South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Friday Spotlight:

Fairy Tales are everywhere lately! The TV shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time were both just renewed for a second season and there are not one, but TWO adaptations of Snow White coming to theaters this summer (Snow White and the Huntsmen starring Kristen Stewart actually opens in just one week–to see it or not to see it…hmmmmm).

Retelling fairy tales is definitely not a new practice…check out some of these fairy tale twists:


Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the “New-York Circulating Material Repository,” and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson In this graphic novel retelling, supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, and it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Cameron Dokey
Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. When Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — he encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia’s vengeful powers.

Castle Waiting by Linda MedleyThis graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil — but about being a hero in your own home.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhem GrimmSometimes, it’s just good to read the originals…many of which are so much darker than the versions you may be used to!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Would you like to see it in as a movie? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Friday Spotlight: It’s Prom Time!

Looking at the new issues of our teen area magazines, I had a realization. Yup, it’s that time of the year. Prom. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s here! And to go along with it–some books about proms. Perfect proms. Not so perfect proms. Even zombie proms…

Pssst…these titles also will go along with the upcoming Teen Summer Program theme…Own the Night…stay tuned for more about that!


Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald On prom night, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg, students from the same high school who barely know one another, band together to get revenge against Bliss’s boyfriend and her best friend, whom she caught together in the limousine they rented.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Percy and Natalie, Jack’s so-called best friends, post an ad in the classified section of the online version of the school newspaper. They figure it couldn’t hurt. After all, there’s not much in this world sadder than Jack’s love life.

The Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.
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