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This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not 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 forever.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on May 2, 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0064407055
ISBN-13: 9780064407052
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  • 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
      • swirlycool
        swirlycoolTuesday, 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.
            • lovinganimals
              lovinganimalsSaturday, June 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm55 stars
              I loved this book and I recommend this book for people who like enchantment!
              • hermioneslaying
                hermioneslayingSaturday, May 28, 2016 at 7:57 am55 stars
                Do you love fairy tales mixed with fun and adventure?Then get your popcorn cause your in for a surprise.This book is like Cinderella but mixed with fun and adventure.Ready to see more surprises that will blow your mind?You can learn how to speak Gnomic.AMAZING. Summary:When Ella of Frell was born a very foolish fairy named Luicana gave her the ''gift of obedience''.Ella must obey any command somebody says like kill your friend or chop her own head! But Ella is a strong-willed person who wants nothing more than to get rid of her blessing or gift which is more like a curse.She goes on a quest,encountering ogres,giants,wicked step-family,and handsome princes.She would do what it takes to break the curse and live happily ever after.My favorite part was when she broke the curse and married Prince Char.This book is amazing and this amazing heroine will win your heart.And it has lots of humorous twists no wonder this book won the Newbery Honor.
                • lovelyneo
                  lovelyneoWednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm
                  I feel sooo hpppy that ella was able to get rid if the curse if she kept it I would've got mad. My favorite part is how she got to marry Char (Charmont).
                  • bookqueen1o13
                    bookqueen1o13Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:54 am55 stars
                  • Vivian Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:59 am
                    This book is amazing!!!
                    • sushi321
                      sushi321Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:29 am55 stars
                      I love this book. To me, it was the entire backstory to CinderELLA and why she obeyed her stepmother and stepsisters. And why her father married a horrid woman. I recommend this book.