The Rose and The Beast by Francesca Lia Block
Fairy Tales Retold

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With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.

Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.

A club girl from L.A., awakening from a long sleep to the memories of her past, finally finds release from its curse.

And Beauty learns that Beasts can understand more than men.

Within these singular, timeless landscapes, the brutal and the magical collide, and the heroine triumphs because of the strength she finds in a pen, a paintbrush, a lover, a friend, a mother, and finally, in herself.

Best Children's Books 2000 (PW)
Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)


About Francesca Lia Block

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Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales and Secrets, and the adult novel The Elementals. Her work has been translated and published around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children.  Learn about her books and writing classes at
Published August 7, 2001 by HarperTeen. 240 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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“Rose” is a powerful metaphor of the bond between sisters, Rose White and Rose Red, and how emergent eroticism looses that tie.

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "Block sets out to revisit nine fairy tales, filling her stories with gritty, even headline-grabbing issues.

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Teen Reads

A compilation of fiction, essays, and poems all written by teens, TEEN INK perfectly captures the essence of adolescence and all its many faces.

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Fantasy Literature

Block exceeds herself here with the potency of her words — a girl too afraid to fight for her love as she is convinced that something as perfect as their love cannot possibly last, a boy trapped between two women, and of course, the regal Ice Queen that we’ve all met in our own lives at one time ...

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Strange Horizons

This collection is subtitled ‘Fairy Tales Retold,’ but the nine stories it contains are less retellings than reflections and reactions, along with a few refutations.

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