Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

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In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1997
ISBN: 9780060275105
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 232 pages ;,22 cm


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cmlibrary_areid Jun 07, 2018

Technically it's a J fiction but I had to include it.

A reimagined story of Cinderella, where Ella is cursed with obeying every order she receives. It is complete with an evil stepfamily, a handsome prince, and a fairy godmother, but is an incredible read for so many more reasons!
Interest Level: Middle Grades and Up Fountas-Pinnell Level: R

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A childhood favorite of mine. Ella Enchanted has enchanted my family's library for years and years. (Pun intended)
It's a VERY good book, and while the movie is also good too (in a weird/funny way) there is so much more you can learn by actually reading it.

Aug 08, 2018

Ella Enchanted, a book written by Gail Carson Levine, is a great book that the movie does not do justice to. When Ella is born a fairy gives her the "gift" of obedience. I say "gift" because it meant she would be always forced to obey anything anyone would tell her to do. Her mother has died and her father, not knowing about the curse, is strict and eventually remarries another woman with two daughters. There is much more tp the story, but to find out you'll have to read it. I like the part about the curse because it explains why she would have to work for them and do whatever they say. (5 out of 5 stars)
- @Redibis of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LPL_PeteF Jul 10, 2018

I’ll get this out of the way first: Ella Enchanted is a little dated, especially regarding gender roles. And on a slightly different note, for a Cinderella re-telling, I wanted not only the plot to be remixed, but the power structures as well. HOWEVER, Ella Enchanted is worth reading, especially for readers looking for a book with a dynamic, well-thought-out, lived-in world. I especially enjoyed Levine’s ogres, who can read minds, and the giants, who, in a nice twist, are not evil, but in fact well-mannered, thoughtful creatures.

The crux of the plot revolves around Ella. As she puts it on the novel’s very first page, “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…the fairy touched my nose. ‘My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient.’”

This “gift” raises obvious problems for Ella. She tries to keep her curse a secret, however it inevitably becomes known to several not-so-nice characters, seriously hindering Ella’s home, social and love life. Her step-sisters, especially Hattie, are two of the most evil characters I have ever encountered in any book. Ella, on the other hand, is a plucky, resourceful character few readers will have a hard time rooting for.

From start to finish, Ella Enchanted is a consuming read. Even the more problematic elements are good starting points for fruitful discussions about relationships, romance, love, consent, and even social hierarchies. Why does everyone want to marry the prince? Why exactly is Ella so appealing to him? And what of the ending? Are we happy with it?

Get in your nearest pumpkin coach and come check out this book (unless, Ella, you don’t want to – this isn’t an order).

DBRL_KrisA Jun 22, 2018

A cute little fairy tale, a retelling of one of the classics with a few new twists.

I haven't seen the 2004 movie with the same title, but from what I've read and seen online, although it's based on the book, it's quite a bit different. So, if you've seen the movie, read the book for a story that's a bit more like a classic fairy tale!

May 31, 2018

This book is awesome! Very well written and great for all ages.
I recommend that if you have read the book and loved it, don't watch the movie, the movie does NOT follow the book accurately.

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

I first read Ella Enchanted around age 11, and I literally got up out of bed so I could go and finish reading it because I needed to know how it ended. I have since reread it many times, and I still absolutely love it.

coffeebookie Nov 09, 2017

I liked this fairy-tale mostly because of the characters. All the female characters have their own personalities, but none are helpless. The broad range of temperaments including evil, quirky, ordinary, clever and resourceful, make the characters interesting and engaging. The magical elements add some mysterious twists. Very playful and charming!

Aug 31, 2017

Astoundingly wonderful! I read this some time ago, and I can still remember how great it was. Gail Levine really put a twist to the old fairy-tale everyone knows. I can't say enough how superb this is. You must read this!

Apr 05, 2017

full of surprises and twists. one of Gail Carson's best books.

Feb 13, 2017

I think this book was great, but maybe for older readers. There were a few mature scenes, and younger kids might find it a bit confusing. However, this book had a lot of positive messages, and I think it is very good.

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sarag1 Nov 19, 2016

"'You needn't be Ella if you don't want to be."

Jul 08, 2016

"From now on all giants should elope," Cyril challenged. "You'll see what the heart loves."

Aug 05, 2014

From behind me, Hattie shrilled, "Go to your room this instant. I command you."
I ignored her, but Char pulled away.
"Why won't you marry me? Why not, if you love me?"
"I'm cursed. You wouldn't be safe if I were your wife." What was I saying? I hadn't told anyone about the curse since I was eight. Mother had forbidden it. Had someone told me to?
No one had. Then why....
My thoughts wouldn't settle.

Aug 06, 2012

"The meaning, mama is that Ella does whatever she is told.I don't know why, but she does."
" Really?"
Hattie nodded.
" You mean she would have listened to me too?" Olive said.
" Clap your hands three times Ella." Mum Olga commanded. I clutched my skirt and stiffened my hands at my side.
" It will take a moment." Hattie said. "She tries not to. See how red her face is?"
I clapped.

Dec 31, 2008

Dear Ella,
Impatience is not usually my weakness. But your letters torment me. They are playful, interesting, thoughtful, and (occasionally) serious. I'm overjoyed to receive them, yet they bring misery. What I really long to know you do not tell: what you feel, although I've given you hints by the score of my regard. You like me. You wouldn't waste time or paper on a being you didn't like. But I think I've loved you since we met at your mother's funeral. I want to be with you forever and beyond, but you write that you are too young to marry or too old or too short or too hungry. You would charm Father, and Mother too. They would be yours completely. What a beautiful bride you'll be, whomever you marry at whatever age. Today I cannot write of Ayortha or my doings or anything. I can only post this and wait. Love (it is such a relief to pen the word!), love, love-- Char


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Aug 08, 2016

Ella Enchated is a book about a girl named Ella. Given the curse of obedience at her birth, Ella must find a way to end it. Through her mother dying, her father remarrying, going to finishing school, becoming bestfriends with the prince and many more, Ella must ALWAYS be obedient. As she finally ends the curse by saving her country she finally finds freedom.

Jul 28, 2016

A funny and inspiring twist on the classic European Cinderella story

Aug 06, 2012

The book Ella Enchanted is about a girl called Ella who is cursed with obedience. If you told her to drown herself she would have to do it. This book shows us how Ella manages to stop the dreadful curse that is cast upon Ella.


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