At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined

Flatiron. Nov. 2022. 464p. ed. by Adler, Dahlia, ed. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250806024.
Gr 9 Up–Adler brings together numerous YA authors to spin inclusive updates on some classic fairy tales. From “The Little Mermaid,” to “Rumplestiltskin” and “The Little Match Girl,” each tale is envisioned in new ways to include diverse and LGBTQIA+ characters. Each story has a unique twist and writing style that makes it hard for readers to put down this compilation. Classic fairy tales are often reused for retellings, but Adler’s compilation of short stories is extremely refreshing and inclusive with wonderful writing. The included 15 tales will delight and surprise readers with their fresh takes on classics. The inclusion of the original tales is also helpful for those who want to compare, or are unfamiliar with the originals. Contributing authors include Malinda Lo, Darcie Little Badger, Anna-Marie McLemore, Rebecca Podos, Alex London, Melissa Albert, and more.
VERDICT Highly recommended for YA collections. For teachers, there are various possibilities for great lesson plans and open discussions.

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