess Xenocide tries to prevent the death of her half-brother, the Minotaur, at the hands of the Athenian prince, Theseus, who is aided by Icarus, Daedulus, and her sister Ariadne.
Lester, Julius – Cupid: a Tale of Love and Desire (198 pages) - Cupid, the spoiled and mischievous god of love, is attracted to and marries the beautiful mortal, Psyche, and both learn many lessons about the nature of love.
Marsh, Katherine – The Night Tourist (232 pages) – After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York’s Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.
McLaren, Clemence -
- Inside the walls of Troy (199 pages) - The events surrounding the famous battle between the Greeks and the Trojans are told from the points of view of two women, the beautiful Helen and the prophetic Cassandra.
- Waiting for Odysseus (149 pages) - Presents the story of Odysseus's epic journey through the eyes of his faithful wife Penelope, the sorceress Circe, the goddess Athena, and his old nanny Eurycleia.
Napoli, Donna Jo -
The Great God Pan (149 pages) - A retelling of the Greek myths about Pan, both goat and god, whose reed flute frolicking leads him to a meeting with Iphigenia, a human raised as the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra.
Riordan, Rick – The Lightning Thief (377 pages) – Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, son of a mortal woman and a Greek God. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his friends go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Shusterman, Neal – Dread Locks (164 pages) - Accustomed to a carefree existence, fifteen-year-old Parker Baer meets the girl next door and finds his life taking a menacing turn as he begins to absorb some of her terrible powers.
Spinner, Stephanie –
- Quicksilver (229 pages) - Hermes, Prince of Thieves and son of Zeus, relates why the seasons change, the history of the Trojan War, his friendship with Pegasus, and many more adventures.
- Quiver (177 pages) - When her father commands that she produce an heir, the huntress Atalanta gives her suitors a seemingly impossible task in order to uphold her pledge of chastity, as the gods of ancient Greece look on.
Sutcliffe, Rosemary –
- Black Ships before Troy (151 pages) – Retells the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and the flight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.
- The Wanderings of Odysseus (BIB#596873) (134 pages) – A retelling of the adventures of Odysseus on his long voyage home from the Trojan War.
Tomlinson, Theresa – The Moon Riders (389 pages) – When thirteen-year-old Myrina of the Mazagardi tribe joins the Moon Riders, a revered band of warrior women, she becomes caught up in the life of the Trojan princess Cassandra and the epic, ten-year Trojan War.
Jack and the Beanstalk
De Lint, Charles - Jack of Kinrowan (474 pages) - Hurled into the mythical land of Faerie by a faceless gang of bikers, young Jacky Rowan is stunned when she is immediately hailed as the legendary hero Jack of Kinrowan and directed to save the land from a treacherous evil force.
Napoli, Donna Jo - Crazy Jack (134 pages) - In this version of the traditional tale of the young boy who climbs a beanstalk, Jack searches for his father, falls in love with Flora, and learns the value of real treasure.
King Arthur Legends
Barron, T. A - Lost Years of Merlin (326 pages) - A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer – The Mists of Avalon (876 pages) - Retells the legend of Arthur as perceived by Viviane, the Lady of the Lake and high priestess of Avalon, Arthur's mother Igraine, his Christian wife Guinevere, and the sorceress Morgaine.
Cabot, Meg – Avalon High (288 pages) – Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.
Clement-Davies, David – The Telling Pool (360 pages) – Relying on true courage and true love, as well as some surprising connections to Arthurian legends, a young Welsh teenager named Rhodri embarks on a quest to remove an ancient curse from Great Britain during the reign of Richard the Lionheart.
Cooper, Susan – Over Sea, Under Stone ( (252 pages) – Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur.
Crossley-Holland, Kevin - The Seeing Stone (342 pages) - In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
Fisher, Catherine – Corbenic ) (281 pages) – In this modern day version of Perceval and the Holy Grail, a guilt-ridden British teenager leaves his mentally ill mother to live with his wealthy uncle and begins a journey of self-knowledge and redemption after being briefly transported to the Waste Land of Arthurian times.
Mallory, Thomas, Sir – The Boy’s King Arthur (321 pages) - Recounts the Tales of King Arthur, Lancelot, Tristam, Gareth, Galahad, Percival, and the Holy Grail.
McCaffrey, Anne – Black Horses for the King (217 pages) - Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos, later known as King Arthur, using his talent with languages and way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Artos hopes to use in battle against the Saxons.
Morris, Gerald - The Squire's Tale (212 pages) - In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.
Sandell, Lisa Ann – Song of the Sparrow (bib#669496) (394 pages) – In fifth-century Britain, nine years after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott brings her to live with her father and brothers in the military encampments of Arthur’s army, seventeen-year-old Elaine describes her changing perceptions of war and people around her as she becomes increasingly involved in the bitter struggle against the invading Saxons.
