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Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book) Hardcover – 1 May 1997
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"Gail Carson Levine has a real gift for humor, and her heroine is a real, live girl: strong, funny, assertive, and confused, like all the rest of us. "Ella Enchanted" is true, touching, and very funny."-- Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal -- winning "The Midwife's Apprentice" and the Newbery Honor book "Catherine, called Birdy""Gail Carson Levine brings humor and wit to her story and gives us an intriguing, funny, spirited heroine. This book is fresh and charming!"-- Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery Medal-winning "Walk Two Moons""This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of hujorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead."("Pointer review")-- "The Kirkus Rewiews"
Plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers' hearts."--ALA Booklist (starred review)
As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers hearts. --ALA Booklist (starred review)"
A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale. --School Library Journal (starred review)"
"A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale."--School Library Journal (starred review)
From the Back Cover
How can a fairy's
blessing be such a curse?
At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.
In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.See all Product description
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I finished it in pretty much a day. It's such a lovely read, and I think I would certainly read it again.
All my old questions about Cinderella were answered. Why would Cinderella put up with her bossy stepsisters? Because she was under a curse, of course. Why couldn't anyone recognize her? It was a masked ball, of course. Why wouldn't her shoes fit anyone else? You'll have to read the book for that one.
Today's women don't really respect a Prince who falls for a girl because of her looks. And now we learn that that isn't the way it was at all. Ella and the Prince had known and corresponded with each other for years. Ella's personality is what enchanted the Prince, as well as the reader. This means giving up the desperate search for the owner of the shoe, as he knows where to go. But it's worth it.
Adventures with ogres only add to the fun. This book leaves you with a satisfied feeling. I hope that this author writes more books soon!
Ella has been given a 'gift' by a well-meaning but thoughtless fairy. She has to be obedient at all times. Whether she's being told to wash the dishes or give up her most treasured possessions, she has to do as she's told. When her world falls apart and her vile stepmother and stepsisters find out about her obedience, she realises that the only way to stop this madness - and her domestic slavery - is to find the fairy, Lucinda, and persuade her to take away the gift. So she leaves her home town of Frell and sets off to find her, leaving behind her best friend, her home and her growing romance with Prince Charmont.
So far, so different from the movie - but still eminently readable and a sweet story. It's the ending that fell apart completely for me. The film had a gripping, exciting ending that made full use of the compulsive nature of Ella's obedience to create tension and a great climax. The novel just fell quietly into a bland ending which was really disappointing at the conclusion of such a feisty heroine's story. It was perfect holiday fluff, but I don't think I'll be rereading this one. I'll buy myself the DVD instead!
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