Reviewed By: Jennifer Jordan
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Gail Carson Levine
Class/Genre: Fantasy Fiction Juvenile
1998, Trophy Children's Fantasy/8 & Up - 240 pages
This charming and delightful book retells the tale of Cinderella in a fresh, humorous and meaningful way. It is the same heroine with a twist of spunk and an insistence upon rescuing herself. Gail Carson Levine turns a classic upside down with her Newbery Honor-winner debut novel.
"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 to you is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying child.' And she did. But the curse that was intended to make her docile, fuels the fire of an intelligent, resilient and feisty girl. With the death of her mother, Ella's absent and apathetic father sends her off to finishing school with two very selfish, very loathsome girls who discover her secret and use it to their advantage. Ella is left with no choice but to find the fairy responsible for her cursed state. She meets elves and ogres, finds her fairy godmother and a prince but she must look to herself for release from the evil spell.
I adore this book. I purchased it as a gift for an eight-year old girl and was absorbed by the tale within the first page. The lessons contained within it's pages are affirming and told in a rich, amusing manner.
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