Cinderellis and the Glass Hill

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Ralph said, "Rain tomorrow."
Burt said, "Barley needs it. You're covered with cinders, Ellis."
Ralph thought that was funny. "That's funny." He laughed. "That's what we should call him— Cinderellis."
Burt guffawed.

In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderlla is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, ...

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Overview

Ralph said, "Rain tomorrow."
Burt said, "Barley needs it. You're covered with cinders, Ellis."
Ralph thought that was funny. "That's funny." He laughed. "That's what we should call him— Cinderellis."
Burt guffawed.

In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderlla is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, he does have magical powders, and he intends to use them to win the hand of his Princess Charming— that is, Marigold. The only problem is— Marigold thinks Cinderellis is a monster!

Gail Carson Levine is the author of Ella Enchanted, a spirited retelling of the "real" Cinderella fairy tale and a 1998 Newberry Honor Book. In this fourth of her Princess Tales, Levine brings new life and new fun into a little-known tale and proves that determination, imagination, and kindness can carry the day.

In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060283360
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Princess Tales Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 642,339
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine thinks she can write poetry. Forgive her; the doctors say she’ll be sane again soon. She was born in New York City and shares a birthday with William Carlos Williams. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor. Gail’s other books include A Tale of Two Castles; the New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy Red Hoodie, both illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail and her husband, David, live in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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Ellis was always lonely.

He lived with his older brothers, Ralph and Burt, on a farm that was across the moat from Biddle Castle. Ralph and Burt were best friends as well as brothers, but they wouldn’t let Ellis be a best friend too.

When he was six years old, Ellis invented flying powder. He sprinkled the powder on his tin cup, and the cup began to rise up the chimney. He stuck his head into the fireplace to see how far up it would go. (The fire was out, of course.)

The cup didn’t fly straight up. It zoomed from side to side instead, knocking soot and cinders down on Ellis’ head.

Ralph and Burt came in from the farm. Ellis ducked out of the fireplace. "I made my cup fly!" he yelled. The cup fell back down the chimney and tumbled out into the parlor. "Look! It just landed."

Ralph didn’t even turn his head. He said, "Rain tomorrow."

Burt said, "Barley needs it. You’re covered with cinders, Ellis."

Ralph thought that was funny. "That’s funny." He laughed. "That’s what we should call him--Cinderellis."

Burt guffawed. "You have a new name, Ellis--I mean Cinderellis."

"All right," Cinderellis said. "Watch! I can make my cup fly again." He sprinkled more powder on the cup, and it rose up the chimney again.

Ralph said, "Beans need weeding."

Burt said, "Hayneeds cutting."

Cinderellis thought, Maybe they’d be interested if the cup flew straight. What if I grind up my ruler and add it to the powder? That should do it.

But when the cup did fly straight, Ralph and Burt still wouldn’t watch.

They weren’t interested either when Cinderellis was seven and invented shrinking powder. Or when he was eight and invented growing powder and made his tin cup big enough to drink from again.

They wouldn’t even try his warm-slipper powder, which Cinderellis had invented just for them--to keep their feet warm on cold winter nights.

"Don’t want it," Ralph said.

"Don’t like it," Burt said.

Cinderellis sighed. Being an inventor was great, but it wasn’t everything.

In Biddle Castle Princess Marigold was lonely too. Her mother, Queen Hermione III, had died when Marigold was two years old. And her father, King Humphrey III, was usually away from home, on a quest for some magical object or wondrous creature. And the castle children were too shy to be friendly.

When Marigold turned seven, King Humphrey III returned from his latest quest. He had been searching for a dog tiny enough to live in a walnut shell. But instead of the dog, he’d found a normal-size kitten and a flea big enough to fill a teacup. He gave the kitten to Marigold and sent the flea to the Royal Museum of Quest Souvenirs.

Marigold loved the kitten. His fur was stripes of honey and orange, and his nose was pink. She named him Apricot and played with him all day in the throne room, throwing a small wooden ball for him to chase. The kitten enjoyed the game and loved this gentle lass who’d rescued him from being cooped up with that disgusting, hungry flea.

King Humphrey III watched his daughter play. What an adorable, sweet child she was! Soon she’d be an adorable, sweet maiden, and someone would want to marry her.

The king sat up straighter on his throne. It couldn’t be just anyone. The lad would have to be perfect, which didn’t necessarily mean rich or handsome. Perfect meant perfect--courageous, determined, a brilliant horseman. In other words, perfect.

When the time was right, he, King Humphrey III, would go on a quest for the lad.

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill. Copyright © by Gail Levine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Cinderellis

    Cinderelli's and the Glass Hill is a wonderful book to read if you read Ella Enchanted you will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    An outstanding book

    Cinderellis and the Glass Hill is about a boy named Cinderellis. I think he is brave because he entered a contest to go up a slippery glass hill. There¿s a princess named Marigold and she ahs a cat named Apricot. Read the rest of the book to find out if he wins the contest. I recommend this book to 2nd and 3rd graders. I recommend this book because it makes you feel excited and it made you want to read on! I think people that like fantasy will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    These books are so cute

    These book are really cute. I read this book in a couple of hours. It's about this princess who's father won't let anybody marry the princess unless they and their horse can go up the glass hill. It's a cute story and an easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    the cutest book ever!!

    this book was the cutest book i have ever read. i thought it had a great story line. after reading the book in the libary i went out and bought it for myself. read this book its great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    A Great Book

    Everything Gail Carson Levine touches turns to gold, and this is no exception. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill is a great book (not as great as Ella Enchanted, but still great).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Cinderrelis Rocks

    Cinderellis has two brothers whom don't believe he can make things happen with his magical powders. He wants to marry the princess. I am not giving away the ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Great fairytale

    I own this book and read it from begining to end without stopping the second I got it home. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good fairytale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Great

    This book is a must-read. If you have any other fairy tale book titles that I might enjoy please e-mail me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    cute

    this a cute retelling of the cinderella story.....with cinderella portrayed as a guy!! cinderellis lives with his two mean older brothers......princess marigold doesnt want to get married to whatever man climbs the glass hill......but she likes cinderellis.....can they both get what they want? very cute retelling........i totally reccomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Really cute!!!

    This book was really cute! I love all the little details that made this book so enjoyable! Gail Carson Levine is really creative! I really recommend Cinderellis and the Glass Hill!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    cenderllis and the glass hill is the ...

    best book in the whole world i couldn't put it down i borrowed it 2nd period and finished it at bed time ( not reading in class.) i read everytime i had the chance!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    One of the Best in the Princess Tales Series

    One of Levine's best of the series. With a cool twist on the classic Cinderella. A super book by my favorite author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Wonderful!!!!

    In reading the other tales from the princess series, I must say, that this is one of the best books I have read this year (which is about 50.) It was exciting, it was very good, because I don't usually enjoy omnipresent books, but this one was astounding! The thought of a king building a glass hill to see whom his daughter will marry is proposterous! It is so silly that it is endearing, and sweet. You will fall in love with characters...except the ones you AREN'T supposed to love, of course. It was funny, romantic, cute and endearing, a book for people ages 2 to 200!

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