Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: she gets the gift of obedience! But the blessing turns into a horror for Ella who literally has to do what anyone and everyone tells her - from sweeping the floor to giving up a precious necklace!
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|Library of Congress
||Obedience, Juvenile fiction
||Young Adult Fiction
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ELLA ENCHANTED is a witty, refreshing take on the popular fairytale, Cinderella which preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female protagonist. If you've read HARRY POTTER, try ELLA ENCHANTED Publishers Weekly Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift of obedience! but the blessing turns into a horror for Ella who literally has to do what anyone and everyone tells her, from sweeping the floor to giving up a prrecious necklace! She has to battle with ogres and wicked stepsisters, make friends and loose them, and even deny she loves her Prince Char to save his life and his kingdom. The story overthrows the stereotypes of the original Cinderella when Ella breaks the curse -- not the prince -- saving not only herself, but Prince Char as well. And Ella rejects his proposal of marriage, at least until she decides herself to propose to him! And the curse is only broken because she's said 'No!' rather than 'Yes!'. -- If you've read Harry Potter, try ELLA ENCHANTED. Publishers Weekly -- High in Publishers Weekly Bestseller list for several months -- A Newbery Honor Medal winner, 1998 -- SHORTLISTED WITH hARRY pOTTER IN jULY FOR THE aMERICAN mYTHOPAEIC aWARD (dIANA wYNNE jONES WON).
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||Levine provides a winning combination of memorable characters & and alluring fantasy realm that will leave readers with hopes of future tales of Ella and Prince Char A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale. Now room must be made for Levine's superbly plotted and thoroughly enjoyable retelling of the Cinderella story
||Lucinda is that rare thing, a foolish fairy. She bestows gifts that prove to be an intolerable burden. At Ella of Frell's christening she gives the baby the gift of total obedience: 'If someone says to me hop on one foot for a day I have to do it' Ella explains when she's older. The author has elaborated inventively on the Cinderella story and expanded it into a novel that will appeal to anyone from eight years onwards. If you enjoy seeing heroines getting into trouble with ogres, being humiliated by a greedy stepmother, misunderstood by a pompous businessman father or endlessly obeying the commands of two very ugly sisters, then this book will appeal. After amazing adventures, Ella falls in love with a Prince who shares her passion for sliding down banisters. Ella's fight against the curse which forces her to give away her inheritance, repel the Prince's advances and generally make life impossible for herself and easy for her enemies adds up to a very good page-turning read, and the fact that the framework is borrowed from an ago-old folk tale gives us the comforting feeling that it is sure to end happily. It does! (Kirkus UK)
||Levine plays her debut expansion of the Cinderella story as a straight - well, nearly straight - romance, sloughing off its layers of Freudian symbolism and creating a lively, stubborn heroine to keep the action tumbling along. Lucinda, an extraordinarily foolish fairy, bestows on baby Eleanor the gift of obedience, condemning her to a childhood in which she's compelled to follow every order, no matter how casually given. By the time she is a teenager, Ella has perfected the art of turning any imprecision in a command back on its giver. With the help of her fairy-godmother-cum-family-cook, Ella keeps her curse a secret; along the way she is sent off to finishing school with the cruel daughters of her simpering stepmother-to-be, launches a fruitless quest to beg Lucinda for release, and falls in love with Prince Charmont (and he with her). She derails their courtship, realizing what a danger she would be to him, but can't pass up a last chance to see him. From that point, the story follows its traditional course, with masked balls, pumpkin coach, and glass slippers. When the prince entreats her to marry him, Ella fights an agonizing internal battle and, driven by love, breaks the curse at last, delightedly screaming refusals over and over before melting into his arms. This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous mists and a spunky, intelligent female lead. (Kirkus Reviews)
GAIL CARSON LEVINE GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY AND HAS BEEN WRITING ALL HER LIFE. IN HIGH SCHOOL, HER POEMS WERE PUBLISHED IN TWO ANTHOLOGIES OF TEENAGE POETRY. SHE AND HER HUSBAND, DAVID, COLLABORATED ON A CHILDREN'S MUSICAL THAT WAS PRODUCED BY A THEATRE IN BROOKLYN. TODAY, SHE, DAVID, AND THEIR AIREDALE, JAKE, LIVE IN A 2OO-YEAR OLD FARMHOUSE IN BREWSTER, NEW YORK.