The best writers of our generation retell classic tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops,” literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author’s unique perception and innovative style.

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Praise for Rags & Bones:
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick

* "There are no rags and bones here; each of these stories and illustrations is sumptuously clothed and fully fleshed out, so that readers will not need to be familiar with the originals to enjoy the newly imagined versions."
BCCB (starred review)
"While the tone varies from witty to poignant, from lush and sensual to dry and didactic, the stories share a darkly fantastic sensibility, often with a horrific undercurrent...A thoughtful selection of exquisite literary amuse-bouches."
Kirkus Reviews
"[An] eclectic anthology...plenty for readers to savor."—Publishers Weekly
"An interesting mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror-well written and highly varied-that is sure to appeal to older teens..." —School Library Journal
"...Most of the stories-wildly various, like their predecessors-hit their mark and brilliantly contemporize themes considered decades in the past."—VOYA
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