Being a very avid reader at a young age presented pproblems for me. I could never find a book that was at the right level! When I got Ella Enchanted, however, I forgot that fact and was quickly drawn into the author's tale of magic and romance. Ella is a young maiden who, at her birth, was given a "gift" by fairy Lucinda. But what a horrible gift it is! Ella must do whatever anyone commands her! Now she has come to think of it as a curse. In this hilarious yet serious story, Ella goes through a mother's death, a fairy as a godmother, and boarding school with a selfish girl who has discovered the curse. When she runs away she is escorted home after dealing with ogres by the prince. When he proposes, she realizes that she will be putting the kingdom in danger because of the curse...what will happen next? Read and find out! Phew! Just talking about a book this good makes me want to read it again!