Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fairy Tale Flavored Fiction for Tweens

"If I'm honest, I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all."
~ Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), British actress

 The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry

Fairy Tale Fantasy. Clever, independent, and mightily bored, Princess Patricia Priscilla escapes the preparations for her upcoming 16th birthday bash in this wickedly funny original tale. Donning her chambermaid's simple, rough dress and calling herself "Pat," the princess poses as a peasant girl in order to attend the village school for a week. While the princess learns a lot more than just her lessons in class, her suitors -- all repellent -- prepare for the ball, where unfortunately she'll have to pick one of them to be her husband. 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman

Fantasy. The New York Circulating Material Repository loans out historical objects, not books, and it also houses a mysterious collection of magical items from the Grimm fairy tales. Soon after Elizabeth Rew gets an after-school job at the repository, a number of powerful enchanted objects go missing. Elizabeth and her fellow pages are suspected of the thefts and must face great danger -- and learn how to harness items like the snarky-yet-truthful mirror from "Snow White" -- in order to catch the thief. Descriptive, funny, and laced with mystery and fantastical adventures, The Grimm Legacy is a great choice for fans of Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series or the Harry Potter books.

Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

Medieval Fantasy. Echoing the familiar Cinderella story and nonetheless spinning a whole new tale all its own, this "gossamer narrative that shimmers both brightly and darkly" (Kirkus Reviews) will spellbind readers who favor beautifully written, intricate, compelling fantasies with a medieval-like setting and a fairy-tale flair. Isabella was born to nobility, but she was raised by peasants after her mother's death during childbirth and her father's cruel rejection. Now 13, Bella (who has had a happy childhood and doesn't want to leave either her foster parents or her best friend, Prince Julian) learns of her true parentage for the first time when her father sends for her out of the blue. 

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