Robin McKinley
Beauty

Beauty

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Booklist calls this reimagining of the classic fairy tale "a captivating novel."

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Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter

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From the publisher: "Twenty years ago, Robin McKinley dazzled readers with the power of her novel Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist returns to the story of Beauty and the Beast with a fresh perspective and ingenuity."

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The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

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The Washington Post "confirms McKinley as an important writer of modern heroic fantasy, a genre whose giants include C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin." The New York Times calls this "an utterly engrossing fantasy." From the publisher: "In Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, an outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm."

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The Outlaws of Sherwood

The Outlaws of Sherwood

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Robin McKinley is known for reimagining classic tales like Beauty and the Beast. Here she takes on the legend of Robin Hood. From the publisher: "Young Robin Longbow, subapprentice forester in the King’s Forest of Nottingham, must contend with the dislike of the Chief Forester. But Robin does not want to leave Nottingham or lose the title to his father’s small tenancy, because he is in love with a young lady named Marian. Robin has been granted a rare holiday to go to the Nottingham Fair, where he will spend the day with his friends Much and Marian. But he is ambushed by a group of the Chief Forester’s cronies. He knows his own life is forfeit. But Much and Marian convince him that perhaps his personal catastrophe is also an opportunity: an opportunity for a few stubborn Saxons to gather together in the secret heart of Sherwood Forest and strike back against the arrogance and injustice of the Norman overlords.

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Spindle’s End

Spindle’s End

This Sleeping Beauty retelling is part of McKinley's Folktales series, a well-loved collection of retellings for fairytale fans. The premise is familiar: an evil fairy curses a princess to prick her finger and sleep and endless sleep. McKinley adds a few surprising twists to the original tale, but the magic is in the detailed world she creates with vivid descriptions of the setting and creatures. The narration makes this feel like a classic fairytale.

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