Old Stories Told Anew

Try these for a new take on familiar fairy tales.

Beowulf: a new verse translation

Beowulf: a new verse translation

by Seamus Heaney

A brilliant and faithful rendering of the Anglo-Saxon epic from the Nobel laureate. Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother.

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Enchantment

Enchantment

by Orson Scott Card

“Enchantment” chronicles the adventures of a modern man’s travels through time and space—between contemporary America and ninth-century Russia—to save a princess and her kingdom, find love against all odds, and conquer relentless evil.

Hood

Hood

by Stephen R. Lawhead

Bran ap Brychan finds his world ripped from its foundation as invaders topple his father’s kingdom and send the young prince fleeing into the forest. Readers will be spellbound with this entirely fresh take on this legendary figure.

Shadow spinner

Shadow spinner

by Susan Fletcher

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.

Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red

by Patricia C. Wrede

Wrede’s ( Caught in Crystal ) romantic and charming retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale is the fourth in this series. In the village of Mortlak, near the river Thames, during the reign of Elizabeth I, live the Widow Arden and her two daughters, Blanche and Rosamund.

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Someplace to be flying

Someplace to be flying

by Charles de Lint

Lily is a photojournalist, stealing away from the music scene she usually covers to pursue bizarre rumors of “animal people” living in the ruins of the Tombs - the city’s darkest slums. Hank, on the other hand, knows the crumbling Tombs all too well. This is the part of the city he calls home, creating a life and a ragtag family on streets where many fear to tread.

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The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

by Terry Pratchett

In a magical place called Discworld, a talking cat recruits a group of intelligent rats and a boy with a penny whistle to cash in on the Pied Piper legend.

The broken sword

The broken sword

by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy

Beatrice, who is blind, has found the Holy Grail. When she touches it, her vision is restored - and she gains strange, mystical powers. Drawn to the young king by the Grail’s magic, Beatrice becomes Arthur’s companion as he returns from the Middle East to the United States.

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The fourth bear: a nursery crime

The fourth bear: a nursery crime

by Jasper Fforde

“The Gingerbreadman - psychopath, sadist, genius, convicted murderer and cookie - is loose in the streets of Reading. But Jack Sprat doesn’t get the case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons because of Jack’s poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker.

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The rose and the beast: fairy tales retold

The rose and the beast: fairy tales retold

by Francesca Lia Block

With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out. Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.

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Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

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