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There's nothing better than finding a story you love to read over and over again. But what about experiencing it from a different perspective? Here are a few retellings of some classic works, from fairy-tales to science fiction, from re-imaginings of the stories you grew up reading to adaptations of some originals you may not even know exist!

Slayton, Shonna.
Cinderella's dress

Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you're the next keeper of the real Cinderella's dress is even tougher. Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella's dress, life gets complicated.

Pon, Cindy
Silver phoenix

With her father long overdue from his journey and a lecherous merchant blackmailing her into marriage, seventeen-year-old Ai Ling becomes aware of a strange power within her as she goes in search of her parent.

White, Kiersten.
The chaos of stars

Sixteen-year-old Isadora, the mortal daughter of Isis and Osiris, is sick of being in the middle of family drama so she jumps at the chance to leave Egypt and start a new life in San Diego with her brother.

Paulson, Ingrid.
Valkyrie rising

While visiting Norway, sixteen-year-old Ellie must step out of the shadow of her popular older brother, join forces with his infuriating best friend, and embrace her Valkyrie heritage to rescue teen boys kidnapped to join the undead army of the ancient god, Odin.

Childs, Tera Lynn.
Sweet venom

As monsters walk the streets of San Francisco, unseen by humans, three teenaged descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology, must reunite and embrace their fates.

Ashton, Brodi.
Everneath

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her again. Nikki longs to spend these precious months trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, but there's one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place.

Angelini, Josephine.
Starcrossed

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

Livingston, Lesley.
Wondrous strange

Seventeen-year-old Kelley discovers her secret heritage after meeting Sonny, a guard of the gate that separates the fairy world from the mortal one, while a war band of fairies plan to force their way through the gate on Halloween night.

Ray, Michelle
Falling for Hamlet

Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is set in the modern world of computers, cell phones, and paparazzi, and on a popular television talk show it is revealed that Ophelia has not died.

Selfors, Suzanne.
Saving Juliet

Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford's stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare's Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Springer, Kristina.
The Espressologist

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

Peterfreund, Diana.
For darkness shows the stars

Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. But now Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai.

Gaughen, A. C.
Scarlet

Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector risking his own life in the process.

Mieville, China.
Railsea

Sham has gone to railsea as apprentice to a train's doctor. That train, the Medes, plies the railsea hunting the great moldywarpes (giant moles) that live beneath the dirt, harpooning the creatures for meat, fat, and fur to be sold. And the train's captain is willing to sail to the mythical ends of the railsea to catch the giant mole that took her arm.

Verday, Jessica.
The Hollow

High-school junior Abbey struggles with the loss of her best friend Kristen, who vanished on a legendary bridge, but her grief is eased by Caspian, an attractive and mysterious stranger she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

Paige, D. M.
Dorothy must die

I've read the books. I've seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz, and now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm--and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

Peterfreund, Diana.
Across a star-swept sea

Sixteen-year-old Persis Blake struggles to balance her life as a socialite and a secret spy in a future where Regs, or regular people, have power over the Reduced--those genetically engineered or drugged into physical and mental impairments.

Oppel, Kenneth.
This dark endeavour

When Konrad, Victor's twin brother, becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for the legendary Elixir of Life hidden in a secret room in the Frankenstein chateau. The elixir needs only three ingredients, but impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten the quest at every turn.

Howard, A. G.
Splintered

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Sheehan, Anna.
A long, long sleep

Sixteen-year-old Rosalinda Fitzroy, heir to the multiplanetary corporation UniCorp, is awakened after sixty years in stasis to find that everyone she knew has died and as she tries to make a new life for herself, learns she is the target of a robot assassin.

Dixon, Heather
Entwined

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

Weston, Robert Paul.
Dust city

Henry Whelp is a Big Bad Wolf. Or will be, someday. His dad is doing time for the double murder of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother so everyone assumes crime is in Henry's blood. For years, he's kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves on the outskirts of Dust City--a gritty metropolis known for its black market, mind-altering dust. And the entire population of foxes, ravens, and hominids are hooked. But it's not just any dust the creatures of this grim underground are slinging and sniffing. It's fairydust.

Delsol, Wendy.
Stork

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren't enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she's a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla's biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school.

Flinn, Alex.
Cloaked

Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family's struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.

Bunce, Elizabeth C.
A curse dark as gold

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.

Pearce, Jackson.
Fathomless

Celia, who shares mental powers with her triplet sisters, finds competition for a handsome boy with Lo, a sea monster who must persuade a mortal to love her and steal his soul to earn back her humanity.

Anderson, Jodi Lynn.
Tiger Lily

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy, Peter Pan, and falls in love with him.

Dickerson, Melanie
The captive maiden

In this story loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale, Gisela is determined to get an invitation to the ball being thrown for the duke's son, Valten, but meeting him may not lead to her happily-ever-after.

Shepherd, Megan.
The madman's daughter

Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Hodge, Rosamund.
Cruel beauty

Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.