CINDERELLA IS DEAD
2020 Wordery Children's Book of the Year Winner
2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominee
2020 Books Are My Bag Winner, YA Fiction
2020 Book Shimmy Award Winner, We Need Diverse Books
2020 CYBILS Award Nominee
2022 YALSA Amazing Books for Young Adults Selection
Cover art by Manzi Jackson US cover
CINDERELLA IS DEAD
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.
“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
“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
"In Cinderella is Dead, debut author Kalynn Bayron, reimagines the world of this classic with a striking sapphic story about a determined young woman willing to risk it all to expose the secrets and lies at the very heart of Cinderella’s mythic ‘happily ever-after’ in order to free a kingdom." --Ro Moore, FIYAH