Friday, October 21, 2016

Ready to Go! Book Display: Classics Reimagined

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group (Adults, Teens, and Children) that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are focusing on classic books that have been reimagined.

Adult
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Mar 2009)
A mysterious plague has fallen about the quiet English village of Meryton - and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennett is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
 
 
Set in an Oz where morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister's death.
 
 
Longbourn by Jo Baker (Oct 2013)
A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennett household from the viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.
 
 
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (Oct 2013)
The Austen Project pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen's six complete works: Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. Taking these well-loved stories as their base, each author will write their own unique take on Jane Austen's novels.


Teen
 
Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Aug 2016)
When Elinor Dashwood's father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby and the older Colonel Brandon. Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change. Other titles in this series includes: Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter, Pride & Prejudice, Les Miserables, and Emma.
 
 
Splintered by A.G. Howard (Jan 2013)
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.
 
 
Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds (Mar 2007)
A graphic retelling of a Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf who, after defeating great evils, meets his match in the death-dragon of the deep. Hinds has written other retellings including: The Odyssey, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
 
 
Great by Sara Benincasa (Apr 2014)
In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, seventeen-year-old Naomi Rye becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle and a tragedy that shakes the summer community.
 
 
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (May 2015)
In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
 
 
Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc by Tony Lee (Sept 2015)
A graphic novel retelling of the story of Joan of Arc, who inspired and led French armies to fight for freedom against the British, only to be captured and executed when she was nineteen years old.
 
 
The Fall by Bethany Griffin (Oct 2014)
A retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' in which Madeline and her twin brother, Roderick, suffer from the Usher family illness but she hears the House talking to her, filling her dreams, controlling her actions, and ensuring she never leaves the property.

Kids
 
BabyLit Primers: Little Women by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (Sept 2016)
These board books introduce the youngest readers to classic literature.
 
 
Reimagine one of Sherlock Holmes' most popular mysteries using the beloved Playmobil characters and figurines.
 
 
Macbeth #killingit by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone (Jan 2016)
William Shakespeare's tragedy told in the style of texts, tweets, and status posts. Other books in the OMG Shakespeare series include: A Midsummer Night #nofilter, srsly Hamlet, and YOLO Juliet. There's another series called OMG Classics that currently includes Scrooge #worstgiftever and Darcy Swipes Left.
 
 
Retells the epic tale of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War, told from the point of view of the steadfast companion who never gives up home of his master's safe return.
 
 
Please Share, Aphrodite! by Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli (Sept 2015)
An illustrated, easy-to-read board book retelling of the Greek myth of The Judgment of Paris, in which Aphrodite, awarded a candy apple, hurts the feelings of Hera and Athena with her gloating. Other books in the Mini Myths series include: Play Nice, Hercules!, Be Patient, Pandora!, Don't Get Lost, Odysseys!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Good Job, Athena!, Be Careful, Icarus! and Make a Wish, Midas!


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