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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
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Ella Enchanted (1997)

by Gail Carson Levine

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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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    A Pearl Among Princes by Coleen Paratore (Caramellunacy)
    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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My review contains some spoilers.

I read this book because a friend of mine promised it was nothing like the film. I'm very glad she convinced me. Ella Enchanted is a charming tale with just enough action and adventure to balance the gooey bits. Ella is one of the most well-developed and realistic female protagonists I have encountered in fiction. I especially love her linguistic prowess. While I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, I can't give it a higher rating because I felt the author did herself a disservice by coloring within the lines too often. Readers could have done without the Cinderella tropes and story line and the marriage of a fifteen year-old girl is unsettling. However, the reference to characters being non-white was definitely a positive attribute, although it would have been even better if Ella herself had been a PoC. I also praise Levine for her portrayal of the father as being the not-at-all storybook hero we expect. My biggest complaint, though... why the plot hole with the mother's death? Logistically she needed to die in order to advance the plot, but not letting readers know why she did not eat the unicorn hair in order to recover from her illness seems rather sloppy or, at least, needlessly vague. Overall, I intend to hand this book down to any young girls I may encounter who enjoy fantasy.

My younger brother was assigned this book in school and I can now understand why he didn't enjoy it. While the story itself is enjoyable, it would be hard for boys to understand the limitations and expectations of a young woman and it definitely would be hard for most young boys to identify with the patriarchal issues Ella faces. ( )
  hovercraftofeels | Jul 19, 2015 |
When I was younger I thought the 'gift' of obedience was so scary, yet cool at the same time. I loved the movie, and since it's been over ten years since I read the book last I might think about rereading it. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
I keep remembering great YA novels I read a few years back... or maybe more than a few years. This one was maybe fifth grade? Loved it! ( )
  Proustitutes | Jun 11, 2015 |
I read this book during the summer of my 17th year, just around the time me and reading starting our addictive relationship, me being the addictiee and books my, drug, you could say. This book really pulled back the curtain for me. Before that I didn't realize how much screen writer's and producer's change how a book would be translated to the big screen. To say the least, I was sadden and a little angry.

I really like this book, and am still a little shock as to how this book is nothing like it's movie, it has the little things like the "gift" I used that word lightly. But the bigs things like age, how she first met the prince i(It reminded me of Ever After) How her step mother casted a loved spell on her and made her marry an old man! What the hell, right! And how the Gift/Curse was broken.

In all, the writing was good, it was fun, and hit my feels with a baseball bat, leaving me with a ruptured heart of love and anger towards that bitch of a step mother.

I would advise anyone how has seen the movie to read this book. And have your minds blown! ( )
  E.A.Walsh | Jun 11, 2015 |
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is the story of Cinderella with a lot more detail and personal connection leading up to the iconic ball. The story of Ella growing up is fun and light hearted. There are various languages used in the book to help students understand made up words can be used to convey a message. It is a great book to instill prediction all through out the book as well as imagination.

Having the students draw pictures for various scenes in the book would be a fun connection to the story. They could draw the Ogres, or the fairies or the forest or the castle. It gives them many opportunities to practice visualization.
  msmarymac | Jun 8, 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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