Old Tales, New Voices

Retold fairy tales, myths, and legends, with all the wonder of the originals, plus some surprising new elements.

Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

One of my new favorites! The classic fairytale, turned on its head, in a setting that is best described as "delicious." Don't miss this one!

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

Penny Blubaugh creates a vibrant and wholly original storytelling bazaar in this lively collection of retellings.

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier

New from Juliet Marillier, a haunting version of my favorite fairytale (but I won't tell you which one), set in medieval Ireland.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo's excellent debut novel, and a Morris Award Honor book.

Fortune's Folly by Deva Fagan

Fagan takes inspiration from "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and spins it into a wonderfully original adventure set in Renaissance Italy.

Ariel by Grace Tiffany

Splendid Shakespeare retelling, with an utterly engaging and original new voice.

Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney

Cooney expands The Scottish Play into a riveting historical mystery. Dark and wonderful.

Beauty by Robin McKinley

My all-time favorite retelling, pure magic through and through.

The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

A magical take on four classic stories. Not to be missed.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

My favorite book of 2007! “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” in medieval Transylvania.

The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw

The best werewolf love story you’ll ever read.

A Wolf at the Door & Other Stories edited by Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow

Watch for Tanith Lee’s incredible title story; my favorite “Little Red Riding Hood” ever!

Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip

A haunting, lyrical blend of “Tam-Lin” and “Goblin Market” (and one of my absolute favorites!).

Snow by Tracy Lynn

A steampunk “Snow White.” Loads of fun!

Melusine by Lynn Reid Banks

A spooky, surprising, and magical take on a medieval French legend, set in the modern French countryside.

Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren

Helen and Cassandra tell their stories of life in the city under seige.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

A rich and enthralling adventure set in ancient Ireland (and another girl who sews!).

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli

The Pied Piper, in pitch-perfect historical fiction. This one stars a boy, but we’ll let it pass.

Shylock’s Daughter by Mirjam Pressler

A fascinating new view of Shakespeare’s Venice.


Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

A delicious mix of old and new, with a Russian twist.

Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl

Lose yourself in the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne and the Minotaur.

Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey

Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in a charming, romantic story.

Watching the Roses by Adele Geras

Lovely but serious modern adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty.”

The Garden by Elsie V. Aidinoff

You’ll never look at Adam and Eve the same way again.