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Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

Bella at Midnight (edition 2006)

by Diane Stanley, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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Title:Bella at Midnight
Authors:Diane Stanley
Other authors:Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Info:New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Collections:School or Public Library, Fiction, Your library
Tags:Stanley, historical fiction

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Too much of a mish-mash of different fairy tales and character backstory. Part way through I started thinking that the bindery has accidentally inserted signatures from a different book, except the design was the same; eventually the story came together but it was very forced. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
Another twist on Cinderella. This retelling uses multiple voices to tell the story and manages to incorporate the glass slippers, a ball and the importance of midnight in an interesting story. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 23, 2013 |
In this fractured fairy tale we follow Bella through her magical life. Born to royalty, Bella is sent to live with her wet-nurse but the events that follow show us that when Bella finally returns to her fathers' house, how she is not welcomed. This tale brings together the equal partnerships we expect of romantic relationships together with a better backstory to how her stepmother is such a wicked woman. Taking cues from Joan of Arc and other magical events, Bella's adventures lead her to her Prince and the happily ever after. This chapter book is an enticing story for those interested in new takes on fairy tales. ( )
  shookrl | Dec 5, 2012 |
Bella at Midnight is a fictional book about a young girl who is born to a crazy father. Her mother dies during childbirth and Bella's father blames her for the death of her mother. The girl is taken away as a foster child and lives as a peasant. She falls in love with a boy but he is taken away as part of a peace treaty. At this same time, Bella's father requests that she come back to live with him and his new wife and her daughters. Bella misses the life she lived as a peasant where she was loved. This book is a good choice because it is the appropriate length for students this age and it can also be used for comparing and contrasting because it is very similar to Cinderella.
  mgcook1 | Nov 9, 2011 |
Bella at Midnight is the story of a girl, who is shunned by her knight father after her mother's death, and sent to be raised by peasants. There she befriends Prince Julian, who as the grow scorns her for being a peasant. She is later brought back into her father's house when she is older, but hates it there. In the end, she rescues not only her prince, but her country, another country, and one of her step-sisters. The story combines many classic elements from fairy tales, nobility as a peaseant, wicked step-family, magic rings, glass slippers, and the Worthy Knight. The story is set in a medieval world and all of the elements fit into the world. The story follows the struggles of Bella, but isn't just told through her voice. Stanley uses other characters to tell the story and manages to keep the reader from being confused. The story is easily followed and ends in the way just about every fantasy does, "Happily Ever After". Bella is a stereotypical modern fairy tale heroine. She is perfect in just about ever way, never hates anyone or is mean to any one, and is will to die to save the people she loves. I would recommend this book to a 4th grader or higher. It is a good fantasy book for anyone who likes to see a heroine instead of a hero. ( )
  sbigger | Mar 14, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060775750, Paperback)

Bella has grown up thinking that she was just a simple peasant girl. But suddenly, Bella's world collapses. First, her best friend, Julian, betrays her. Then she finds out that she is, in fact, Isabel, the daughter of a knight who abandoned her in infancy. And now he wants her back. Bella is torn from her beloved foster family and tries to accept her new life with her deranged father and his resentful wife. But when she finds out about a terrible plot that threatens the kingdom, she sets out on a journey that will lead her to a destiny far greater than she could have imagined.

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Raised by peasants, Bella discovers that she is actually the daughter of a knight and finds herself caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life and the kingdom forever.

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