The Puppet Kingdom
Meridel Newton, author
Red is a fairy tale brought to life - she embodies Red Riding Hood in the modern world. With no knowledge of who and what she is, Red must relearn everything from walking to love. While living with a human family, Red slowly comes to believe that she, too, is human. Between Zack, a boy who won't admit to anyone just how broken his heart is, a precocious and insightful younger sister, and the quiet, detached gloom of their father, Red has enough to handle. But the sudden discovery of a strange power throws her into confusion. Overwhelmed by this new power and by the realization that she alone cannot solve the family's problems, Red runs, preparing to lose herself in the wide world. But there is more to her story and history than she knows, and Red cannot shirk her responsibilities. An evil queen, herself a tale brought to life, starts erasing well-known fairytales from all memory, and Red is the only one who can stop her. But to do that, she needs to know who she is and what she is capable of. She needs to understand the role of Legends and Tales -- and she needs to give up being human, and the boy who gifted her with humanity.