Springer, Nancy -
- I am Mordred: a Tale from Camelot (184 pages) - When Mordred learns the identity of his father, he struggles with feelings of hatred, but also fights the fate which determines that he kill the good and gracious king.
- I am Morgan le Fay (227 pages) - In a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world.
Stewart, Mary – The Crystal Cave (521 pages) - The aged court magician Merlin recalls events of his life and reveals the importance of the crystal cave.
Twain, Mark - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (206 pages) - A blow on the head transports a Yankee to 528 A.D. where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur's kingdom by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press.
Vande Velde, Vivian – The Book of Mordred (342 pages) – As the peaceful King Arthur reigns, five-year-old daughter of Lady Alayna, newly widowed of the village-wizard Toland, is abducted by knights who leave their barn burning and their only servant dead.
White, T. H. – The Sword in the Stone (288 pages) – Retelling of THE Arthurian legend.
Yancey, Richard – The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (339 pages) – Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
Yolen, Jane – The Sword of the Rightful King (349 pages) - Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England--pulling a sword from a stone—but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first.
Little Red Riding Hood
Shusterman, Neal – Red Rider’s Hood (181 pages) – After learning that there are werewolves in his city, a sixteen-year-old is even more surprised to discover the identities of the hunters who drove them out decades earlier, but he soon infiltrates the Wolves gang to help destroy them for good.
Viguie, Debbie - Scarlet Moon (157 pages) - Fearful of William, a young noble with ancient wolf blood running through his veins, Ruth decides to keep her distance, but a trip to her grandmother's house brings the two of them together once again.
Dokey, Cameron – Golden (179 pages) - Born bald and raised by an adoptive mother, Rapunzel is finally told the truth about Rue, another daughter trapped in a tower due to a witch's curse, and so she heads off to help the imprisoned girl but becomes jealous of Rue's beautiful hair.
Geras, Adele - The Tower Room (150 pages) - In a modern version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, Megan, who lives at a secluded girl's school where her foster mother is headmistress, falls in love for the first time with the young man her foster mother has chosen for herself.
Napoli, Donna Jo - Zel (227 pages) - Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the nobleman who pursues her, and delves into the psychological motivations of each of the characters.
Bunce, Elizabeth – A Curse Dark as Gold (395 pages) – Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep her family’s woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what 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 - Spinners (197 pages) - Elaborates on the events recounted in the fairy tale, "Rumpelstiltskin," in which a strange little man helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.
Kindl, Patrice – Goose Chase (214 pages) – Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.
Marillier, Juliet - Daughter of the Forest (400 pages) – Sorcha is the only daughter of Lord Colum. When an evil enchantress bewitches her father, Sorcha’s six brothers are turned into swans by a terrible spell. Only Sorcha can lift the spell. She must silently complete a task given to her by the Fair Folk. If she speaks before completing it, she will lose her brothers forever.
Martin, Rafe – Birdwing (359 pages) – Prince Ardwin, known as Birdwing, the youngest of six brothers turned into swans by their stepmother, is unable to complete the transformation back into human form, so he undertakes a journey to discover whether his feathered arm will be a curse or a blessing to him.
Card, Orson Scott - Enchantment (390 pages) - Follows one man from ninth-century Russia to present-day America as he struggles to rescue a princess and her kingdom, find true love, and overcome the blackest of evil.
Dokey, Cameron - Beauty Sleep (186 pages) - In this lively adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the king and queen are overjoyed to be parents. For the baby's christening, they forget to invite one of the aunts and angered by their thoughtlessness, she curses the child to a certain death-by-pricking at age sixteen. Thus begins the tale of Aurore, a strong-willed and ill-fated princess.
Geras, Adele - Watching the Roses (178 pages) - After being raped at her eighteenth birthday party, an English girl, whose life resembles a modern version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, withdraws into silent thoughts of her unusual family and the events that led to her trauma.
Grayson, Kristine – Thoroughly Kissed (351 pages) - When her sexy boss, Michael Found, accuses her of being a fraud, Emma Lost, the real Sleeping Beauty, must prove to him that magic does exist even if it means breaking her vow of never kissing a strange man again, in a charming modern adaption of the classic fairy tale.
Levine, Gail Carson – Fairest (326 pages) - In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.
McKinley, Robin - Spindle's End (422 pages) - The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.
Tepper, Sheri - Beauty (412 pages) - Transported to the future on her sixteenth birthday, Beauty, a fantastical version of the classic Sleeping Beauty, becomes a 1990s co-ed and enjoys adventures throughout time.
Yolen, Jane - Briar Rose (190 pages) - After her grandmother's death, a young American woman struggles to uncover the truth and it eventually leads to Europe and the darkest days of WWII.
