Retellings of Fairy Tales from Our Teen Collection

Once upon a time in a magical city, there were many library branches full of wonderful teen books to read...

If fantasy is your genre, our teen collection is a great place to look for some terrific fantasy novels, but there is also a surplus of retellings of old tales to be found. Rediscover classic stories when you check out these modern retellings of myths and fairy tales: 

Alpha Goddess is a retelling of the myth of Rama and Sita with a love triangle dissimilar to the original epic. 

The Language of Thorns, this beautiful novel has dark retellings of multiple fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast and the Nutcracker. Each tale is also illustrated in the fashion of a traditional collection of fairy tales.

Norroway is a graphic novel that retells the Scottish folk tale of the black bull of Norroway. This version of the tale includes a racially diverse cast of characters and a feminist protagonist. 

Okay, so there are loads of re-imaginings of the Arthurian Legend, but this version takes the Arthurian Legend to outer space! In Once & Future, Arthur is reincarnated as a female king, Ari.

Sea Witch offers a more humanizing look at the villainous sea witch of Han Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid.

Spindle is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It is a sequel to A Thousand Nightsopens a new window, but the first novel is summarized in the beginning, so you can start here if you’re looking for a standalone read.

What is your favorite fairy tale? Or your favorite retelling?

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