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Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
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 at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child." I stopp...  more

So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, 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 spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.

Eden Riegel provided the voice of Young Miriam in the animated feature film Prince of Egypt, and has appeared in the film Into the Woods. Her television credits include recurring roles on New York Undercover, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. On Broadway, she was one of the original cast members of Les Miserables and performed in The Will Rogers Follies.

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ISBN-13: 9781400090594
ISBN-10: 1400090598
Publication Date: 4/13/2004
Edition: Unabridged
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
Don't make yourself think this is a "girl's book". It's not. Every guy I know who's read it liked it.

Gail Carson Levine always leaves you waiting for more. There is nowhere in the book when you can put it down but at the end. The characters are extremely rich- there is much more to them then "good" and "bad". It is one of the best retellings of Cinderella. If you like fairy tale retellings, this book is for you.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a really clever Cinderella-twisted tale - a good read for anyone young, or in between! Gail Levin has a style similar to J.K. Rowling - with wild and crazy thoughts that make you think of the oddities of life and people. Ella is a most enjoyable character. She will stick with you, long after her story has ended.
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Helpful Score: 2
Ogres, fairies, princes, wicked stepsisters, glass slippers, gnomes....this book has it all. A cinderella story with a twist.
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This book was incredible. It was my favorite when I was younger, and has continued to be a favorite. It's comical, adorable, and entertaining. Filled with every element necessary for a proper story, it's simply magical. I've probably read it 25 times. And don't be fooled by the movie, it's nothing like the book. The book is about 5,000,000 times better. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it. :) Not to mention it's squeaky clean, with no profanity or questionable content.
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I had a really good time with this book. I found it to be funny with well developed characters. I enjoyed the spin on the traditional Cinderella story that Levine adds. I found myself worried for Ella and caring that someday she will be able to overcome. I thought she was strong with a personality of her own despite her curse. This is a book I could see myself reading to my daughter in a couple of years.
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This is a favorite story of ours, and the audio book is very well done and pleasing to listen to.