Just Ella (Palace Chronicles Series #1)

Just Ella (Palace Chronicles Series #1)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Overview

Just Ella (Palace Chronicles Series #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Being a princess isn't all that....

You've heard the fairytale: a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after...
     Welcome to reality: royal genealogy lessons, needlepoint, acting like "a proper lady," and -- worst of all -- a prince who is not the least bit interesting, and certainly not charming.
     As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her newfound status, she comes to realize she is not "your majesty" material. But breaking off a royal engagement is no easy feat, especially when you're crushing on another boy in the palace.... For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk -- and no ladylike behavior allowed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439115411
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Series: Palace Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 332,610
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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Just Ella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER! I was 9 when I read this book and I couldn't put it down. This book made me realize that I love to read spinoffs of fairytales. This book makes you feel like your in the book. I reccomend this book to girls 11 yrs and up if you love to read if not 14 years and up. Also another book by Haddix that is well written is Palace of Mirrors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Its mainly about a girl who thinks life will be perfect once she marries Prince Charming. WRONG! Ella is a great character who shows that you dont need magic to make your happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read a long time back. Reread it a few times definitly a favorite. I'm 24 now and still like this retelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved this book! I reccomend it to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ella from ella enchanted( except she doesnt have a fairy godmother) is engaged to prince charming. She realizes that his love is a show and tells him that she doesnt want to merry him. He reveals his true self and puts her in jail untill she comes to her sences about the subject. She digs her way out wih the help of her servant friend and reunites with her tutor who is helping the sick from the war. She realizes who she realy loves... This is a great book! I couldnt put it down! Very well written! I hope Mrs. Haddix writes a sequal! And soon! Oh and i there is one please inform me and title your review to bella123! Thanks, Reader :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. It is about ella a poor girl who goes to a ball and dances with the prince. She ends up becoming the princess but learns she dosnt like that kind of life. This is a great spin on the origional cinderella story. Also by haddix i reccomend double identity and uprising. (Pardon my spelling) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this princess cinderalla remix! I just didnt like the ending. Well i liked ut i just eish it was longer!!!!! Really good overall!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really interesting at first and the main plot was simply marvolous. What would happen to cinderella if the happy ever after was a hoax? I thought the first hundread pages were very good but the end didnt capture me at all. No real feelings were shared with the prince , ella, and sorry-i-forgot-his-name ellas tutor u might say i guess. The end i found was very tedious waiting for something to happen when she escaped (spolier) and i ended just skipping pages with the same old event. I thought this was okay-but-good-as-well but i wouldnt stop u from buying the book except for SOME BORING PARTS i dont regret reading just ella.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
When Ella attends the royal ball and wins the affections of Prince Charming, it should be a dream come true. All of the other pining girls in the kingdom of Fridesia certainly think so. When Ella is whisked to the palace for her engagement, it should be the perfect happy ending. But life in the palace isn't what Ella imagined. Instead of being welcomed and accepted Ella is subjected to countless lessons on etiquette and manners, genealogy and protocol. Ella is told how to dress, how to behave and where to go at all times. No matter what she does, it seems that Ella is wrong or committing some grievous faux pas. All of that might be bearable with Prince Charming beside her. But after their whirlwind romance at the ball, Ella is beginning to realize that Prince Charming's beautiful face isn't hiding inner depths. In fact, it isn't hiding much at all. Ella got herself to the ball and into the palace. She'll have to trust her instincts and ingenuity again to get herself out in Just Ella (1999) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Just Ella is the first book in Haddix's Palace Chronicles series which continues with Palace of Mirrors and Palace of Lies. Just Ella is an original retelling of Cinderella that considers what might come after the typical happily ever after ending of the fairy tale. While Ella though marrying Prince Charming would be her dream come true she finds it hard to reconcile the luxury and rigidity of palace life with the common sense she developed while working as a servant for her step-mother and step-sisters. Although Ella is a teenaged character (and getting ready to marry) her narrative reads much younger making Just Ella a book with crossover potential for middle grade and young adult readers. Colloquialisms in the dialog and Ella's modern sensibilities also led this story a fractured fairy tale vibe as the original fairy tale is bent and twisted to a more modern atmosphere and tone. Just Ella is not always a ground-breaking story--the plot and themes here will be immediately recognizable by any fans of "anti-princess" tales--but Ella has her own charms as she struggles to make her own happy ending. Worth a look for any fairy tale readers and especially fans of retellings. Possible Pairings: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, A Well-Timed Enchantment by Vivian Vande Velde, Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The only problem i noticed was the ending. It left me with so many questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the authors twist on Cinderella ( also known as Ashpuddle). Please enjoy this amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u have read all of the books this is ufor u: Palace of mirrors is the BEST!!!!!!!! Better than Just Ella trust me!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing was good but the ending needed a little help and the story was not well devolped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cinderella's after story is not this:She married and became a qwean. There were some secrets. First Prince Charmings a frod. Now Ella will tell it all. When meet Ella you know shs differntt. You will love this heart warming story. In Ella's words. This is not good for kids that are 6 years olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For christians and nonchristians but really BEST BOOK EVA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovelovelove
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Ghfchxhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ellas character she is such a fighter and believes in many of the same values of me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Really really liked it and as soon as i finished it i went and told all my friends they just had to read it. ;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get to met the author
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