Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Age Range: 8 and up
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 19, 2011)
Rating: 5 of 5 stars.
That fool of a fairy
Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift.
When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were
her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy
touched my nose. “My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient.
Now stop crying child.”So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella
of Frell who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda’s gift and
feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to
herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on
one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom – and she’ll have to
Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked
stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella’s spirited account of her quest
to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an
unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.
About the Author:
Gail Carson Levine grew up in
New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for
children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other
books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book
for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six
Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture book Betsy Who
Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail, her husband, David, and
their Airedale, Baxter, live in a 1790 farmhouse in the Hudson River
Valley of New York State.
I loved this book! Although the narrator sounded a little too young to
play Ella, I thought she did a wonderful job of bringing life to the
story. My kids even enjoyed listening to the book even though
they are much younger than the target audience.
I am an official sucker for fairy tales, but it’s no wonder when I read
books like this. It was such a cute story. If you like fairy tale
retellings, you will enjoy this. It is for middle grade and young YA and
is perfectly clean.
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