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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), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 288 pages
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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1997)

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A decent retelling of Cinderella. I love the obedience curse that is put on Ella by the fairy Lucinda. It frustrates Ella so much that she becomes somewhat of a discipline problem, pulling pranks on people to get back at them. It's impossible for her to disobey any order. Of course, this becomes a huge problem when her father remarries. Since he is away on business all the time, it's easy for her stepmother to turn her into a servant. Then there's Prince Charmont, who takes an instant liking to Ella's quirky, clumsy ways. As expected, the stepsisters try desperately to keep them apart.

The only thing I don't like about the story is the encounter with the elves and trolls when Ella runs away from finishing school. It interrupts the flow of the story and isn't necessary. The troll language also interrupts the flow. Without those scenes I would have easily given a 4 star rating. There is also more competition since this book was written. My favorite fairytale author is [a: Liesl Shurtliff|6448210|Liesl Shurtliff|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1507133749p2/6448210.jpg]. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
This is a rather free adaptation of Cinderella, free enough that much of the time it's hard to recognize the original fairy tale underpinning the story. It attempts to explain Ella's almost psychotically obedient behavior through most of the tale, and in the process produces an interesting and charming story.

When Ella was born, a more than usually disconnected fairy godmother gave her the "gift" of obedience, and not all the pleading and explanations of Ella's mother or other fairies could persuade her to remove this terrible gift. Over the course of her childhood, Ella gets very good at manipulating the limits of the curse, but when directly ordered to do something specific, she has to do it. This includes handing over her most treasured possessions to her hated new stepsisters after her father remarries, or hopping on one foot for an entire day, or cutting her own head off.

The foolish fairy, Lucinda, continues to pop in at inopportune moments, giving the very practical and money-minded Sir Peter (Ella's father) and his new wife Olga the "gift" of always loving each other, and very loving giant couple the "gift" of always being together, and other benignly-intended curses. Meanwhile, since Ms. Levine doesn't buy the idea of Ella and Prince Charming falling in love at first sight across a crowded dance floor, they meet for the first time at Ella's mother's funeral, and build a closer acquaintance over several years. And Ella, being a decent, kindly, friendly girl, makes other friends, at the boarding school she and her hated stepsisters are sent to (where the elder stepsister makes a virtual slave of Ella, having accidentally discovered her secret,) and among the elves and the giants when in desperation she runs away from school, hoping that her father, who doesn't love her, but does grudgingly admire her strength of character, will help her find the fairy and get the curse lifted, or at least not send her back to school.

It's a pleasant and interesting variation on Cinderella, with a serious attempt at making the courtship between the merchant's daughter and the prince somewhat plausible. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
This Cinderella story is great. Levine solves the great annoyance in the fairy tale (why doesn't Cinderella stand up for herself?) by placing Ella under the curse of obedience - she must always do what she is told. Can she break the curse and create a life for herself? Appealing characters, good plot, and great writing. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
I love this classic retelling of Cinderella. This book sort of explains why we always see Cinderella just following orders all the time. It's a different take on the story of course, which makes it fun to read and discuss with students.
When Ella is "gifted" (cursed) to "always obey" she is forced to grow up always doing anything she is told. This story is fantastical complete with prince charming and evil sisters who take advantage of this "gift" of Ella's. She eventually is able to break the curse, but everything leading up to that point is exciting and adventurous. ( )
  norwaykate | Jul 11, 2018 |
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Levine, Gail Carsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cetta, AlTypographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elliott, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riegel, EdenReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary 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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