Ella Wood

Ella Wood

by Michelle Isenhoff

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511619813
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 891,802
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for teens, tweens, and kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She's also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned multiple Readers' Favorite 5 Star seals of approval. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use. More recently, she has enjoyed writing historical fiction with a touch of romance for older teens and women.

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Ella Wood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year old Emily Preston desires nothing more than to further her passion for art by attending University. However, in 1860's South Carolina young ladies are not permitted to think, much less do such an outlandish thing. Society's conventions do not stop Emily from trying to live her dream and she enrolls in an art course by mail correspondence. While she is determined to become a professional artist, her heart discovers that she is drawn to two men who are fighting for both her attentions and her heart. She is also discovering that her Southern world, its' rules, and views of slavery are not as innocent and acceptable as they were before her trip to pro-abolitionist Detroit. With the nation on the brink of Civil War and the future of the country at stake, will Emily continue to pursue her dreams as an artist or will she decide to follow her feelings and pursue a future with one of her handsome suitors? Can she follow her heart while her conscious begs her to reevaluate her Southern family, home, and way of life? Michelle Isenhoff''s first novel in the Ella Wood trilogy is a wonderfully written and engaging book. Even though it is written for teens I found it immensely enjoyable and could not put it down! I even purchased the Candle Star Trilogy which introduces us to Emily at age 14 while she is banished from her family to Detroit for being willful, stubborn, and incorrigible...not the traits of a young Southern Belle! I finished that one in 2 days as well! It was very funny to see the earlier, tantrum-throwing version of the young Emily Preston! I highly recommend Ella Wood and also The Candle Star!
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
As far as my reading for pleasure goes, I got my start with young adult historical fiction about America’s past while I was still a young adult, with novels by Ann Rinaldi. Ella Wood by Michelle Isenhoff took me back to that same brand of enjoyment, and the story grew on me as I read. Emily is no perfectly angelic protagonist. It’s her independent thinking, her ambition as an artist, and her gradually shifting views on slavery in the South (the very institution her family and the society around her depends on to maintain their way of life) that make her a compelling heroine, particularly through the way her gift as an artist informs her thoughts on humanity, and vise versa. There’s a richness in her growth in character over the course of the book, intertwining well with the brink and onset of the American Civil War. I haven’t an absolute dislike of love triangles in novels, though when the romantic involvement and displayed affection between one party and both of his/her love interests is essentially equal, the alternating back and forth between the relationships isn’t something I can quite wrap my mind around or get into, as turned out to be the case here. The third-person narrator uses identifiers for characters such as “the black woman” or “the colored girl” a good deal more than, say, “the white boy” or “the white woman,” which could inadvertently undermine the story’s message on human sameness just a tad. Also, I was admittedly disappointed to find the story end with a total cliffhanger. I personally feel more “cordially welcomed” and thus inclined to read the next book in a series when the preceding book has a natural conclusion, one that may leave inviting promise for a continuation, than when the story simply cuts off. Again, though, I enjoyed this read overall, particularly after hitting around the halfway mark, which pretty much became the “unputdownable” point for me. ______________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book through a notice from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this one down. I'll definitely recommend it to my daughters and my students.