“Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Book Reading
“Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

Back of the Book:

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

Gail Carson Levine’s examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.

From Publishers Weekly:

This lighthearted fantasy and recent Newbery Honor book re-invents the Cinderella story. “A winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm,” said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Pages: 232

Published: 1997-01-01

Format Read: real book

[xrr rating=4.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that it is yet another twist on Cinderella.

The very best thing about this book is how interesting the twist is. A perfectly obedient child that rebels as best as she can until she finally breaks the hold of the curse. I’ve seen the movie countless times (and love it) so I was expecting the characters to be a bit older, but I’m thrilled with the book and, naturally, I love it more than the movie. Except for the music. This book didn’t come with an awesome soundtrack like the movie. O_o


This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.

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