Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)

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How can a fairy's
blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.

In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth 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 anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on April 19, 2011 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0064407055
ISBN-13: 9780064407052
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  • armcginn
    armcginnMonday, June 19, 2017 at 9:16 am55 stars
    Loved this book, it was amazing and enchanting! Characters are magical but seem real.
    • bookqueen1o13
      bookqueen1o13Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm55 stars
      BEST BOOK EVER READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
      • spaced_out_bassTuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm
        One of my all time favorites, and I have read thousands of books! Instagrammer, you MUST read this! It is so awesome!
        • bookqueen1o13
          bookqueen1o13Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:47 am55 stars
          book amazing i read it many times i love midevil books so thats all of gail carson levine
          • darkswan
            darkswanMonday, December 5, 2016 at 1:16 am
            I really like this book
            • kitten7260
              kitten7260Friday, December 2, 2016 at 3:49 am55 stars
              This book is like Cinderella but also different. Ella is a girl who got a "gift" at birth, but really it acts as a big curse around her life. She has to be obedient all the time! Ella soon is upset and takes off on a amazing quest. You should definitely read this book!
              • oreoisslay
                oreoisslayTuesday, November 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm
                I have seen the movie is the book good???
                • bookqueen1o13
                  bookqueen1o13Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:50 am55 stars
                  the movie is way not as good as the book book vs. movie ........BOOK !!!!!!!!!! THE BOOK IS BETTER
                • dictionary
                  dictionaryTuesday, November 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm55 starsFeatured
                  Based on Cinderella, this story has a big difference. More twists and turns! Ella never wanted to be cursed. Cursed to be obedient, that is. You're probably wanting to know how it started. Well, this gift-giver-lover fairy, Lucinda, gave her it when she was first born. Lucinda didn't know how bad the curse would be. The curse effected the way she acted to Prince Charmont. It gets worse when her mother dies. I totally do not like this part. When I read it, I freaked out. It gets even worse when her father marries Dame Olga. Hattie and Olive, two bossy sisters, become Ella's sister. But at the ball, when Hattie reveals who Ella is, Ella takes off. She was suppose to be ''Lela''. That's because Char was not suppose to know her identity. Suddenly, Char demands to see her, so he lines everyone outside. When he finds Ella, the ordering is extreme. Gail Carson Levine made this book more magical then the original Cinderella. This book totally deserved to win a Newbery Honer.
                  • 907smit4
                    907smit4Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                    Wayyyyy different from the movie
                    • smithers2000
                      smithers2000Monday, August 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm
                      Ella is only just born when Lucinda gave her the "gift". Lucinda loves giving these "gifts", and thinks they where wonderful. But to Ella, this gift is more of a curse. It makes her extremely obedient. Everything anyone tells her to do, she has to do it, no matter what. Her mother commands her to tell no one, so when her mother dies, Ella is left alone with her father, and Mandy, the cook. Mandy is then the only other person to know of the curse. But when her father decides to re-marry, Ella's already extraordinary life becomes even more dreadful. This twist on the classic tale, Cinderella, will bring you to Frell in a way only Gail Carson Levine can.

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