- Reading level: 8 - 12 years
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (2 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064407055
- ISBN-13: 978-0064407052
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,23,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery) Paperback – 2 May 2017
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At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent 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 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, trying 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've 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. (Ages 9 to 14) --Emilie Coulter
“As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers’ hearts.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))
“A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
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Ella and Charmonte's love is so adorably cute, but my eyes brimmed over at the climax all the same!!!
"My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child."
As a child, I loved reading fairy tales, but with time it occurred to me that fairy tales usually dispirit women and expect them to behave like a typical princess and someday a prince will save her from misery. Ella Enchanted is a re-telling of Cinderella, and the book perfectly captures some essential elements; the story includes glass sandals, the ball, the pumpkin, an evil stepmother and her two daughters (Hattie and Olive).
I enjoyed reading this enchanting story. The female lead- Ella is strong-willed, funny and intelligent which makes it different from any other classic fairy tale. The best part I liked about Ella is how she manipulates the order and use it to irritate the other person. In this, the author emphasizes on love, friendship and tells you that it's okay if you are like a baby elephant and not as a princess. The relationship between Mandy and Ella is very spellbinding and how their friendship grows when they both try to undo the curse vested upon her. Also, the characters in this book are though magical but relatable, and the story perfectly captures that nobody is perfect and every person has a flaw in them, which makes them different from the rest of the world.
The story is very fast-paced and this being a children fantasy book, the writing style is very marvelous. I adored the concept of letters and the know-it-all magical book. I believe the main progress in this tale is made through them.
Dear fairy godmother, my only wish is that I'd read this book sooner.
The only issue I have with the book is the ending which I feel is a bit disappointing and cliched. I enjoyed the entire book, and there were some instances which made me laugh, but I think the author could have done better in the end.
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The premise is the same, a good meaning fairy bestowed a terrible gift on a child to be ever obedient. Sure it seems like a good idea except there is no single person that Ella has to be obedient to, anyone can give a command and she has to follow. It wasn’t too bad growing up, since she was treated well but after the death of her mother others found they could boss her around too and that is when Elle finds herself in a pickle.
This is a cute tale where Elle must save herself from the ‘gift/curse’ if she is ever going to have a normal life. All she needs to do is find that dang fairy who bestowed it on her.
It’s a play on Cinderella with a twist and short enough that it was an easy read. This is one of the few instances that I enjoyed the movie version a little more. But as light fairytales go it was fun.
Introduction of the obedience spell was easily my favorite new aspect to the story, leading to a rather interesting plot of Ella trying to break the curse by finding Lucinda, the fairy who cast the spell on her. More so then that, it provided really entertaining and interesting internal dialogue as she struggled to fight against the curse, ultimately failing each time. Lucinda herself is also a really entertaining character, one of whimisicalness and lack of fore thought. I'm a sucker for characters who have good intentions, but only seems to bring harm.
As it should be, the best character in the book is Ella, honorary mention going to her dad who was cold as ice yet had something about him that pulled you in. With Ella you have a spunky young girl who just wants to be able to live her life without being told what to do. Her interactions with others as well as the internal struggle I mentioned above, are just fun to read. I particularly liked how Char and her acted around each other. It never felt forced, their enjoyment of each other culminating in love made sense, if with a slant towards them both being young.
Books definitely worth checking out if you want a new take on an old tale. I know it's made me want to buy and read Fairest as soon as I can.
Top praise: the relationship between Ella and the prince, Char, is developed over a long time, so none of the “fall in love at first sight” crap that so many tales lie to our children.
Besides that’s, it’s written very well, the world is thoroughly explored, and the characters have depth. Great book, probably most suited for pre/teen girls, but can be enjoyed by all ages and genders.