My Library Card: Fairy tale selections for teens

First Posted: 1/30/2015

Can’t wait for the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice to begin so you can get a taste of some fairy tale adventure? Check out some of these young adult selections from the Abington Community Library:

“The Annotated Brothers Grimm” by Jacob Grimm

Publication of the Grimms’ Children’s Stories and Household Tales in 1812 brought the great European oral folk tradition into print for the first time. The Annotated Brothers Grimm returns in a deluxe and augmented 200th-anniversary edition commemorating that landmark event.

Maria Tatar includes six new entries, among them “Four Clever Brothers,” “The Water of Life,” “The White Snake” and “The Old Man and His Grandson.” The expanded edition features an enhanced selection of illustrations, many in color, by legendary artists such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham; annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural context, and psychological effects of the tales; and a biographical essay on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

A perennial favorite in the acclaimed Norton Annotated series, this magnificent volume will draw both children and adults into the enchanting world of fairy tales.

“The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales” by Maria Tatar

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a remarkable treasure trove, a work that celebrates the best-loved tales of childhood and presents them through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading authority in the field of folklore and children’s literature.

Includes “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more.

“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer (Series: The Lunar Chronicles)

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

“Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor (Sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people.

“Grim” by Christine Johnson

A collection of stories inspired by fairy tales, but all featuring a dark and sinister twist.

“Hidden” by Donna Jo Napoli (Companion Book: Hush)

When a marauding slave ship captures her sister, Melkorka, eight-year-old Brigid is lost at sea but survives, disguised as a boy, and sets out to rescue Melkorka, and as the years pass she becomes a woman, reputed to be fierce enough to conquer a man, but desirous only of reuniting with her family.

“An Unfortunate Fairy Tale” by Chanda Hahn

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated — that is until she saves her crushes’ life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight.

But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light.

For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business, which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairy tale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

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