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Fairy Tales for Teens

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Enjoy some of our favourite fairytales for teenagers.

These fantastic books range from classic to contemporary, grand opuses to graphic novels and stretch across the globe. 

  • The Restless Girls

    Author: Jessie Burton Illustrator: Angela Barrett

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  • The Restless Girls

    Author: Jessie Burton Illustrator: Angela Barrett

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    After their mother, the dashing, adventurous Queen Laurelia dies, her 12 daughters are imprisoned in their bedroom by King Alberto…

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  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    This stylish reworking of Beauty and the Beast unfolds in mythical Japan. Beautiful visual imagery, viscerally brutal action and d…

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  • Ash

    Author: Malinda Lo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Ash

    Author: Malinda Lo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    In this bewitching and sophisticated re-interpretation of the Cinderella story, lonely orphan Ash falls in love not with a handsom…

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  • The Dollmaker of Krakow

    Author: R. M. Romero Illustrator: Lisa Perrin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Dollmaker of Krakow

    Author: R. M. Romero Illustrator: Lisa Perrin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmake…

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  • In Their Shoes

    Author: Julia Nicholson and Anne-Laure Mercier Illustrator: Lucie Arnoux

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • In Their Shoes

    Author: Julia Nicholson and Anne-Laure Mercier Illustrator: Lucie Arnoux

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Nine well-known fairy stories return to their origins in this beautifully illustrated compilation.

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  • Grymm

    Author: Keith Austin

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Grymm

    Author: Keith Austin

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

    Mina and Jacob find themselves relocated to the desert town of Grymm, home to a host of very odd and sinister characters.

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  • Tinder

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Tinder

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Award-winning author Sally Gardner teams up with David Roberts to put a new spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy-tale T…

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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A stunning collection of mystical fairy tales that are at once exotic and fresh, and traditionally heartening.

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  • Stealing Snow

    Author: Danielle Page

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  • Stealing Snow

    Author: Danielle Page

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    Stealing Snow is a grown-up fairy-tale, filled with witches, thieves, magic and beauty: all swirling around the frozen world of Al…

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  • The Call

    Author: Peadar O’Guilin

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Call

    Author: Peadar O’Guilin

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    The Call masterfully blends fantasy, horror and folklore. The Sídhe are vicious fairy-type creatures, banished by humans to…

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  • Cinder

    Author: Marisa Meyer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Cinder

    Author: Marisa Meyer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    This extremely imaginative take on the Cinderella story sees the heroine step out from behind the prince and forge her own destiny…

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  • Cress

    Author: Marissa Meyer

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Cress

    Author: Marissa Meyer

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Imprisoned aboard a satellite by the evil Queen Levana, Cress has grown up surrounded by nothing but netscreens and forced to be t…

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  • Echoes

    Author: Laura Dockrill

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

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  • Echoes

    Author: Laura Dockrill

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

    The new book from Laura Dockrill is a collection of modern-day fairytales, poems and retellings of classic stories, all with a sli…

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  • Heaven

    Author: Christoph Marzi Translator: Helena Ragg-Kirkby

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Heaven

    Author: Christoph Marzi Translator: Helena Ragg-Kirkby

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

    While making his way across the rooftops of London one night, David meets Heaven, a beautiful, mysterious girl who has had her hea…

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  • Cuckoo Song

    Author: Frances Hardinge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Cuckoo Song

    Author: Frances Hardinge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 12+

    This dark fairy-story from critically acclaimed author Frances Hardinge puts a richly imaginative spin on the old tales of changel…

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  • Three Dark Crowns

    Author: Kendare Blake

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Three Dark Crowns

    Author: Kendare Blake

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and possessor of a coveted magic - and when they are 16, they must battle to the death …

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Izzy, who is only just getting used to her new powers, must try to stop a war breaking out. Hunted into the hills, she encounters …

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