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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (original 1997; edition 2004)

by Gail Carson Levine

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Title:Ella Enchanted
Authors:Gail Carson Levine
Info:HarperTeen (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1997)

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Ella is given the gift of obedience when her fairy godmother visits her as a baby. Ella sees this as a curse because now she must do everything anyone tells her to do. ( )
  morganlasher | Apr 21, 2017 |
This might be the best book I have read in this current semester (though I should say, re-read, as this was one of my favorite books growing up), and that's saying a lot as I have read quite a few wonderful books for this class alone. Levine just knows how to write in a way that immediately immerses you into a world, whether you are a long time fan, or a new reader.

One aspect I love is the relationship between Prince Charmont (a play on the French word for 'charming') and Ella. Levine is able to better flesh out their relationship over the course of a year or two, rather than a chance encounter, which gives them both a certain depth that the original Cinderella lacks. It is noted that Char found Ella's mother delightfully funny, and within Ella, sees the same joy in life that she had. This is best characterized by their share love of sliding down stair banisters: “No one is here," Char said. "You need resist temptation no longer." "Only if you slide too." "I'll go first so I can catch you at the bottom." He flew down so incautiously that I suspected him of years of practice in his own castle. It was my turn. The ride was a dream, longer and steeper than the rail at home. The hall rose to meet me, and Char was there. He caught me and spun me around.” It is a whimsical moment, but it showcases the idea that the best, healthiest relationships are built on a sense of joy from each other.

The second aspect I absolutely loved is the concept of the various languages, and giving Ella a gifted tongue (in the original fairytale, we know very little of the main character. Ella is able to free herself from the ogres by imitating their dialect. She comforts a small dwarf child by repeating a phrase she learned from a parrot, and she befriends a wonderful foreign girl over their mutual love of the girl's home language. This love of language, and of learning new culture, is showcased in a moment when she says goodbye to Char: “ahthOOn SSyng!" I said. "That's farewell." "It sounds evil." "It is," I answered, and we parted.”

There are multiple messages: embrace new cultures, find love in friendship, love yourself--all intertwined in the relationships and experiences Ella has with Char, her friend from boarding school, and her encounters with the magical creatures of her world. ( )
  StephKiefer | Apr 18, 2017 |
I liked reading this book for many reasons. First of all, it is a fun book for children to read. Fantasies are always enjoyable for children to read about. One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book was because of the fictional plot. For example, it includes characters like elves, giants, and fairies. She is given “the gift of obedience” which, in Ella’s eyes, is a curse because she must do everything she is told to do. She almost results in killing her true love, until she breaks the spell and is not obedient of her orders to do so. Another reason I like this is because of the main character Ella and how she always has to be obedient. I feel as though all children can relate to this because they have to obey their parents, teachers, etc. The plot and main idea overall though teaches that you should not obey something that you know is wrong, no matter what anyone says. This is a wonderful book that is engaging for many children to read.
  ChristySchultz | Apr 18, 2017 |
This was a very charming book to read. This even more fantasy-laid version of a Cinderella story was hard to put down. I thought that the point of view, first person of Ella, was a good choice. It really added something to the story, almost as if reading it from a diary, it was more personal, like when Ella is having an internal struggle between her love for Char and her need to be obedient due to the curse, the words "Then I lost sense of all of it. I went on rocking and crying, but my thought burrowed within, concentrated in a deep point in my chest, where there was room for only one truth: I must save Char" are more emotionally stimulating when coming as a first-hand experience. In addition, although it's not exactly the same point of view as Ella's, the magic book that her fairy godmother, Mandy, gave Ella brought insight into the minds of other characters. This was helpful to the plot line, for example, when Ella is wondering about how Char feels about her and gets a glimpse into her her friend Arieda's diary entry. It talked about how Char asked about Ella and Arieda defied his thoughts (at the time because Ella wanted him to think the worst of her) and spoke only good things about Ella. This part gave Char doubt about Ella as he then knew because Ella was being painted in a kind light (what he originally had thought about her as well). The other reason I really enjoyed this book was the plot- it was suspenseful and fast-paced, which made it really easy and engaging to read. All of a sudden Ella goes from having a wonderful life and being with her mother, to being practically an orphan and being treated very poorly and unfairly by her new "family" who take advantage of her curse. It was especially suspenseful, but organized, when Ella goes to the ball for the 3 nights and interacts with Char but as someone else (as it is a masquerade-type ball). The last night at the ball when Ella is alone with Char outside and he is saying he has vowed never to marry, Hattie rips off Ella's mask and Char realizes its been her the whole time. Ella escapes and runs home to go back to being a maid before her stepmother and stepsisters get home and Char comes to seek her. The last couple of chapters went by really fast and were so exciting! The moral of this story, I think, is that you should always be yourself and be true. The story could've been a lot different if Ella gave up fighting against her obedience curse and just acted as if she really were some worthless person that her step-family would have her believe. ( )
  LauraGraziano | Apr 17, 2017 |
I loved the main character Ella and her strength throughout the novel. Readers see how strong she is when she tries to mask her curse of obedience by waiting a while before doing what others ask or escaping school to find Lucinda and break her curse rather than doing nothing about it. I liked Ella's selflessness when she rejects Char's proposal for the sake of the kingdom even though she knows that she loves him. I also liked the genre of the book and how it included magical creatures like ogres, fairies, and elves. The big message of the story is perseverance and the ability to overcome anything that one puts their mind to. ( )
  KelseyHernandez | Apr 17, 2017 |
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Cetta, AlTypographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elliott, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riegel, EdenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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