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Beauty
by Robin McKinley (1978)


Although subtitled A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast, McKinley's Beauty is the least physically attractive of three sisters, none of whom are greedy and evil. As the smart one, she keeps the family going and makes the ultimate self-sacrifice by going to serve Beast in his castle in order to save her father's life. Beautifully told.





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'Enchanted Forest Chronicles'
by Patricia C Wrede (1990)


Wrede raids the fairy tale shelves for a wealth of ideas in the charming Enchanted Forest Chronicles series for young girls. The hero is a tomboy princess who really hates life at the castle - opting instead to do some housekeeping for a dragon. She takes on the ill-intended wizards to help out her new-found friends. Fine four-volume series.





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Briar Rose
by Jane Yolen (1992)


Written for young adults, Briar Rose takes the story of Sleeping Beauty and melds it with the Holocaust. Becca's grandmother had long told the odd fairy tale of Briar Rose, the sleeping princess. When her grandmother dies, Becca follows a trail to an extermination camp in Poland and uncovers some tragic truths. Only occasional fantasy elements.





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'The Wicked Years'
by Gregory Maguire (1995)


These revisionist retellings of children's stories kicked off with Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. In this land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Where's a good witch when you need one?





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Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine (1997)


A truly enchanting retelling of the Cinderella story with young Ella afflicted by a fairy's curse of obedience. In a quest for deliverance she flees from her basically rotten stepmother and stepsisters, taking on ogres and encountering elves along the way. She has an enlightened relationship with a charming prince and helps him sort out a few issues. Full of wit, vim and vigour. (ages 9-14)





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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
by Gregory Maguire (1999)


A clever deconstruction of the Cinderella story told from the point of view of ugly stepsister Iris. Set in 17th century Holland, Iris' family dodge poverty when they are taken in by a painter. This leads to her widowed mother marrying into a wealthy Dutch family where the Cinderella story begins. Wickedness and cruelty all turn out to be very much a matter of perspective.





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'Artemis Fowl'
by Eoin Colfer (2001)


With no apologies to Bruce Willis, Colfer describes this series as "Die Hard with fairies". Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal mastermind. When he plots to extort the fairies' pot of gold from them he runs afoul of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) Unit. Don't be fooled by the plotline, this is slam-bang action fantasy with plenty techno-punk on the side.





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'Modern Faerie Tales'
by Holly Black (2002)


Popular gothic fantasy has 16 year old Kaye on the road with her hard-partying mother's rock band. After rescuing a hunky knight from an attack she heads back to New Jersey and becomes embroiled in a war between faerie kingdoms. Black simultaneously tackles issues of heterosexual teen romance and gay love, all while penning a beautifully written novel, albeit a somewhat dark one.


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