Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Robin McKinley
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Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in appearance, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with a tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must travel to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father insists that he will not let her go, but she responds, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Newbery Medalist Robin McKinley's beloved and acclaimed novel has been delighting readers for more than forty years. ALA Booklist called Beauty "A captivating novel."

"A reader feels as though it's all unfolding for the very first time."-The Guardian

An ALA Notable Book for Children

A Best Book for Young Adults

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ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

ALA Notable Children's Book


I was the youngest of three daughters. Our literal-minded mother named us Grace, Hope, and Honour, but few people except perhaps the minister who had baptized all three of us remembered my given name....

About the Author:

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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Brynne Nelson
reading slump, slow burn, fairytale retellings

Beauty was my first exposure to retellings at age 8, and it has held up wonderfully as I've grown! Gorgeous story.

3/9/2023 2:04:20 PM

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