YA/Classic Match-Up (3)

Closing the pages of a favorite book is always a sad moment.  But sometimes the story can live on in other covers.  Below we list some YA books that can keep the magic of your favorite classics alive.

If you Like Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Read Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 1: The Great Escape by Tyler Jenkins and Kurtis J. Wiebe

This retelling is set in World War II France, where an American boy saves a group of French orphans.  Together they go on adventures, getting involved in the French Resistance.

If you Like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Read Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

When sixteen-year-old Ben’s girlfriend Marly dies, he no longer thinks he can love.  Then Marly appears, asking for him to let her go.  Ben will have to go on a trip through Valentine’s Days past in order to move on.

If you Like MoBy Dick by Herman Melville

Read Railsea by China Miéville

Sham Yes ap Soorap has joined a moletrain and is ready to see his first moldywarpe hunting.  But the captain is obsessed with Mocky Jack, the largest moldywarpe known to man.  As Sham starts to uncover secrets, he will find himself on the run.

If you Like Robin Hood

Read Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Few people know that Will Scarlet, one of Robin Hood’s men, is really a girl.  But when Lord Gisbourne arrives to trap the outlaws once and for all, Scarlet will have to decide if she is willing to risk everything to save the Robin and his band.

If You Like The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Read Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

In a post-apocalyptic world, revolution has broken out on the island of Galatea. The revolutionaries, once captured, seek escape through the plots of the mysterious Wild Poppy–in reality, Persis Blake, a high society girl from Albion. But then Persis falls in love and her entire world may be in danger.

17 thoughts on “YA/Classic Match-Up (3)

    • Krysta says:

      I always liked Will Scarlet when I was growing up for some reason, so I’m not sure how I’d feel about Gaughen making him a girl in her retelling. I haven’t gotten around to her book yet. But it’s an interesting idea!

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  1. Mai says:

    I’ll definitely have to check out Scarlet! c:

    Main takeaway from this post: if you like classics, read YA, too, and vice versa…. there’s something in both of them for everyone!


    • Krysta says:

      The ones in this list are all retellings, though I didn’t do retellings for all the YA/Classic Match-ups. I find them either because I’ve read them or seen them reviewed, or I’ve seen someone else mention them in a list. Or I’ve searched for retellings of a book.

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That’s so cool! It never occurred to me to dig deeper into Classics to find retellings. Fairy Tales are really in and I know about the Hogarth Shakespeare, but I’d love to find more retellings of my favorite classics. Or, well, just read more classics. 😉


        • Krysta says:

          My friend’s really into the Hogarth Shakespeare series, but I haven’t read any yet. I think Shakespeare is one of those authors, for me, where I’m just generally disappointed by retellings. I love retellings, but somehow I’m always sitting there going, “Sigh, but Shakespeare did it better.” So I end up reading them out of intellectual curiosity mostly.

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          • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

            HA! I love that. You’re right, Shakespeare did that better 100% of the time. I read retellings so I can view the story in a new light. I always have a new perspective on something I hadn’t noticed in the original after reading a retelling. It makes me appreciate the original more.


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