Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

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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.

Title:Ella Enchanted
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780590920681
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    Ella Enchanted Reviews

  • emma

    just as good on the 800th read----i will reread this book infinity times.----Have I mentioned I love middle grade? Because hey, guess what, I absolutely goddamn love middle grade. (I feel like I shoul...

  • Emma

    Feminists often denounce traditional fairy tales because they perpetuate the ideals of a patriarchal society by encouraging girls to behave like proper princesses and wait for charming princes to take...

  • Brina

    My daughters have watched the Disney movie Ella Enchanted many times and loved it immensely. They are enamored by the Disney princess genre, even princesses who do not fit nicely into the company's tr...

  • Wren (fablesandwren)

    This book is so hard for me to review because I love every single thing about it, but hate every single thing about that bloody movie.Like seriously, who decided to only use the names and the curse an...

  • Caz (littlebookowl)

    Such a cute story, it was a lot of fun!...

  • Cara

    Now I know why people made such a fuss when the movie came out. I watched the movie first, so I had no idea how utterly wrong everything was. It totally is not like the book. Just slap on the names an...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1), Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted published in 1997, has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor. At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an impru...

  • Kat Kennedy

    Ella Enchanted is like a koala. A big, soft, cute koala.And if you mess with it, it'll use it's big, sharp, not-so-cute claws to tear your face off.Seriously.It's just a cute little fairy tale for tee...

  • Anne

    ❌ My advice to you: The movie and the book are two very separate and different things. So when you start reading this book, don't compare it with the movie. Don't even think about the movie at all w...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    $1.99 Kindle sale, Dec. 24, 2017. Charming YA retelling of Cinderella, with some imaginative twists. I enjoyed it thoroughly!...