Do you enjoy books like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Donna Jo Napoli’s Zel? Strong heroines who survive by their wits, humorous dialogue to rival The Princess Bride, friends from a knight who happens to be a horse to a butler who looks suspiciously like a stork — all these things fill the pages of Linda Medley’s witty original fairy tales. The Curse of Brambly Hedge (can you guess what fairy tale that refers to?) relates the origin of Castle Waiting, a towering home for misfits and wanderers who need sanctuary. The Lucky Road follows the tale of Lady Jain, a classic heroine with a dark secret, and her welcome into the rag-tag extended family at Castle Waiting.
Castle Waiting, vol. 1
By Linda Medley
Fantagraphics 2006 (new edition)