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Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella (original 1999; edition 2007)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Title:Just Ella
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Info:Simon Pulse (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
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Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1999)

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There were some pretty mature themes here, including the difference between love and lust. The war is a topic for conversation to the court, nothing more. There are questions of priorities and sacrifices - for example why is Madame Bisset so very perfectly mannered, and what are Ella and Jed willing to risk to have the life that matters to them?
It's a book you don't want to read lightly, as if you're 10, but rather read more carefully, when you're at least 14.

(I should rewrite this review some day for coherence, sorry I'm fuzzy-brained today.) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
It's kinda what you'd expect for the premise. It was a bit predictable and not at all original. The writing was beneath what I'm used to for Haddix, but it was a nice one to just shut your brain down for.

The explicit and implicit mentions of rape make this book entirely unsuitable for middle schoolers or elementary students, yet the juvenile tone and style of the book make it unsuitable for all but low level high schoolers. It's just not that great for any demographic. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 18, 2014 |
In an exciting Cinderella twist, this story takes off after the royal ball/engagement. The book takes a little while to get into, and it's definitely not your classic Cinderella fairy tale, but it quickly becomes a page-turner. Readers will love seeing Ella take charge of her own life time after time even when faced with adversity. It's an incredible story of finding love and happiness while sticking it to the man. I couldn't put this book down, and it was so refreshing to read a fairy tale with a strong female lead that isn't dependent upon a prince charming. ( )
  ghelmus | May 27, 2014 |
What happens after the glass slipper fits and Cinderella is whisked away to Prince Charming's palace? In this story, "happily ever after" doesn't seem to be in the cards. Ella, having spent so much time as a servant, is having trouble adjusting to the tight-laced bureaucracy of palace life. Worse, her regular meetings with Prince Charming are stilted and awkward, with no one showing any interest in her beyond her beauty. I liked this one. I liked Ella's determination and practicality. I liked the lack of a fairy godmother or any other magical elements. Definitely one to pick up if you like fairy tale retellings. ( )
  melydia | Nov 5, 2013 |
Ella is the luckiest girl in the kingdom so why is she so unhappy?
Her prince is handsome but boring, and the castle has every comfort but she feels imprisoned. This book presents Cinderella as smart, adventurous girl who isn't satisfied with life inside a fairy tale. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 6, 2013 |
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Book Description Publication Date: 1999 In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape. Show More Show Less

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In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

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