A Newbery Honor Award book!
This book changed the way I thought about fairy tales. I didn’t know that they could be this original, this exciting, this… good! Based off of Cinderella, Ella Enchanted is different enough that I actually didn’t realize it was a version of Cinderella until my 2nd re-read. It even has the fairy godmother, pumpkin coach, and glass slippers, although there are three balls like in the original story! And Ella’s curse makes everything make sense. I mean, why would Cinderella stay with her evil stepmother and stepsisters anyway? I would rather run away and get a job or something. Also, the copy in the pictures is mine. I loved it so much, I had to get my own so that I could read it whenever I wanted to.
“For a full three minutes I delayed getting dressed. It was a terrible game I played, trying to break my curse, seeing how long I could last against the need to do as I had been told. There was a buzzing in my ears, and the floor seemed to tilt so far that I feared I would slide off the bed. I hugged my pillow until my arms hurt-as if the pillow were an anchor against following orders.
In a second I was going to fall apart into a thousand pieces. I stood and walked to my wardrobe. Immediately I felt perfectly fine.”
Ella was a young girl who lived happily with her mother. Her life was perfect. Well, almost. At her birth a fairy cast a curse on her: she had to obey orders. Even if she didn’t want to, even if her life was in danger, she couldn’t stop it. Only she could break it. She goes on a quest to break the curse, and learns much about herself and others around her.
I think that the message of Ella Enchanted is if you are determined to do the right thing, you will always succeed, and never give up. Ella has no idea how to break the curse, and no idea where to start, but she throws herself into it, knowing that her life could possibly be in danger. She tries many different things and fails a lot, but in the end she manages to succeed.
I found it at the library. You can find Ella Enchanted on Amazon, which is where I bought my copy.
In Ella Enchanted her cook Mandy makes Ella drink Tonic, a medicine that Ella despises for the texture. I give Ella Enchanted
This book actually got me reading Gail Carson Levine, and was so good that I bought it. I say that the age range is ten to thirteen. I love this book. If you haven’t read it yet, pick it up off the shelf next time you are at the library.