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Sometimes revisiting a classic story from a new perspective can create a whole new adventure


Is the magic mirror on the wall really better than a classic fairy tale?

Whether it’s a childhood tale or a beloved Jane Austen novel, some classic stories beg not only to be reread, but also to be retold and sometimes reinvented. In this category, authors add a refreshing twist to the fairy tales we know and love.

The Amazing Book Challenge encourages adult and teen readers to expand their reading interests by discovering new topics, series, or authors they may not have read on their own.

For the full list of suggestions and the rest of the monthly themes, go to: www.naperville-lib.org/ABC.

“Lore Olympus” (Retelling of Hades and Persephone) by Rachel Smythe

Scandalous gossip, crazy parties and forbidden love; Witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish, contemporary re-imagining of one of mythology’s best-known stories. Smythe’s Eisner-nominated original webcomic “Lore Olympus” brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

“The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden (inspired by Russian folklore)

On the edge of Russia’s wilderness, winter lasts much of the year and snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t care; He spends his winter nights listening to his nurse’s tales. After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife, who forbids him from respecting the family’s household spirits. As misfortune creeps into the village and danger sneaks up on her surroundings, Vasilisa is forced to challenge even the people she loves and summon the dangerous gifts she has long hidden to protect her family from a threat that seems straight out of her nurse’s scariest stories.

“The Chosen and the Beautiful” (Retelling of “The Great Gatsby”) by Nghi Vo

Jordan Baker grows up in the rarefied circles of 1920s American society; He has money, he has education, and he is invited to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. He is also gay, Asian, considered an exotic attraction by his peers, and the most important doors are kept closed to him. But the world is full of wonders: hellish pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. All paper is fire and Jordan can burn a man’s paper heart. He just needs to learn how to do it.

“Frankenstein in Baghdad” (a retelling of “Frankenstein”) by Aḥmad Saʻdāwī

Hadi, a local cafe sweeper and oddball businessman, collects human body parts from the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad and stitches them together to create a corpse. He claims his goal is for the government to recognize these pieces as human beings and give them a proper burial. But when the body goes missing and a terrifying wave of murders sweeps the city, Hadi soon realizes he’s created a monster; a monster who needs human flesh to survive – first from the criminal, then from anyone who gets in his way.

“Unmarriageable” by Soniah Kamal (a retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”)

A scandal and a malicious rumor involving the Binat family destroyed their fortune and coveted marriage hopes, but Alys, the second and most practical of Binat’s five daughters, found happiness teaching Jane Austen and other literary heroes to schoolgirls. During a party, Alys’ older sister catches the attention of highly successful entrepreneur Fahad “Bungles” Bingla. However, Bungles’ friend, Valentine Darsee, is not impressed by the Binat family. As their lavish wedding day unfolds, Alys and her family wait with bated breath to see if Jena will make an offer, and Jena begins to realize that Darsee’s rude demeanor hides a man very different from the one she judged at first glance.

“Legendbirth” by Tracy Deonn (Retelling of the Arthurian legend)

After her mother dies in an accident, 16-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high school students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape; until Bree witnesses a magical attack on her first night on campus. When a mysterious young wizard, a member of a secret society called “Legendborn”, fails to erase Bree’s memory of everything she has seen, Bree’s own magic and a buried memory resurface: The night her mother died, another wizard was in the hospital. But when the Legendary Born introduce themselves as descendants of King Arthur’s knights and announce that a magical war is coming, Bree must decide how far she will go for the truth and whether to use her magic to bring down society or join it. fight.

Ashlee Conour is a marketing specialist at the Naperville Public Library.


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