The trend of re-telling fairy tales has been pretty big in children’s publishing for a while now, with series like The Grimm Legacy, Sarah Mlynowski’s Whatever After, and Kill Me Softly, to name a (very) few. I was thinking about this trend when I picked up The Madman’s Daughter, by Megan Shepherd, which is a retelling (and a re-imagining) of The Island of Doctor Moreau. It got me thinking about other YA books that take well-known characters and stories and spin them around. If you’re in the mood for re-imagined classics, check out some of these titles:
The Madman’s Daughter
by: Megan Shepherd
When Juliet Moreau learns that the father she thought long-dead is alive, she decides to travel to the island where he now lives, determined to discover if the rumours about him are true. Accompanied by her father’s assistant Montgomery and the mysterious castaway Edward, Juliet cannot know what awaits her on Dr. Moreau’s island.
Peter & the Starcatchers
by: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
by: Kenneth Oppel
Growing up, twin brothers Victor and Konrad fill their lives with imaginary adventures…until the day they stumble upon The Dark Library, where they discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to The Dark Library and uncovers an ancient formula, beginning a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life.
by: Terry Pratchett
In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.