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AT MIDNIGHT: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined edited
by Dahlia Adler

AT MIDNIGHT: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler

A dazzling collection of original and retold fairy tales from fifteen acclaimed and bestselling YA writers

Fairy tales have been spun for thousands of years and remain among our most treasured stories. Weaving fresh tales with unexpected reimaginings, At Midnight brings together a diverse group of celebrated YA writers to breathe new life into a storied tradition. You’ll discover…

Dahlia Adler reimagining “Rumpelstiltskin,”

Tracy Deonn, “The Nightingale,”

H. E. Edgmon, “Snow White,”

Hafsah Faizal, “Little Red Riding Hood,”

Stacey Lee, “The Little Matchstick Girl,”

Roselle Lim, “Hansel and Gretel,”

Darcie Little Badger, “Puss in Boots,”

Malinda Lo, “Frau Trude,”

Alex London, “Cinderella.”

Anna-Marie McLemore, “The Nutcracker,”

Rebecca Podos, “The Robber Bridegroom,”

Rory Power, “Sleeping Beauty,”

Meredith Russo, “The Little Mermaid,”

Gita Trelease, “Fitcher’s Bird,”

and an all-new fairy tale by Melissa Albert.

Dahlia Adler (editor) is an editor of mathematics by day, a book blogger by night, and an author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart and That Way Madness Lies, and the author of Cool for the Summer and Home Field Advantage. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books.

Rights have already sold to Titan in the UK!

Praise for At Midnight:

*A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week!*

*A November Book Club Pick for the Mary Sue!*

*Featured on round-ups from Buzzfeed, Tor.com, LitHub, Publishers Weekly, and more!*

“This anthology does not shy away from uniqueness, boldness, or diversity—elements embraced by each of these stellar writers in their own beautiful way.” —Booklist

“The stories draw upon perennially intriguing themes, presenting tales in genres from fantasy and historical fiction to horror in a collection sure to please a broad range of readers. Timely and timeless.” —Kirkus

“Look, all you really need to know is that this is an anthology put together by Dahlia Adler. Her YA short story collections are always incredible. This time she takes on fairy tales, not just retelling them with updated characters but completely reimagining them with diverse settings, characters, and identities.” —Tor.com, Best Book of the Month

“This young adult anthology brings on acclaimed authors to retell fairy tales in clever new fashions that tap into that familiar magic.” —Lit Hub

“A dazzling collection of reimagined fairy tales…brilliantly diverse, often bloody.” —The Buffalo News

“This super entertaining collection of 15 reimagined fairytales…is inclusive, diverse, and so much fun. An excellent gift for any fairytale-lovers.” —BuzzFeed

“Some of the tales are as satisfyingly sharp as the first bite of a poisoned apple; others offer softness and hard-won optimism, reminding readers that just as fairy tales can lead to dangerous woods, they can also offer a path that leads home.” —The Bulletin

“This could easily become a modern-day classic. 5 stars.” —YABooksCentral.com

Publishers Weekly starred review

This expansive fairy tale anthology edited by contributor Adler (Home Field Advantage) comprises 14 reimagined fairy tales by Tracy Deonn, Malinda Lo, and Anna-Marie McLemore, among others, plus one “new fairy tale” by Melissa Albert. “Say My Name,” Adler’s “Rumpelstiltskin” retelling, features a genius teenage hacker who uses her skills to secure her best friend a spot in a coding competition. H.E. Edgmon’s rendition of “Little Snow White,” “Mother’s Mirror,” follows a transgender high schooler seeking freedom from their mother’s oppressive ideals. After learning his parents can’t afford their mortgage, an Apache teen teams up with a talking coyote to save his house in Darcie Little Badger’s “Coyote in High-Top Sneakers,” inspired by “Puss in Boots.” In Albert’s original fairy tale, “The Sister Switch,” a college student’s plans to break up with his girlfriend and date her best friend are foiled by the sudden appearance of a mysterious immersive theatrical experience. Intersectionally diverse and globally inclusive—stories take place across time in locales such as British-occupied India, Russia, New York City’s Chinatown, and suburban U.S. neighborhoods—this simultaneously whimsical, adventurous, and bone-chilling genre-spanning collection smartly riffs on the referenced source material to explore contemporary values. The original fairy tales conclude. Ages 12–up.

School Library Journal starred review

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.

