How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?
At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of 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 and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.
In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.
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Levine plays her debut expansion of the Cinderella story as a straight...romance, sloughing off its layers of Freudian symbolism and creating a lively, stubborn heroine to keep the action tumbling along...This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twist...Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted | See more reviews from Kirkus
Levine ably creates tension between the good and evil characters, throwing in an assortment of ogres, elves and gnomes. Young readers will be charmed by the budding romance between Ella and her prince and touched by her crippling fear of hurting the prince via the curse.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
The story of Cinderella has been told and retold many times over the ages, but Gail Carson Levine has imagined yet another way of telling the fairy tale to a new audience.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
As finely designed as a tapestry, Ella’s story both neatly incorporates elements of the original tale and mightily expands them, not only with the myriad consequences of the curse but also with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers’ hearts.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
Ella is not your typical fairy tale girl. She thinks for herself. She does not wait for the arrival of the fairy godmother to save the day. She takes matters into her own two hands. Ella Enchanted is a chapter book for tween and teen readers. It is a fast-paced, adventure book.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
Like the movie, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is a wonderful book for kids and adults. The story has a definite fairy tale feel, but it goes beyond the original Cinderella story with quirky characters and a strong female lead, one who doesn't wait for her prince to save her. If you're a fantasy or fairy tale reader, this one is a must!Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted is an enchanting re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. It has been written for modern youngsters and features easily relatable and energetic characters, magic, romance, humour and expertly-timed twists. An enthralling read and perfectly suited for ages 9-15.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
Above all, though, what I loved about this book was Ella herself. She’s smart, determined, extremely funny, sensible, and not at all willing to be manipulated...I was especially happy that even though the story has a so-called traditional fairy tale ending, things happen in a way that very much allows Ella to remain her own person.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
I read this book several years ago, and thought it was a very clever retelling of Cinderella...my favorite part of this fairytale retelling was Ella herself – the smart, spirited and stubborn heroine, who puts the needs of others before her own and rescues herself in the process.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
I liked this book because I could really understand which characters were saying what... My favorite character is Olive because she is really funny. In the end of the book it was a lot like the Cinderella story; I wish wasn't, but I still liked the book. I saw the movie Ella Enchanted and thought the book was much better.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
There are several reasons that I love this novel and recommend it to everyone. The first is that it’s an imaginative retelling of Cinderella...The story is an immensely entertaining page-turner that will (even better) leave readers feeling satisfied when they reach the final scene...Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
The novel is probably aimed at a slightly younger age group than I usually read...but it is every bit as enchanting as I had been promised...it touches on some moral themes that are complicated enough to keep older readers engaged. Sacrifice, love, and determination are all recurring threads that hold the story together.Read Full Review of Ella Enchanted
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