Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

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by Gail Carson Levine
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062253484
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
4,944
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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Ella Enchanted 4.8 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 1082 reviews.
Tifa-sohma More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. The reading level may be low, but the story is still fantastic. It's not like the average Cinderella story, where a ball changes everything, it's an even greater story of determination, courage, and love. I've taken experiences from this book and applied them to my life. The characters are very very well developed and you are able to feel like you are in the story. The twists put on this story make the experience intense and unpredictable. Even if you are an adult I highly recommend reading this book. It's a good read for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone else who wrote reviews on this book just said 'THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!'. I do not agree though. Even though this book is outstanding work and I envy Gail Carson Levine with the passion of a thousand suns for being able to write as beautifuly and wonderfully as this. When you read this book you you are pulled into the story and you are not just reading about Ella and her prince, you are experiancing the story. You're talking with giants and dancing with elves, just as Ella did. Oh yes, one other thing, you are falling in love with a prince......who is in love with you. You won't be able to put this book down, litterally. You will read this book begining to end and you will be depressed to find there are only 3 pages left in the book.....so you read it again. Ella Enchanted is a very lovey book and deserves more attention than it and Gail are receiving. If you find that your life is as exicting as you like it, you don't have to read this. But, if you're looking for adventure, you just found it.
Emma_Lane More than 1 year ago
Don't compare this book to the movie! This book is so much better than the Anne Hathaway film (not to put it down). The story has more depth, and much better character development. I believe that adults could enjoy this book, even if you didn't find the movie to your liking. Give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVE this book! No matter your age, you will LOVE IT!!!!!
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is family friendly and it is one of the best - if not the best - fairytale books for girls ever. I have shared this book with many friends and now it is also a favorite of theirs. This has been my favorite book as long a I can remember! I suggest this book to any girl who loves a good Cinderella story. This is by far Gail Carson Levine's best work and it can not even be compared to any of her other books!
piratesweetie More than 1 year ago
This is one of the BEST BOOKS I have had the pleasure to read. I bought this at a book fair in elementary school. I can't tell you how many times I have read and reread this book. It never loses its magic, no matter how many times you read it. Ella is extremely witty and funny. The book is hilarious, it will make you cry, the romance is 5-star--what more can you ask for from a book? This book will not leave you wanting--a definite CLASSIC. P.S. The movie did not do the book justice. It was cute and everything--but in my opinion they should have kept the concept closer to the book. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ella is the main character of the story and when she was born, she was cursed with the "gift" of obedience. Having this gift was very dangerous because others could make her do whatever they please, and Ella would have no control over it. She lived with her mother and the cook, Mandy. Her mother died when she was 15. Ella's dad, Sir. Peter, was a trader and was rarely home. It was now her, Mandy, and her dad. Ella was called "clumsy" because of her fairy feet. Her dad sent her away to boarding school with Dame Olga's daughters Olive and Hattie. Hattie figured out Ella's curse and used it to her advantage and later on in the story she told Olive and her mom. They attended finishing school and Ella ran away to go to a giants wedding to find Lucinda. On her way home, she was greeted by elves. And after that she was captured by ogres which tried to eat her. But then Prince Charmont and some knights saved her by tying up the ogres. Ella then returned to the wedding and found Lucinda. She didn't cure her curse. Ella then returned to Frell. Dame Olga and Sir. Peter get married because Sir. Peter's business failed and he needs to become rich again. Later on, a ball is thrown for the homecoming of Char and Ella goes to it as a masked girl named Lela. Char becomes friends with Lela. Hattie takes off Ella's mask on the third night of the ball and Char sees that she is actually Ella. She runs home to Mandy and they are about to leave when they are greeted by the prince. Char asks Ella to marry him and Hattie says "Don't marry him Ella" and she was forced not to marry him. But Olive said to marry him as a command and Ella refused. She told Char that she couldn't marry him because she was cursed and she would put him in danger. And at that point she realized that she broke the spell and she ended up marrying Char. This whole story was about Ella facing what she had to deal with every day of her life and overcoming her curse. Something I really liked about the book was the different languages that were made up in the book. One dislike about the book that really annoyed me was Olive, because she used Ella to her advantage for money and someone to talk to. I think people should read this book because it was enjoyable and I got hooked on it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ella Enchanted is SUCH a cool book! I didn't even know it was based on 'Cinderella' until I read about it on this website! The author, Gail Levine, did a wonderful job with this masterpiece! She writes so you believe that ogres and dragons and faries are real. And Ella is such a cool person! She's not always perky and smiling like Cinderella, but she has real feelings, and is a genuinely nice person. And she doesn't just meet the prince once and fall in 'love', but has a friendship that leads into their love. All in all - Get it!
unitedbooklover More than 1 year ago
Amazing book....I would recommened it to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved and reread this book countless times since I was eight, and, judging by the other reviews I've read, so has everybody else. This book is filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity, all told from the point of view of a main character who is spunky, intelligent, and utterly likeable. A brilliantly written and engaging story.
