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Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book) Hardcover – April 25, 1997
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Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor. (Ages 9 to 14) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first-person narrative is immediately endearing, capturing the personality of the main character in just a few lines. All the major characters are drawn and handled with care. My personal favorite was Ella's father--so heartless, yet so likable at the same time. Such a complex character rarely makes an appearance even in adult fiction.
The romance between Ella and Char made me laugh and sigh by turns. While a deep romance featuring a fifteen-year-old girl is not exactly believable, if one succeeds in suspending disbelief there is a beautiful depiction of the relationship, yet without ever becoming overdone or sappy.
I also liked the way Levine draws on elements from the original fairy tale while giving them a new twist--such as the obedience spell.
The only problem I had with this book were the occasional logical gaps that detracted somewhat from the plot's believability. Yet this is a minor detail, and one that I would probably not have noticed at age nine--which is, after all, the ideal age to read this book. But a teenager or an adult who is interested in fairy tale re-tellings should enjoy this hilarious new spin on 'Cinderella'.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the old Cinderella fairy tale. The main character is fun, funny, and intelligent (great role model), and the author puts in enough plot twists... Read morePublished 1 day ago by mkcl
This is a great book to Read and keeps you in your seats!
This book might be long but once you get to the end you wish there was more to read. Read more
This was my favorite book growing up and I'm so excited to pass it on to my daughters.Published 8 days ago by Amanda Camp
I think this book is amazing.
Loved it soooo much.
Why did Ella's dad marry that weird women? Thank you Gail for writing this book.
Cinderella has never been my favorite fairy tale–maybe it’s just not dark enough? You know I like a good, dark villain (like Maleficent). Read morePublished 21 days ago by ILayReading
Loved this. I know they made this into a movie but the middle and end are very different and just love this rendition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chatty1082
This is a rather good story tjat starts out perfect and ends awesomePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer