Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers by Steve Berman
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Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers by Steve Berman

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Trade paperback format.  Magical tales with a twist.  Recommended!

Red Caps might be a rock band. Or they might be something more sinister, a fey source of sounds that are but the backdrop to thrills and misadventures. These thirteen stories provide readers jaded with the traditional, Old World fairy tales and tempts them with new stories that will engage bored readers from their suburban ennui.

Closets are waiting to be explored. Escape from work camp leads to a dangerous encounter on a wet road. That high school year book is magical and might be mocking you...or helping you find love. And isn't love one of the central premises of the fairy tale? These teenage boys and girls need not fear that their love has no worth, because Steve Berman has written for them princesses who love maidens and adorkable students who have wondrous and smart boyfriends. Readers can be assured that, if the tale does not end happy, it ends most memorably.

Table of Contents

  "The Harvestbuck"

  "Most Likely"

  "Cruel Movember"

  "Thimbleriggery and Fledglings"


  "All Smiles"

  "Persimmon, Teeth, and Boys"

  "Gomorrahs of the Deep"

  "A Calenture of the Jungle"

  "Three on a Match"

  "Steeped in Debts to the Chimney-Pots"

  "Worse Than Alligators"

  "Only Lost Boys Are Found"

"Stylish and compelling, this will find an audience with many a teen, gay, straight, or those that refuse to be labeled." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books