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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (1997)

by Gail Carson Levine

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    Aerrin99: An excellent fairy tale retelling set in an India-like world.
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    The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Ebbitt (jfoster_sf)
    jfoster_sf: This book is a wonderful book for Ella Enchanted fans-richly told fairytale with a touch of romance that isn't cheesy.
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    Caramellunacy: These two books have a very similar fairy tale feel with strong female characters fighting against what has been pre-ordained for them. Both emphasize the importance of considering the greater good - even in romantic relationships.
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I liked this book for a couple of reasons. One reason was because of how the plot seemed logical, even though it was fantasy. For example, in the story Ella's mom dies and her father gets remarried, so she has two step sisters. She falls in love with a boy who wants to marry her are all logical events. The fantasy part is the curse Ella has, and the orges, fairies, elves, and gnomes she meets along the way. I also like this story because even though the setting is imaginative, the author makes it seem real. For example, the author makes the setting in a castle, at a school, and in a kingdom, but like I said before, the characters Ella comes in contact with are imaginative. The message is to always do the right thing even if its not what you want. The right choice might have the best outcome for everyone involved. ( )
  KellieMcFadzen | May 1, 2015 |
Ella isn't your typical girl; she has been gifted or rather cursed by a fairy to always be obedient. Whenever someone gives her a command, she must follow it, even if it is something she would desperately rather not do. This is an engaging book that hooked me from page one. I loved how the author took the tale of Cinderella and altered it while still remaining true to the original. In addition, I loved the injection of humour into the story. This book would be ideally suited for intermediate level children (aged 10-14) but will realistically appeal to anyone who loves fairy tales. Ella Enchanted is a Newbery Medal winner. ( )
  AleashaKachel | Feb 19, 2015 |
I loved this version of the classic Cinderella story! Tho' very different from the movie based on this book (a charming creation in its own right), children, families and adults who love children's stories and fairy tales will be delighted in this book's story! ( )
  CILLYart4U | Feb 16, 2015 |
A Disneyfied retelling of Cinderella with a couple of surprises.

I watched the film adaptation of Ella Enchanted ages ago, around the time of its initial DVD release. It was whimsical and fresh, so I knew I'd have to read the book at some point. Well I finally read the book, and it's quite different from the movie, maybe even more enjoyable.

The fact that Ella and Char have an actual courtship through written correspondence over six months was a breath of fresh air. Be gone, evil insta-love! Not to mention that Char was the one who fell head over heels long before Ella, he was the older (should be more sensible) of the two AND a prince - brilliant! Lucinda in the book was a bit more malicious and purposely ignorant than she came across in the movie. Other than the ending feeling super rushed, the treatment of some of the mythological creatures (like centaurs) bothered me. Overall, a retelling with enough twists to deliver a fun experience for readers.

4 stars

Cinderella was Eleanor (Ella) and Prince Charming was Charmont (Char). ( )
  flying_monkeys | Jan 25, 2015 |
I know, the Carson mansion! ( )
  allygggggg | Jan 10, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060558865, Paperback)

Every child longs for the day when he or she will be free from meddling parents and bossy grownups. For young Ella, the heroine of Gail Carson Levine's Newbury Honor-winning debut novel, this is more than a fanciful wish; it could be a matter of life or death. Placed under the spell of a blundering fairy, she has no choice but to go through life obeying each and every order--no matter what the consequences may be. "If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I'd have to do it."

Eden Riegel (As the World Turns, Les Miserables) uses her youthful, energetic voice to lead the listener into a familiar world of fairy godmothers, wicked stepsisters, and handsome princes. But this imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story comes with a welcome twist. Instead of a demure heroine patiently awaiting a prince who will carry her off, this Ella is a feisty ball of fire with the courage and ambition to take matters into her own hands.

Riegel narrates in a youthful, energetic tone that is perfectly suited to Ella's character. Her voice adds charm and immediacy to a wonderful story already rich with excitement, adventure, romance, and mystery. (Running time: 5.5 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney

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In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

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