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Booklists are available in the Youth Services Department.

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some soup, and a Spool of Thread (J DIC)

by Kate Di Camillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

The Frog Princess (YA BAK )

Book one of "the Tales of the Frog Princess"

by E. D. Baker

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

Phoenix Dance (YA CAL)

by Dia Calhoun

This captivating companion to Aria of the Sea weaves a retelling of Grimm's fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with the story of a young woman's inward journey toward an understanding of a scary, unpredictable part of her own nature.

The Witch's Boy (YA GRU)

by Michael Gruber

A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him, but he eventually finds his true heart's desire.

The Goose Girl (YA/HAL)

sequels: Enna Burning and River Secrets

 by Shannon Hale

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.

Spindle’s End (YA/MCK)

by Robin McKinley

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.

Zel (YA NAP)

by Donna Jo Napoli

Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince.

East (YA PAT)

by Edith Pattou

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment in this retelling of the folktale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"

Pay the Piper (YA YOL)

by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.

Tales from the Brother’s Grimm and the Sister’s Weird (J 398.2 VEL)

by Vivian Vande Velde

Presents thirteen twisted versions of such familiar fairy tales as Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

A Wolf at the Door: and Other Retold Fairy Tales (YA 398.2 WOL)

edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

This well-written collection revisits both familiar and lesser-known stories with creative revisions by a variety of familiar writers.