Monday, February 21, 2011

Books By Theme: Retell it to me

The times may change, but the tales remain eternal. Classic literature and folktales are given a makeover in these retellings.

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman book cover
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
by Jody Gehrman
Retelling of: Much Ado About Nothing

Sixteen-year-olds Geena, Hero, and Amber spend the summer working at a Sonoma, California coffee shop, where they experience romance, identity crises, and newfound friendships.

Read the Reviews:

The YA YA YAs | Reader Rabbit | The Book Muncher

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors book cover
Saving Juliet 
by Suzanne Selfors
Retelling of: Romeo & Juliet

Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford's stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare's Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Read the Reviews:

Teacher Girl's Book Blog | Read This Book! | The Magic of Ink

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison book cover
My Fair Godmother
by Janette Rallison
Retelling of: Cinderella

High school sophomore Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date after her boyfriend breaks up with her to date her older sister, but when a godmother who is only fair becomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages, along with a boy who would like to be her charming prince.

Read the Reviews:

Deliciously Clean Reads | Presenting Lenore | Book Nut

Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst book cover
Into The Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Retelling of: Rapunzel

Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel, along with her daughter Julie Marchen, tries to live a fairly 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.

Read the Reviews:

Teen Book Review | And Another Book Read... | Jen Robinson


Unknown said...

Oh, I like this idea! Very excellent :)

Jill Buck said...

I like the way you created this post. I love the chance to read reviews from three different readers all gathered in one post. Saves a lot of time!

Marie Cloutier said...

Retellings are really fun sometimes- great post!

ImageNations said...

I wonder if they do the famous ones any justice. Sometimes a retelling can fall flat in the face of its primogeniture.

Zibilee said...

Into the Wild looks really, really fun and like something I'd like to check out. I love these mini-reviews as well!

Andrea said...

Great choices. I should try Triple Shot Betty. I love Shakespeare retellings!

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