Geras, Adele - Pictures of the Night (184 pages) - In a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale, eighteen-year-old Bella is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents while singing with a small band in London and Paris during her summer break from school, and believes them to be caused by her jealous, malevolent stepmother.
Harrison, Mette Ivie – Mirra Mirror (314 pages) – Long after the disappearance of Snow White’s stepmother, the witch trapped in her mirror manipulates a desperate peasant and a merchant’s daughter to seek the magic she needs to gain her freedom, but the girl’s show her a power far greater.
Lynn, Tracy - Snow (259 pages) - Independent-virtually ignored-and finding only little animals and a lonely servant boy as her companions, Jessica is a pale, lonely and headstrong girl and is quick to learn that she has an enemy in her stepmother. "Snow," as she comes to be known, flees the estate to London and finds herself embraced by a band of urban outcasts. But her stepmother isn't finished with her, and if Jessica doesn't take control of her destiny, the wicked witch will certainly harness her youth, and threaten her very life.
Maguire, Gregory - Mirror Mirror (280 pages) - Bianca de Nevada lives on a farm in Tuscany. When her father is ordered by Cesare Borgia to go on a quest to reclaim the relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, Bianca is left in the care of her father's farm staff and the beautiful and madly vain Lucrecia, Cesare's sister. But Lucrecia becomes jealous of her lecherous brother's interest in the growing child and plots a dire fate for Bianca in the woods below the farm. There Bianca finds herself in the home of seven dwarves-the creators of the magic mirror-who await the return of their brother, the eighth dwarf, long gone on a quest of his own.
Naruse, Kaori – Pretear: The New Legend of Snow White (179 pages) - Himeno's troublesome life changes dramatically when she meets a young boy who transports her to a fantasy world desperately in need of help from a girl called "Pretear".
Dean, Pamela – Tam Lin (468 pages) – In the ancient Scottish ballad "Tam Lin," headstrong Janet defies Tam Lin to walk in her own land of Carterhaugh and then must battle the Queen of Faery for possession of her lover’s body and soul. In this version, Janet is a college student, "Carterhaugh" is Carter Hall at the university, and Tam Lin is a boy named Thomas Lane.
Jones, Diana Wynne - Fire and Hemlock (341 pages) - At nineteen, Polly has two sets of sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting memories, the real-life ones of school days and her parents' divorce, and the heroic adventure ones that began the day she accidentally gatecrashed a funeral and met the cellist Thomas Lynn.
Pope, Elizabeth Marie - The Perilous Gard (280 pages) - In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that lead to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.
Baker, E.D. – The Frog Princess (214 pages) – After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means—and the self-confidence –to become human again.
Billingsley, Franny - The Folk Keeper (162 pages) Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.
Hale, Shannon – Book of Thousand Days (305 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren’s years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
Lackey, Mercedes –
- Firebird (352 pages) - A young nobleman glimpses the legendary Firebird as it steals cherries from his father's orchards, and he journeys through a fantastical version of Old Russia to find the Firebird and fall in love.
- The Black Swan (376 pages) - Embittered by the untimely death of his wife, a powerful sorcerer wreaks vengeance on all womankind, capturing women and transforming them into swans who only regain their human forms briefly each night, until Odette, a noble princess, risks everything to free herself and the other swan-maidens.
Napoli, Donna Jo – Breath 260 pages) - Elaborates on the tale of "The Pied Piper," told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.
Viguie, Debbie – Midnight Pearls (197 pages) - Is witchcraft involved when a prince marries a girl who is not who she appears to be? A beautiful mermaid, a terrible curse, and the promise of love illuminate this magical legend.
Weyn, Suzanne – The Night Dance (193 pages) – A knight falls in love with the youngest of twelve sisters, but they can only marry if he can discover where the sisters secretly go to dance.
Inspired by: books inspired by fairy tales
Buckley, Michael – Fairy Tale Detectives (284 pages) – Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.
Durst, Sarah Beth – Into the Wild ( (260 pages) – 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.
Lickiss, Rebecca – Never After (261 pages) - Take a princess, two bumbling wizards, an enchanted frog, a wicked stepmother, a handsome prince, and you have the most delightfully non-Grimm fairy tale of the year.
Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann – The Godmother (294 pages) - Rose Simpson, a Seattle social worker frustrated by her job's red tape, has been idly wishing for a fairy godmother, little expecting that a meeting with a strange woman, Felicity Fortune, might bring a little real magic into her life.
Willingham, Bill – Fables (118 pages) – This graphic novel series have fairy-tale characters all living in disguise in New York City. Each graphic novel is a new story line. In Legends in Exile, party-girl Rose Red has been murdered. Fables town sheriff, Bigsby Wolf has to determine who did it—was it her ex-lover Jack? Or Bluebeard whom she had a secret engagement with? Or could it be her sister Snow White?