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Enchanted by Melded Fairy Tales

TITLE: Enchanted

AUTHOR: Alethea Kontis

LENGTH:320 pages

SUMMARY: (via amazon.com) It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

BRIDGE: This book proves that the fairy tale genre is not overdone or dead. Kontis is able weave multiple fairy tales together in a way that makes them new again. It is fun to dissect Sunday’s story and identify all the separate threads of Sunday’s story that interlock in a beautiful tapestry that would rival any of Friday’s skirts.

Teachers could use this story to reignite students’ interests in fables and fairy tales. Students could mine the pages for the basic elements of all fairy tales or compare Kontis’s version with the originals. With a dash of Grimm and a dollop of Disney, Kontis is able to make these classic tales less gruesome but equally impactful. Comparison to the original versions of the fairy tales would be a fairly simple exercise. Students could also write an extension to Sunday’s story, perhaps including missing or obscure elements of some of the fairy tales already seen in the book. And, of course, acting out or modernizing different scenes from the book would be great fun.

READERS: People who enjoy a new twist on an old tale will enjoy this book. In addition, this book will appeal to lovers of adventure, mystery and romance. The blending of fairy tales makes this an interesting mix of genres that will appeal to varied readers.

OTHER TITLES: Readers who enjoy this book will also enjoy Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler, or Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Special thanks to Alethea Kontis & Harcourt for inviting me to read this great tale. And look for an interview with her soon here on YA Book Bridges.

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