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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (1997)

by Gail Carson Levine, Gail Carson Levine

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    Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Beauty and the Beast rather than Cinderella, but another enchanting retelling of a fairy tale with a strong female protagonist.
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    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (infiniteletters)
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    The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (Maiasaura)
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    The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (infiniteletters)
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    Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley (Bonzer)
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    Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson (Aerrin99)
    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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    13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (infiniteletters)
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    The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook (infiniteletters)
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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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    Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman (meggyweg)

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Ella defies her stepmother by attending the ball where she and Prince Charming fall in love. But during the engagement as she’s living at the palace, she finds that just because a fantasy comes true doesn’t mean it’s satisfying. She’s waited on hand and foot, and is trained in what she considers useless subjects. She realizes she no longer loves the prince, that it was all an infatuation, and her declaration to the prince that she won’t marry him lands her in the dungeon while the prince’s advisers hope she breaks down and gives in. She doesn’t, plots her escape and runs away to assist at a refugee camp run by Jed, one of her tutors and the only one of two friends she had at the castle. An interesting look at what real love is all about.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A cute retelling of Cinderella, except this heroine is a feisty little thing. The only part which annoyed me was the languages of the mythical creatures that Ealla could understand. Otherwise, an enchanting story for younger readers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
A cute retelling of Cinderella, except this heroine is a feisty little thing. The only part which annoyed me was the languages of the mythical creatures that Ealla could understand. Otherwise, an enchanting story for younger readers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
Ella Enchanted is a delightful fairy tale inspired by Cinderella. When Ella is born, a fairy bestows upon her the gift of obedience. Ella must obey any command that is given to her. It is soon evident that this gift is a curse that could be used against Ella and those she loves. Ella tries to resist the spell, but in the end she always has to obey. This was a fun book to read. It is a fairy tale with a strong heroine that stands up for herself despite the hardships she endures under her curse. I liked Ella and Prince Char and found myself looking forward to the happy ending that usually comes with these types of stories.
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  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Ella is the beloved daughter of Sir Peter and Lady Eleanor of Frell. Unfortunately for Ella, however, at her birth she was given a special gift by the fairy Lucinda – obedience. What Lucinda didn’t realize is that her gift was potentially a serious curse. Ella has to do anything she is ordered to do, whether to “smile” or to “throw yourself off the cliff.” You know the basic story line – stepmother and odious stepsisters, the prince’s ball, etc, so I won’t recap further.

What I find refreshing about Levine’s story is that Ella is a strong-willed, resilient, resourceful and independent young woman. She’s also kind and loving – truly a good friends. Yes, she’s lovely. And, yes, Prince Charmont is handsome. But what draws them to one another is their complimentary personalities. Their relationship unfolds over months, not just over one dance. I also like how Levine plays with language, going so far as to invent several new languages for the various communities (elves, ogres, other countries). I’d definitely recommend this for the 9-and-older reader.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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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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