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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
by Gregory Maguire Details
Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Harlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.
by Orson Scott Card Details
The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek's farm. Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest--or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy's fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run.
Never After
by Rebecca Lickiss Details
In this whimsical fairy tale, three adventurers - a prince in search of a bride, a young woman in search of adventure, and a recent Wizard School graduate - find their true destiny at a remote castle in which one princess and three identical princes dwell in a cursed sleep.
Rats of Hamelin: A Piper's Tale
by Adam McCune Details
A father-and-son writing team revisits the old tale of the Pied Piper with jarring twists and rivalries, and the hero's discernment of enemies and allies, justice and mercy.
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
by Jasper Fforde Details
It's Easter in Reading-a bad time for eggs-and no one can remember the last sunny day.Then D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down. All those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play. Jack Spratt and his new partner, Sergant Mary Mary, search through Humpty's sordid and secretive past in hopes of finding the key to his death.
The Black Swan
by Mercedes Lackey Details
Though cursed to be a swan (besides regaining her human form in the moonlight), Princess Odette relentlessly strives for her freedom from a powerful, scheming sorcerer. If she can hold a man's love and faithfulness for a month, the spell will break. Amidst her travail, little does she know that she and every other person involved are all pawns in the sorcerer's game.
The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf
by Kathryn Davis Details
A modern American adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's tragic tale, this imaginary biography traces the unique friendship and parallels of misfortune between an elderly Danish music composer and her unique friendship with the narrator, a single mother of twins, wherein "the complicated mess of human affairs finally transforms into celestial music."
The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales
by Francesca Lia Block Details
Francesca Lia Block fuses simple fairy tales with modern settings, making the historical tales dance with identifiable, relatable life. Written with raw, firey prose, the young heroines battle social issues like abuse and addictions, yet the dark internal turmoil cannot defeat the timeless truth of the transformation found in love.
White As Snow
by Tanith Lee Details
Coira is an unwanted daughter, as she was conceived in violence during the sacking of her mother Arpazia's father's castle. Now Arpazia and Coira are lured into the woods by the elder gods, who are seeking to restore their worship in a magical land in which a new religion threatens to transform life for everyone.
Updated 09/07/2011
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