Fairy Tales for Teens

Fairy Tales for Teen Readers

Sometimes edgy, often magical, classic tales are given a modern twist.


Princess of the Midnight Ball - Jessica Day George

This book is a retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse. Check out the rest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses series: Princess of the Silver Woods and Princess of Glass.

Belle - Cameron Dokey

Belle is a gifted woodcarver and longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree which, if carved by the right hands, will reveal the face of one's true love. Belle's father stumbles upon the Heartwood and encounters a terrifying and lonely beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father. Check out this author's other fairy tale retellings: Once, The World Above, Winter's Child, Golden, and Beauty Sleep.


Into the Wild - Sara Beth Durst

Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel and her daughter Julie, try to live a normal life. But when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story. The adventure continues in Out of the Wild.

The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale

On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers. Read the rest of the Books of Bayern series: Enna Burning and River Secrets.

The Princess and the Hound - Mette Ivie Harrison

George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide a magical secret, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret must be revealed. The adventure continues in The Princess and the Bear and The Princess and the Snowbird.


Ash - Malinda Lo

After her father's death, Ash is left with her cruel stepmother. Consumed by grief, she dreams that someday the fairies will steal her away. When she meets the dark fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. Then Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and her heart begins to change. Ash must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Snow - Tracy Lynn

Born in a Welsh fiefdom, young Snow flees her stepmother and arrives in London, where she is immediately rescued by a band of outcasts.

Princess Ben - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

A girl is transformed, through instruction, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kingdom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett. Also by this author: Wisdom's Kiss.

Spinners - Donna Jo Napoli

This story elaborates on the events recounted in the fairy tale, "Rumpelstiltskin," in which a strange little man helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child. Check out other fairy tale retellings by this author: Bound (a Chinese Cinderella) and Beast (an Iranian Beauty and the Beast).

East - Edith Pattou

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment. A retelling of the Norwegian folktale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”

Toads and Diamonds - Heather Tomlinson

A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.

Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales - edited by Ellen Datlow

Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales--evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In this story collection, you'll hear from the Giant's wife (from Jack and the Beanstalk), Rumpelstiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and more from the villains point of view.

The Witch's Boy - Michael Gruber

A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him.

The Door in the Hedge - Robin McKinley

This story collection features fairy tale retellings. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, bewitched to dance through the soles of their shoes every night.

Beastly - Alex Flinn

A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.