Fairy Tales & More

Douglas County Libraries is celebrating fairy tales, folklore and fables this month! Check out some of these enchanting reads.

YA Fiction

Heartless

by Marissa Meyer
“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.” The author who brought us the Lunar Chronicles takes on the origin story of the Queen of Hearts in this YA novel. Like any good Wonderland story, there’s madness, magic, monsters — and fate.

Hunted

by Meagan Spooner
Hunted stays true to the more original tale of Beauty and the Beast. Some not-so-great sisters, a loss of their father’s fortune and accompanying social status, an enchanted forest, a creeping obsession, and an overall Russian influence make for a haunting, complex and picturesque retelling.

Tiger Lily

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
“Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…” This coming-of-age story is told from Tinkerbell’s perspective, complete with the growing pains that come with budding romance, friendships and goodbyes, and set in a beautifully fearsome Neverland.

A Court of Thorns & Roses

by Sarah J. Maas
“Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse or she will lose Tamlin forever.” The author of the high fantasy Throne of Glass series gives a faerie twist on Beauty and the Beast in this captivating read.

Geekerella

by Ashley Poston
Replace an idyllic kingdom with a passionate fandom, swap the royal ball for cosplay and conventions, substitute Prince Charming for a celebrity teen heartthrob and you have Geekerella, a delightful retelling of the classic fairy tale set in modern day. This is a must-read for nerds everywhere.

A Wicked Thing

by Rhiannon Thomas
After awakening, Aurora finds that her “true love” is really a nice stranger, her time asleep made her a target for use as a political pawn, and everyone she knew is long dead. Picking up where the fairy tale leaves off, A Wicked Thing answers the question: “What happens after happily ever after?”

Adult Fiction

The Bear and the Nightingale

by Katherine Arden
This Russian-style novel is steeped in magic, winter and occasional darkness.

The Noble Servant

by Melanie Dickerson
This novel is set in medieval times and is based on the fairy tale The Goose Girl. Robbed of her identity by a servant on her way to marry the Duke of Wolfberg, Magdalen is left to tend geese in a town where nobody knows who she really is, and she has no way of proving her identity — until she meets a fellow shepherd.

Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman
Hoffman has written several novels sprinkled with magic that have been called fairy tales for adults. This book spawned both a 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and the upcoming prequel titled The Rules of Magic.

Enchantment

by Orson Scott Card
Ivan stumbled across a beautiful, sleeping princess in a Carpathian forest as a child. He was scared away by a malevolent presence, but has never been able to get over it. Even though life took him to a graduate program in America, he is compelled to return to that forest as an adult. The well-known author of Ender’s Game spins a story influenced by Sleeping Beauty and Russian myth with this novel.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

by Genevieve Valentine
Twelve Dancing Princesses is given a delicious Jazz Age revamp, where princesses are flappers and princes bootleggers.

Nonfiction

Usborne Illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales & Usborne Illustrated Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

Usborne has collected a sampling of both of these authors’ works, making the original fairy tales accessible for children.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

by Maria Tatar
If you want a comprehensive approach to all the great fairy tales, presented by an expert academic on folklore and fairy tales, this is the book for you.

The Final Frontier: Space Books & Sci-Fi

Douglas County Libraries is exploring the Final Frontier this month with space-themed events at various locations throughout the district. If you’re looking for more sci-fi fun and futuristic thrills, check out these books!

 

YA Sci-Fi

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Illuminae

by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
In the year 2575, the planet Kerenza is attacked. New exes Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, with a malfunctioning ship’s artificial intelligence and a deadly plague upping the stakes against their survival in this unconventional, suspenseful novel.

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Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy
In this compelling, action-packed dystopic novel set in the year 2048, Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is chosen to fly the experimental Streaker jets at the junior Air Force Academy, despite the dark secrets in her past. As the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret that changes everything.

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Alienated

by Melissa Landers

High school senior Cara Sweeney gets in over her head when she participates in Earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program in this romantic, suspenseful tale.

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kauffman
Opposites attract in this suspenseful tale. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are in a fight for their lives when their ship crash lands on an eerily deserted planet, and they must work together in order to survive.

