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A Largely Young Adult Fairy Tale Reading List

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Adaptations/ Retellings

Already Read:

  1. Tender Morsels, Lanagan (Snow White & Rose Red)
  2. Rapunzel’s Revenge, Hale (Rapunzel)
  3. Calamity Jack, Hale (Jack & the Beanstalk)
  4. Ella Enchanted, Levine (Cinderella)
  5. Just Ella, Haddix (Cinderella)
  6. The Bloody Chamber, Carter (various)
  7. Ash, Lo (Cinderella)
  8. Wildwood Dancing, Marillier (12 Dancing Princesses)
  9. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Bernheimer (various)

To Read:

  1. Sisters Red, Pearce (Little Red Riding Hood)
  2. Sweetly, Pearce (Hansel & Gretel)
  3. Deathless, Cat Valente (Koschei the Deathless)
  4. Toads and Diamonds, Tomlinson (Diamonds & Toads)
  5. East, Pattou (EotS, WotM)
  6. Ice, Durst (EotS, WotM)
  7. A Curse as Dark as Gold, Bunce (Rumpelstiltskin)
  8. Daughter of the Forest, Marillier (Six Swans)
  9. A Kiss in Time, Flinn (Sleeping Beauty)
  10. Snow White and Rose Red, Wrede (Snow White & Rose Red)
  11. The Goose Girl, Hale (Goose Girl)
  12. Book of a Thousand Days, Hale (Maid Maleen)
  13. Briar Rose, Yolen (Sleeping Beauty)
  14. Entwined, Dixon (12 Dancing Princesses)
  15. Thornspell, Lowe (Sleeping Beauty)
  16. Enchantment, Card (Sleeping Beauty)
  17. The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Vande Velde (Rumpelstiltskin)
  18. The Swan Kingdom, Marriott (Wild Swans)
  19. Cloaked in Red, Vande Velde (Little Red Riding Hood)
  20. The Swan Maiden, Tomlinson (Swan Maiden)
  21. White Cat, Black (The White Cat)
  22. Snow in Summer, Yolen (Snow White)
  23. Breadcrumbs, Ursu (The Snow Queen)
  24. A Long, Long Sleep, Sheehan (Sleeping Beauty)
  25. Cinder, Meyer (Cinderella)
  26. Enchanted, Kontis (Frog Prince)
  27. Once Upon a Toad, Frederick (Diamonds & Toads)
  28. Snow Child, Ivey

Maybe I Might Want to Read:

  1. Princess of Glass, George (Cinderella)
  2. Princess of the Midnight Ball, George (12 Dancing Princesses)
  3. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, George (EotS, WotM)
  4. Heart’s Blood, Marillier (Beauty & the Beast)
  5. Beastly, Flinn (Beauty & the Beast)
  6. Godmother, Turgeon (Cinderella)
  7. Mermaid, Turgeon (The Little Mermaid)
  8. The Next Full Moon, Turgeon (Swan Maiden)
  9. Further Tales series, Catanese
  10. The Princess Tales series, Levine
  11. The Dream Stealer, Maguire (Russian folklore)
  12. Beauty, McKinley (Beauty & the Beast)
  13. Deerskin, McKinley (Donkeyskin)
  14. Shadow Spinner, Fletcher (1001 Nights)
  15. Cinderella, Ensor
  16. Thumbelina, Ensor
  17. Twice Upon a Time series, Mass (various)
  18. Red Riding Hood, Blakley-Cartwright (Little Red Riding Hood)
  19. Donna Jo Napoli’s retellings
  20. Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments, Codrescu
  21. When Rose Wakes, Golden (Sleeping Beauty)
  22. The Phoenix Dance, Calhoun (12 Dancing Princesses)
  23. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling’s anthologies
  24. The Pull of the Ocean, Mourlevat (Tom Thumb)
  25. The Princess Curse, Haskell (12 Dancing Princesses)
  26. Princess of the Wild Swans, Zahler (Six Swans)

Not Really Interested in Reading, but so long as I’m making lists:

  1. Once Upon a Time series
  2. The Wide-Awake Princess, Baker (Sleeping Beauty)
  3. The Thirteenth Princess, Zahler (12 Dancing Princesses)
  4. A True Princess, Zahler (Princess & the Pea)
  5. Little Miss Red, Palmer (Little Red Riding Hood)
  6. Cindy Ella, Palmer (Cinderella)
  7. Geek Charming, Palmer (Frog Prince)
  8. Mirror, Mirror, Maguire (Snow White)
  9. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Maguire (Cinderella)
  10. Along the River, Mah (Cinderella)
  11. Straw Into Gold, Schmidt (Rumpelstiltskin)
  12. Birdwing, Martin (Six Swans)
  13. The Snow Queen, Kernaghan (The Snow Queen)
  14. Tales of the Frog Princess, Baker (Frog Prince)
  15. The Rose and the Beast, Block (various)
  16. Crazy Beautiful, Baratz-Logsted (Beauty & the Beast)
  17. Egerton Hall series, Geras
  18. Teenage Mermaid, Schreiber (Little Mermaid)
  19. Dark Fusion series, Shusterman
  20. Spindle’s End, McKinley (Sleeping Beauty)
  21. Rose Daughter, McKinley (Beauty & the Beast)
  22. The Door in the Hedge, McKinley (various)
  23. Shadow, Moss (Sleeping Beauty)


Already Read:

  1. The Grimm Legacy, Shulman
  2. The Sisters Grimm series, Buckley
  3. The Book of Lost Things, Connolly
  4. A Tale Dark and Grimm, Gidwitz
  5. Nursery Crimes series, Fforde
  6. Fables series, Buckingham
  7. Castle Waiting, Medley
  8. Reckless, Funke
  9. Impossible, Werlin

To Read:

  1. My Fair Godmother, Rallison
  2. Pay the Piper, Yolen & Stemple
  3. Troll Bridge, Yolen & Stemple
  4. Fairest, Levine
  5. Ever, Levine
  6. The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Levine
  7. Into the Wild, Durst
  8. Out of the Wild, Durst
  9. Goose Chase, Kindl
  10. Magical Mail, Barker
  11. The Uncertain Places, Goldstein
  12. Whatever After, Mlynowski

Not Really Interested in Reading, but so long as I’m making lists:

  1. Half Upon a Time, Riley
  2. Twice Upon a Time, Riley
  3. The Cinderella Society, Cassidy
  4. Ivy’s Ever After, Lairamore
  5. The Third Pig Detective Agency, Burke
  6. Fortune’s Folly, Fagan
  7. Falling In, Dowell
  8. Into the Woods, Gardner
  9. Out of the Woods, Gardner
  10. Cloaked, Flinn
  11. Mira, Mirror, Harrison

Written by Emily G.

January 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

2 Responses

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  1. I really think you should reconsider on The Door in the Hedge, by McKinley. It’s seriously excellent.

    Also, if you’re willing to go a little further afield, the Fables series of graphic novels by Bill Willingham is GREAT.


    October 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

    • Honestly it’s been so long since I’ve made this list that I don’t remember why I put it in that category! And yes, I LOVE Fables. 🙂 need to catch up, though…

      Emily G.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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