December 2020: Fairy Tale Retellings

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Our final month for 2020's Year In Reading Challenge! We bring you... fairy tale retellings! The perfect way to round out the year. 


Dan Santat
Description: After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker, Eka Kurniawan
Description: "One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. So begins Beauty Is a Wound, an epic, sweeping, compulsively readable novel, combining history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. It is also a highly political book. Revolving around the beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters, various plotlines incorporate incest, murder, bestiality rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kur
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Kate Forsyth
Description: "After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Anne Ursu, Kirby Heyborne
Description: "Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Urs
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Rebecca L. Bedtime for Max Schmidt, Megan. Good night Ilnitzki, Kim. Spooky sleepover Ostrow, Gail Herman, Lara Bergen
Description: A collection of stories featuring characters from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, including "Monsters, Inc.," "Pinocchio," "Cars," and "Big Hero 6."
Call Number: E Dis
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Gail Carson Levine
Description: In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.
Call Number: J FIC Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Christina June
Description: Given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend the summer with a New York City dance troupe, Tilly is determined to turn it into a career despite her family's wishes, fears about the city, and the cutthroat dancers.
Call Number: YA FIC Jun
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Aḥmad Saʻdāwī, Jonathan Wright
Description: After he constructs a corpse from body parts found on the street, Hadi wants the government to prepare a proper burial, but when the corpse goes missing, a series of strange murders occur and Hadi realizes he has created a monster.
Call Number: FIC Sad
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Helen Oyeyemi
Description: "Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. The world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval--a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met. Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Oye
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Sandhya Menon
Description: "For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending...right? His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can't shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck." --amazon.com
Call Number: YA FIC Men
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Geoffrey Kloske, Barry Blitt
Description: A tired father takes only a few sentences to tell a number of classic tales in order to get the persistent listener to fall asleep.
Call Number: E Klo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Catherynne M. Valente, Charlie Bowater
Description: A retelling of "Snow White" set in the "gritty gun-slinging west."
Call Number: FIC Val
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Elizabeth Lim
Description: What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she's the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king's visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king--and the prince--out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella's own Fairy Godmother. Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it's too late.--Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Lim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Victor D. LaValle
Description: "Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act--beyond any parent's comprehension--and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo's odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he'd imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma's whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC LaV
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Patrick Ness
Description: One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.
Call Number: FIC Nes
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
R. M. (Rachel Maria) Romero, Lisa Perrin
Description: At the beginning of World War II, Karolina's spirit magically travels from the war-torn Land of the Dolls to the Krakow, Poland, shop of the Dollmaker, Cyryl, and together they take great risks to save their Jewish friends.
Call Number: J FIC Rom
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson
Description: After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.
Call Number: E Sci
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
McCormick Templeman
Description: After the brutal murder of her cousin, everything changes for sixteen-year-old Rowan, who must not only seek the evil forces responsible before they destroy her family and village, but also set aside her studies when she becomes betrothed to her best friend, Tom.
Call Number: YA FIC Tem
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Eowyn Ivey, Debra Monk
Description: The author's experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to this story. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.
Call Number: FIC Ive
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Roshani Chokshi
Description: Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.
Call Number: YA FIC Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
Naomi Novik
Description: "Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows--everyone knows--that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nov
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2020
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After The Fall : How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
Dan Santat
E San
Six-gun Snow White
Catherynne M. Valente, Charlie Bowater
FIC Val
Beauty Is A Wound
Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker, Eka Kurniawan
FIC Kur
So This Is Love : A Twisted Tale
Elizabeth Lim
YA FIC Lim
Bitter Greens : A Novel
Kate Forsyth
FIC For
The Changeling
Victor D. LaValle
FIC LaV
Breadcrumbs [Audiobook]
Anne Ursu, Kirby Heyborne
J FIC Urs
The Crane Wife : A Novel
Patrick Ness
FIC Nes
Disney Bedtime Favorites.
Rebecca L. Bedtime for Max Schmidt, Megan. Good night Ilnitzki, Kim. Spooky sleepover Ostrow, Gail Herman, Lara Bergen
E Dis
The Dollmaker Of Krakow
R. M. (Rachel Maria) Romero, Lisa Perrin
J FIC Rom
Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine
J FIC Lev
The Frog Prince, Continued
Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson
E Sci
Everywhere You Want To Be
Christina June
YA FIC Jun
The Glass Casket
McCormick Templeman
YA FIC Tem
Frankenstein In Baghdad : A Novel
Aḥmad Saʻdāwī, Jonathan Wright
FIC Sad
The Snow Child [Audiobook]
Eowyn Ivey, Debra Monk
FIC Ive
Gingerbread [Large Print] : A Novel
Helen Oyeyemi
LP FIC Oye
The Star-touched Queen
Roshani Chokshi
YA FIC Cho
Of Curses And Kisses
Sandhya Menon
YA FIC Men
Uprooted
Naomi Novik
FIC Nov
Once Upon A Time, The End : (Asleep In 60 Seconds)
Geoffrey Kloske, Barry Blitt
E Klo