Red's Untold Tale is an official canon companion novel to ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Wendy Toliver, and was released on September 22, 2015.
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during wolftime is a means of survival. Red help's Granny with Granny's baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door (in a basket) sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of "control" as she discovers she has a hot temper when the "mean girls" push her too far. ("When we learn to control it, we needn't fear it", Rumplestiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she recieved her cloak and the nickname "Red". She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn't understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming. Also, the forest creatures that used to accompany her on her deliveries are suddenly afraid of her once she turns 13. She'll be taller and faster than the others at her school, and witty and strong on the outside, though she has a soft side as well. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.
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Granny suggests she and Red become bandits as a means of earning more money. She further elaborates by saying that bandits plan distractions to loot passing carriages. Snow White, who Red would later befriend, would go on to become an infamous bandit, and use the very same tactic to loot Prince Charming and Princess Abigail's carriage.
The novel states that granny had six brothers.
It also notes that the king is currently a widower, placing this story between the death of Queen Cora, and the king's second marraige to Regina.
It gives Peter's birthday as May 12, and notes that he is 17 (one year older than Red).
It is revealed that 'Red' is not Red Riding Hood's real name (name she was given at birth), but rather, a nickname. According to comments made in the book, it is meant to be somewhat deragatory at first before she gains the respect of the village.
Red's gold cross necklace from the tv show is expanded upon and given its own backstory as it is used as a plot device.
The book highlights the existance of other sorceror's although they are not nearly as powerful as Rumpelstiltskin.
According to the novel, Red Riding Hood is 16 and has a November birthday.