Praise for That Way Madness Lies:

*Featured on round-ups from Buzzfeed, Locus Magazine, and BookRiot!*

“From comedy to tragedy to sonnet, from texts to storms to prom, this collection is a knockout.” —BuzzFeed

“The stories stand capably on their own merits, but will be enriched by familiarity with—or better yet, reading alongside—Shakespeare’s original plays and sonnets. Budding writers may even be inspired to put their own spins on the Bard of Avon’s timeless tales.” —BookPage

“Thoughtfully curated by Adler (His Hideous Heart), this sumptuous anthology reframes Shakespeare’s work, linking themes to contemporary concerns while bringing a critical eye to the originals’ cultural assumptions. With its range of narrative styles and diverse protagonists, this collection offers much to savor.” —Publishers Weekly

“That Way Madness Lies is a must-read for theater kids ready to consider their favorite comedies and tragedies in a new way, as well as Shakespeare skeptics who might be more willing to warm up to William if his story of star crossed lovers involved an incredibly high stakes text chain.” —Booklist

“Queer and diverse, this Shakespeare anthology takes 15 of the Bard’s most iconic works and builds an eclectic collection that successfully subverts the original white heteronormative canon. Built-in curriculum potential and excellent representation mean school libraries in particular will find this anthology a worthy purchase.” —School Library Journal

“Ranging from grim and gritty to starry-eyed and futuristic, these 15 stories retell the Bard’s works as they’ve rarely been presented before. A radical reimagining and avant-garde interpretation of Shakespeare.” —Kirkus

“That Way Madness Lies is a spectacular, spell-binding Shakespearean collection that you will fall deeply in love with... Each tale is a gem in the glittering crown of this anthology, which is one of the best anthologies I’ve read.” —The Nerd Daily

“That Way Madness Lies is a stunning collection of laughs, heartbreak, and beauty. The authors and the source material shine in this book.” —PaperbackParis.com

“That Way Madness Lies is a delightful and enthralling new collection.” —YA Books Central

“While the intended meaning and values of each story still hold true, characters who would not have been given a voice in the seventeenth century are able to impart their unique identities, conflicts and triumphs.” —Girly Book Club

Praise for His Hideous Heart:

*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

*A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week*

*A Kirkus Best Book of the Year*

“Adler’s anthology brims over with fierce delight and uncanny invention; the stories here vary in their effect nearly as much as Poe’s do. If you haven’t read Poe before, His Hideous Heart works equally well as an introduction, a tribute and a loving critique. Welcome.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A genre-bending collection of 13 twists on Edgar Allan Poe’s works does Poe proud with this creepy and atmospheric set of stories inspired by a handful of his most well-known works. Diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality is well-represented. Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Presenting 13 reinterpretations of Poe’s works alongside the originals, this enticing anthology offers an accessible, multifaceted reading experience for fans old and new...A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In Adler’s inclusive anthology, 13 YA authors honor Edgar Allan Poe’s pioneering work in mystery, horror, and science fiction with retellings that emphasize diverse characters, settings, and genres...Poe fans new and old will find stories to appreciate here.” —ALA Booklist

“Thirteen authors reshape short stories by Edgar Allan Poe in a collection that practically pulses with curricular potential. Both well-known works and lesser-known stories are reimagined here, and the retellings echo the suspense, wit, and undeniable sadness that move through the original pieces. Poe’s original short stories are all provided in the second half of the book, and any fan of the writer will appreciate these modern takes on the morbid and macabre.” —The Bulletin

“A solid collection of thoroughly modernized Poe classics, recommended for YA shelves and classrooms for die-hard Poe scholars.” —Library Journal

“While we love Edgar Allan Poe—the original sadboi and Halloween’s unofficial literary mascot—we have to admit that his 150-year-old stories could use a 2019-worthy glow-up. The YA story collection His Hideous Heart takes that challenge and runs with it. Each of the anthology’s contributors revamp or totally reinvent 13 of Poe’s best-known stories and poems, imbuing most of them with a much-needed dose of feminism, LGBTQ representation, and racial diversity.” —HelloGiggles

“Heartbreaking, thrilling, gruesome, and gorgeous: these stories will delight longtime Poe fans just as much as readers who haven’t read the classics.” —Beth Revis, author of Give the Dark My Love and Star Wars: Rebel Rising