“Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after.”—Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely
“‘Cinderella’ might be a classic, but CINDERELLA IS DEAD is sure to become an anthem... The magic of CINDERELLA IS DEAD lies not with pumpkin carriages or fairy godmothers, but with girls taking control of their own fairy tale endings, overthrowing toxic patriarchies, and learning to walk like they bear crowns.” –Ava Tusek, Second Star to the Right Books
Cover art by Manzi Jackson
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.
Cover illustration by Fernanda Suarez
Cover design by Jet Purdie