Fractured Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales have always been some of my favorite stories, but what I love even better is when an author takes a story we know and twists it just a little bit to come up with something fresh and new: what if we heard the story from the villain’s point of view? What if the real world and the fairy tale world collided? What if it was the princess who was turned into a frog, or one person in the castle remained awake during Sleeping Beauty’s curse? These middle grade chapter books are all great fun and a different look at the stories we’ve heard before. I listed the original fairy tale after the title or “various” if the novel uses more than one.


Straw into Gold – Hilary McKay (Various)

the one who

Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took a Really Long Nap – Wendy Mass (Sleeping Beauty)


Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)


Rump – Liesl Shurtliff (Rumpelstiltskin)


Flunked – Jen Calotina (Various)


The Storybook of Legends – Shannon Hale (Various)


The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer (Various)


The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz (Various)

fairy tale

The Fairy Tale Detectives – Michael Buckley


Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon Hale (Rapunzel)

hero's guide

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom – Christopher Healy (Various)


Just Ella – Margaret Peterson Haddix (Cinderella)

wide awake

The Wide Awake Princess – E. D. Baker (Sleeping Beauty)


The Princess Curse – Merrie Haskell (12 Dancing Princesses)


A Tale Dark and Grimm – Adam Gidwitz (Hansel and Gretel)


Breadcrumbs – Anne Ursu (The Snow Queen)


Fairest of All – Sarah Mlynowski (Snow White)


Red – Liesl Shurtliff (Red Riding Hood)


Frogged – Vivian Vande Velde (The Frog Prince)

Miss Jessica


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