Dymontgo More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 4th grade, many many many years ago. But I still remember the tale like it was yesterday. This was the first book that I absolutely, unequivocably fell in love with. I don't know how many times I went to my school library to check out this book but every single time, I cried and I cheered. This book is a wonderful WONDERFUL book for young girls and I would recommend it to any child.
lc84 More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely good. It was humorous, smart, fun, and had a touch of romance. This book about over coming some of the things holding you back could be extremely inspirable to some children. If they cant read themselves, it would be a great story to read to you little princess, family bonding and happiness. This book is not only a book, the movie is also out there too, and though very different it still has the same inspirable movement to it. This book is great for people all ages who like a good book, but it is probably put more to 4-10 year old girls, but read the book its fantastic! If you want to read an amazing story about so great accomplishments, this will be a perfect book for you, not only are there accomplishments, but adventure, danger and love, absolutely amazing. This book though, will probably not be as liked by little boys, or boys for that matter, but if you have a little princess in your world, or a little princess inside of you, read this book, you'll absolutely, positively love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book when I was in elementary school.
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
They say this book is for ages 8 to 12, but I do not believe them. It's hard to outgrow this book. It's amazingly written. I cried in parts. Other people have tried to write a story about Cinderella. None are as good as this. You can read it again and again. All my friends who have read it love it. I highly recommend this book. If you don't read it, it's your loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ella Enchanted is the best book I've ever read because,it made me fell like I was Ella, and always had to obey. I also liked how the author gave a lot of detail, but not too much that it got boring.
T-A More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time. It is a classic tale fleshed out to paint the portrait of an independent, admirable protagonist on a quest through a magical world. I have read it countless times, even as an adult, and it still engrosses me. This book turns the traditional "damsel in distress" character on its head, giving you a strong, courageous, determined young woman who saves herself and her loved ones at the same time. It is an eloquent illustration of the old adage, "you can do anything if you put your mind to it." Gail Carson Levine's Newbery Medal was rightly deserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ella Enchanted" is lovely retold version of Cinderella, even down to the glass slippcers and orange pumpkin carriage! The heroine, Ella, is cursed with a "gift" from a foolish fairy when she is born. She journeys to find the fairy and to end the curse once and for all. But, she doesn't intend to fall head over heels in love with the dashing Prince Charmont along the way. Will she be able to find Lucinda, the fairy who cursed her? Will she be able to escape the wrath of her cruel step-mother and step-sisters? Wil she finally be able to marry the prince she loves? This book was and stiil is an excellent read. The way Levine has written this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I have, time and time again, enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I thought it was so good I wanted to read it a million more times. The book is about a girl named Ella, and how she has to break a curse. This girl lost her mother when she was young, and yet more trouble came along time after time. It is another Cinderella story. Sometimes I feel like Ella. She always feels trapped and unable to be herself because she has to do what she is told. The difference is I get a choice. I loved the book and thought it was amazing. It was wonderful and it can help you learn a lesson if you read between the lines. If you read it, you will fall in love with it. I fell in love with this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes fairytales. I hope you will love it to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I thought it was so good I wanted to read it a million more times. The book is about a girl named Ella, and how she has to break a curse. This girl lost her mother when she was young, and yet more trouble came along time after time. It is another Cinderella story. Sometimes I feel like Ella. She always feels trapped and unable to be herself because she has to do what she is told. The difference is I get a choice. I loved the book and thought it was amazing. It was wonderful and it can help you learn a lesson if you read between the lines. If you read it, you will fall in love with it. I fell in love with this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes fairytales. I hope you will love it to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ella Enchanted was a wonderful book. But do not take advice from me, every book I read, I say, 'Oh, how romantic and wonderful! I love this book! It is now my favorite!' And it is the same with this book. I did not even think this was a Cinderella story until I got to the very end. It goes soo much deeper than Cinderella. It is more true than the fairy tale. Ella doesn't just fall in love with the prince, and automatically get stepsisters, and make the prince fall in love with her. Everything happens gradually. I have read this book at least 3 times, and I am looking forward to reading it again. I extremly love the romance that goes on between the prince and Ella. It is so obvious that they are right for each other. If only love was really that way. As for Ella's curse, it made me respect her more. If anyone feels the same way about this book, and loves to talk about books, please contact me @ my e-mail address.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS VERY WELL WRITTEN. THE AUTHOR HAS A GREAT IMAGINATION AND THIS BOOK ENCHANTED ME. I THINK I HAVE READ IT OVER 20 TIMES AND I STILL COULD READ IT AGAIN AND STILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!YOU SHOULD READ IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the greatest! Once you start reading it, you can't put it down! Its exciting from the very start! Read this book if you havent already! It's SSOOOO good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book ever since I was a young girl. It takes the fairytale of Cinderella and adds lots of new twists on to it. It is a novel about the courage of a young woman who can overcome it all for true love. True love's power here though is a picture of great sacrifice. This adventure of a novel shows the struggle and power of goodness in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to get this book or at least read a sample