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In describing daily life in the village--the spells, the animals, the ups and downs of human romance--McKinley gives us pitch-perfect dialogue, hard-headed whimsy, and a cast of vital human and animal characters. The plot is stirring and deft, and always overlain with the author's sharp-eyed wisdom. The ending is a happy one--mostly.

McKinley understands that nothing ever turns out exactly as hoped, and that a little sorrow makes life's triumphs that much sweeter.

My friend Robin and I were going to have the best sleepover ever. We'd stay up late, eat s'mores, share secrets -- and NOT knock on my magic mirror. I was NOT getting pulled into another fairy tale. When Robin pricks her finger on the spindle, I know we're in trouble. Now she's fast asleep, Sleeping Beauty is wide awake, and I have to: - Host a fake birthday party for Jonah - Find a prince to wake up Robin - Avoid getting cursed by scary fairies We only have ten hours to make things right.

Moss, Jenny. New York: Scholastic Press, In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as prophesies do tend to come true, the queen is poisoned days before her birthday. When the castle is thrown into chaos, Shadow escapes with a young knight, whom she believes was betrothed to the queen. Unsure of why she is following Sir Kenway, but determined to escape as far as possible from the castle, her long-time prison, Shadow sets off on an adventure with the handsome knight who has been charged with protecting her.

As mystery builds, and romantic tension does, too, Shadow begins to wonder what her role in the kingdom truly is. Soon, she learns, it is up to her to save her land.

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Sheehan, Anna. A Long, Long Sleep. New York: Candlewick, Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose -- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire -- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat.

Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh.

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But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes -- or be left without any future at all. Strohmeyer, Sarah. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal. New York: Dutton Adult, Well, guess what, he rode right past your castle and now you have a choice — you can either go back to bed or you can wake up!

Genie realizes that she never needed a man to start her life — to buy a home, to get a better job, or even to wear a diamond ring. Tepper, Sheri S. New York: Bantam Spectra, I have heard and read mixed reviews of this book for years which agreed with many of my own opinions.

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My favorite part of the book is the incorporation of many fairy tale characters into one family. The book is worth reading for its original storyline even if the themes are disjointed. Tepper's writing style isn't to my taste, but this is an interesting use of fairy tales themes anyway. Yolen, Jane. New York: Tor Books, One of my favorite modern interpretations; don't miss it. NOVEL: Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king's land and made to do his bidding.

Because of an oath made to the king's great-great-ever-so-many-times-great-grandfather, if they try to leave or disobey the royals, they will burst into a thousand stars. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold.

Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left--a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorse's story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby, the kingdom, and all.

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With her trademark depth, grace, and humor, Jane Yolen tells readers the "true" story of the fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty. The daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Princesses Aurora and Luna, have grown up in a cliff-top palace by the sea, where they are carefully protected by their parents. No one visits, the girls cannot stray beyond the castle walls, and all sharp objects are forbidden here.

But accidents will happen—particularly when an old curse still has power.

Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep. Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their aunt—a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up. Zelazny, Roger and Robert Sheckley. Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming.

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New York: Bantam Doubleday, Bear, Greg. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York, St. Martin's Press, Beckett, M. New York: Avon, Bishop, Anne. Block, Francesca Lia. New York: Harper Collins, Blumlein, Michael. Brooke, William. Costikyan, Greg. Dann, Jack. Donoghue, Emma. Downer, Ann. Fisher, David. New York: Warner, Fowler, Karen Joy. France, Anatole. Stewart, translator. James Lewis May and Bernard Miall, editors. New York: John Lane Company, Anatole France won the Nobel Prize for literature in A highly respected author, he was a leading figure in the French literary scene during his life.

Garner, James Finn. New York: MacMillan, Goss, Theodora. New York: St. Harkrader, Lisa.

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Bruce Lansky, ed. New York: Meadowbrook Press, Kiernan, Caitlin R. Koja, Kathe. Kress, Nancy. Lafferty, RA. Le Guin, Ursula K. Lee, Tanith. New York: Simon and Schuster, Terri Windling, ed.

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