PLL Picks: Favorite Middle-Grade Retellings of Classic Stories!


We’re only a few days away from the release of Ellie Rollins’ SNAP, and in honor of the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite MG retellings of classic stories: parents and librarians, take note!


1.  The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

A fantastical take on the classic tale of Arabian Nights!

Ivy and the Meanstalk

2. Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore

This one should ring a few bells- a magical retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with a young female protagonist!


3. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This one is already a classic- and a movie starring Anne Hathaway! Ella is a young girl cursed to obey every command she’s given…based on Cinderella, and a favorite for middle graders.


4. The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson

This book isn’t even published until 2014, but it looks amazing! A retelling of the classic story of Tom Sawyer, but from the perspective of his friend, Becky!


5. The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse

This novel is inspired by the classic (aka basically ancient!) tale of Beowulf- the hero who slays monsters.


6. Zip, by Ellie Rollins

This one should look familiar- it’s a PLL title! Zip, Ellie Rollins’ first book, is based on the Odyssey by Homer, and tells the story of Lyssa as she embarks on a journey to save her mother’s legacy.


7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Inspired heavily by The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Neil Gaiman’s book is filled with hauntings and gruesome creatures who surround a boy raised by ghosts.


8. Dodger, by Terry Pratchet

Terry Pratchet’s book about the Artful Dodger (a character from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) is a unique book that includes a bunch of OTHER literary inspirations as we follow Dodger on his journey.


9. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Now a Tony-Award winning musical, Peter and the Starcatchers is a retelling of the classic story of Peter Pan!


10. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

This pick is a little closer to YA than MG, but it’s a retelling of a classic: Romeo and Juliet. Here’s the twist: it’s told from the perspective of Rosaline, the girl Romeo was head-over-heels for right before meeting the infamous Juliet.


11. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

This series features the son of Greek God Poseidon, and is a retelling of Greek Mythological stories!

12. Snap, by Ellie Rollins

Finally, the title we’re celebrating! Snap, by Ellie Rollins, will be published on October 31st, 2013. It tells the story of Danya Quixote and is based on Don Quixote, the classic tale of adventure and friendship.

If there are any other titles you like that we should mention, leave a comment here, on Tumblr, or on twitter @Paperlanternlit!


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