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Pages: 240

Language: English

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 1st Paperback Edition edition (9 Sept. 2011)

By: Gail Carson Levine(Author)

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ELLA ENCHANTED is a witty, refreshing take on the popular fairytale, Cinderella which preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female protagonist. “If you’ve read HARRY POTTER, try ELLA ENCHANTED” Publishers Weekly

Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift of obedience! but the blessing turns into a horror for Ella who literally has to do what anyone and everyone tells her, from sweeping the floor to giving up a prrecious necklace! She has to battle with ogres and wicked stepsisters, make friends and loose them, and even deny she loves her Prince Char to save his life and his kingdom. The story overthrows the stereotypes of the original Cinderella when Ella breaks the curse – not the prince – saving not only herself, but Prince Char as well. And Ella rejects his proposal of marriage, at least until she decides herself to propose to him! And the curse is only broken because she’s said ‘No!’ rather than ‘Yes!’.
– “If you’ve read Harry Potter, try ELLA ENCHANTED.” Publishers Weekly
– High in Publishers Weekly Bestseller list for several months
– A Newbery Honor Medal winner, 1998

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  • By Miss E. Potten on 27 June 2009

    I bought this on the strength of the glowing reviews on here, especially from people who loved both the book AND the film. I actually found the two to be very different, and on balance I much prefer the film (sacrilege, I know, I know...). Where the film is more of a satire on fairytales (Prince Char has a fan club, his evil uncle is trying to take his place, the fairy godmother's lover is trapped as a magical book), the novel is a far more conventional retelling of Cinderella (with no evil uncle in sight!).Ella has been given a 'gift' by a well-meaning but thoughtless fairy. She has to be obedient at all times. Whether she's being told to wash the dishes or give up her most treasured possessions, she has to do as she's told. When her world falls apart and her vile stepmother and stepsisters find out about her obedience, she realises that the only way to stop this madness - and her domestic slavery - is to find the fairy, Lucinda, and persuade her to take away the gift. So she leaves her home town of Frell and sets off to find her, leaving behind her best friend, her home and her growing romance with Prince Charmont.So far, so different from the movie - but still eminently readable and a sweet story. It's the ending that fell apart completely for me. The film had a gripping, exciting ending that made full use of the compulsive nature of Ella's obedience to create tension and a great climax. The novel just fell quietly into a bland ending which was really disappointing at the conclusion of such a feisty heroine's story. It was perfect holiday fluff, but I don't think I'll be rereading this one. I'll buy myself the DVD instead!

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