Beauty. Robin McKinley. (MS/HS)
Beauty always did think her nickname was unkind as she was hardly a beauty. In this retelling McKinley spins an in depth tale of Beauty and her family, their move to the forest, and the deal her father makes that changes their lives.
Crazy Jack. Donna Jo Napoli. (MS/HS)
Jack knows his father didn’t jump off the cliff. He saw him disappear UP into the clouds and now he is determined to find out where he went. The town thinks he is crazy, especially when he begins climbing the gigantic beanstalk near the cliffs.
Ella Enchanted. Gail Carson Levine. (MS)
In this Cinderella retelling, Ella’s fortunes and misfortunes all occur because of a curse placed upon her at birth: she must be completely obedient. Soon Ella is battling giants and ogres, running away from school, and trying to break her curse.
Just Ella. Margaret Peterson Haddix. (MS)
Ella has managed to snag the prince, but when she moves into the castle she makes a terrible discovery: Prince Charming is a boring, mean, completely uninteresting guy. Now what? Is it too late for Cinderella to get out of this?
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem. Vivian Vande Velde. (MS/HS)
A collection of variations of the classic Rumpelstiltskin story, offering unusual points of view.
Spindle's End. Robin McKinley. (HS)
A gorgeous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, in which the princess is raised a commoner.
Zel. Donna Jo Napoli. (HS)
Rapunzel’s mother loves her way too much. She is determined to control Rapunzel’s life and keep her to herself. She locks her high in a tower and tries to stop the love that is flourishing between Rapunzel and a prince.
(MS) = Recommended for Middle School Readers
(HS) = Recommended for High School Readers