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Title: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Notable: Newbery Honor Book, 1998
When Ella is born she is given the “gift” of obedience by a well-meaning, but clueless fairy. No matter the order, Ella must always obey. After Ella’s mother dies, her father eventually remarries and Ella must go to finishing school with her two obnoxious stepsisters, Hattie and Olive. When Hattie gives Ella a terrible order, she runs away so that it won’t have to be fulfilled. Eventually Ella finds her true love and escapes the curse.
This book was so much fun! A number of years ago I watched the movie “Ella Enchanted,” without every having read the book. I thought the movie was really cute, but now I have to say that I like the book even more. As with most books which have been made into movies, the book far surpasses the movie. The character development in the book was much more satisfying.
Ella’s character in the book is just so darn likable! She’s spunky, funny, down-to-earth, affectionate, compassionate, and knows her own mind. Even though she suffers a lot because of her curse/gift, Ella doesn’t give up and keeps trying to exert her own will. Her relationship with Char was very satisfying. It’s deep and meaningful, without any hints at inappropriate conduct between the young people. It’s so refreshing to see a love interest for young people which maintains its innocence. That’s a rare thing nowadays.
I recommend Ella Enchanted to anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale! It’s a unique take on the Cinderella story.
- Some talk about ogres eating people
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
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