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Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book) Hardcover – April 25, 1997
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 25, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060275103
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060275105
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 670L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.85 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a fairy tale retelling, the novel doesn't follow the Cinderella storyline much until the end. Then the resemblance to the well-known fairy tale becomes much more obvious. The earlier chapters deal more with Ella and her sad family problems, her friendships, and her desperate desire to be freed from her curse.
I liked the novel quite a lot. I read a lot of Newbery list books. This one was a Newbery Honor Book in 1998. I think this is a good book for ages 10 and up and that most kids (especially girls) would enjoy reading it.
The premise is the same, a good meaning fairy bestowed a terrible gift on a child to be ever obedient. Sure it seems like a good idea except there is no single person that Ella has to be obedient to, anyone can give a command and she has to follow. It wasn’t too bad growing up, since she was treated well but after the death of her mother others found they could boss her around too and that is when Elle finds herself in a pickle.
This is a cute tale where Elle must save herself from the ‘gift/curse’ if she is ever going to have a normal life. All she needs to do is find that dang fairy who bestowed it on her.
It’s a play on Cinderella with a twist and short enough that it was an easy read. This is one of the few instances that I enjoyed the movie version a little more. But as light fairytales go it was fun.
Top praise: the relationship between Ella and the prince, Char, is developed over a long time, so none of the “fall in love at first sight” crap that so many tales lie to our children.
Besides that’s, it’s written very well, the world is thoroughly explored, and the characters have depth. Great book, probably most suited for pre/teen girls, but can be enjoyed by all ages and genders.
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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.
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