Sci-Fi Books Turned Movies

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The Martian

by Andy Weir
In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, Mark Watley is stranded after a dust storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short. He has to call on his ingenuity to survive with no air, shelter, food or water until the next manned mission to Mars in four years. DVD

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams
This quirky, offbeat classic kicks off the extraterrestrial journeys, notions and acquaintances of unwilling galactic traveler Arthur Dent. DVD

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I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov
With the three laws of robotics, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever. In this thought-provoking classic, he links the past, present and future of robots through a series of stories, from their primitive beginnings to a future where humanity may no longer play a part. DVD

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Dune

by Frank Herbert
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this sweeping classic tells the tale of young Paul Atreides, who survives a devastating betrayal against his noble family to become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib who avenges his family, and brings to life humanity’s fragile and most ancient dream. DVD

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Rocket Boys

by Homer H. Hickham
This fantastic memoir inspired the film October Sky. It explores the life of aerospace engineer Homer Hickham and his friends in Big Creek, West Virginia, from the launch of Sputnik to a career in NASA. DVD

Picture Books for Kids

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Zathura

by Chris Van Allsburg
Two boisterous brothers (Danny and Walter, first introduced in Jumanji) find more excitement than they bargained for in a space adventure board game in this fanciful and fun picture book.

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If You Decide to Go to the Moon

by Faith McNulty
In language that is elegant, yet fun, this lavish picture book invites you to accompany a boy on an emotionally charged trip to the moon — from reminders of what one should pack on a trip to the moon, to the exciting countdown and liftoff. After blastoff, facts about space travel are mingled with descriptions of what the journey might be like.

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Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

by Mark E. Kelly
A mouse stowaway on NASA’s first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft’s engines fails. Meteor returns to save the day in this second picture book by Mark Kelly (retired American astronaut).

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Mars Needs Moms!

by Berke Breathed
When a disgruntled boy sees his mother being kidnapped by Martians, he realizes he loves her and will go to any lengths to protect her. Check out this delightful picture book that was made into a motion picture.

For Fans of Star Wars & Star Trek

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For the Love of Spock (DVD)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy.

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The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

by David A. Goodman
This clever and engaging chronicle of the most famous Starfleet captain, in his own words, traces his youth on Tarsus IV, education at the Academy, and illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, while sharing insights into his beliefs and famous missions. Told “in-universe,” this tribute will appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the beloved franchise.

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Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

by James Luceno

Set before the events of Rogue One, Catalyst reveals the previously untold story of the development of the Death Star. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a super weapon before any enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher
A witty retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Nonfiction Reads

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StarTalk: Everything You Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe & Beyond

This New York Times bestselling illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.

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Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & the Imagined

by Ron Miller
How have actual spaceships influenced the design of fictional ones like the Millennium Falcon and the Starship Enterprise? Did a fiction series in Collier’s magazine really inspire us to create real-life space stations like Mir and the ISS? How have our depictions of space travel developed as the reality of space travel changed? In this book, Miller shows that when it comes to manned spacecraft, art actually does imitate life and, even more bizarrely, life imitates art.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by Mary Roach
From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

by Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Bookish Films Coming This Spring!

Are the books really better than the movies? Judge for yourself! These books-turned-movies are being released this spring. Quick, break out your library card and read them before you see them!

 

March

The Zookeeper’s Wife
by Diane Ackerman

A fascinating, true story of Polish zookeepers who saved over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages in their zoo. The movie stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl. Check out the trailer!

 

 

The Boss Baby
by Marla Frazee

From the moment he is born, the baby takes charge! The film stars Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow.

 

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

The YA novel raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others. Will the film starring Zoey Deutch and Logan Miller live up to the book?

 

Beauty and the Beast

The classic fairy tale hits the big screen as a live-action fantasy musical, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.

 

April

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

A young, ambitious woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime working for a powerful internet company. But at what cost? The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Check out the trailer here.

 

Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

Auggie was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now in the fifth grade, that’s about to change. Will the heartwarming story translate to the big screen? Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star.

 

May

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney

A family road trip takes several wrong turns. But even the worst trip can be an unforgettable adventure. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.

 

The Dinner
by Herman Koch

Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Underlying the polite conversation and delicate scraping of cutlery is the horrifying act committed by their sons. The film stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, and Rebecca Hall.

 

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Seventeen-year-old Madeline has a rare disease, making her allergic to the world outside her sterile home. When Olly moves in next door, she knows she’s going to fall in love, and that it will most certainly be a disaster. The film stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.

 

June

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey

Two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to play pranks turn their principal into their own superhero creation. The movie stars Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, and Ed Helms. Check out Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive first look.