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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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There are a couple of reasons as to why I enjoyed this book. First, It's the retelling of Cinderella that makes this story so appealing. Second, this book is full of positive role models for girls. The female characters are all strong, smart, and loaded with confidence. Often, you do not find female characters this way, so it's a good read when characters have good morals.

This book pushes readers to think about how the only person who can save yourself is you. Teaches readers to go out and find the strength within you to make that positive change. ( )
  mwatki5 | Oct 20, 2016 |
How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head!

But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after.
  Sara1211 | Oct 18, 2016 |
Read and loved this as a kid, loved it all over again as an audiobook. The narrator has a little-girl voice that took a few sentences to get used to - it's a bit higher-pitched than I had imagined Ella's voice in my head - but it wasn't squeaky and she did the other voices well too (Prince Char, elves and gnomes and ogres). ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 12, 2016 |
This book is one of my absolute favorites!!! It's (obviously) a retake on Cinderella, but different enough from the original story to be interesting. It's full of humor, and adventure, and romance, and everything that makes a book good, all woven together perfectly. The characters are all quite believable, and Ella is very relatable(To me, at least.) I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes juvenile/ya fantasy, and I'd probably recommend it anyway to the people who don't. :P
NOTE: If you watched the movie, wether you liked it or not, without reading the book; please, please, for the love of fish fingers and custard, READ IT!!! ;) ( )
  theliteraryelephant | Aug 11, 2016 |
This story is sort of like Cinderella because a young girl is left to the mercy of her step mother and step sisters. Ella was given the gift of obedience from her fairy-god mother and then has to seek her out to reverse the gift in order for Ella to find true love. Along the way Ella encounters fairy's, ogre's, and other challenges.

I loved this book I really love fiction and fairy tale creatures and action.

1. Discuss what could be real and what is impossible in fiction books.
2. Have a discussion on the proper way to treat other people.
  FrancisWills | Jul 25, 2016 |
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Elliott, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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