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DOWNLOAD ó Ella Enchanted Þ At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the gift of obedience Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella Instead of making me docile, Lucinda s curse made a rebel of me Or perhaps I was that way naturally When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella s life and well being seem to be in grave peril But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you ll ever read.Gail Carson Levine s examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him Ella Enchanted has won many well deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor. 1.99 Kindle sale, Dec 24, 2017 Charming YA retelling of Cinderella, with some imaginative twists I enjoyed it thoroughly just as good on the 800th read i will reread this book infinity times Have I mentioned I love middle grade Because hey, guess what, I absolutely goddamn love middle grade I feel like I shouldn t say goddamn in a review of a children s book, but also I am still me I still have my brand to look out for, regardless of target audiences A n y w a y This book rules.https emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.coI have a kind of complicated relationship with the movie It has a reputation for being among the worst book to film adaptations, and that is, guess what, totally warranted They re two totally different stories, essentially But uh whispers I guess that s kind of why how I like them both I GREW UP ON BOTH OF THEM OKAY THEY RE BOTH GOOD IF YOU LOOK AT THEM SEPARATELY.Ahem.Anyway I say for the second time.This book, in case you live under a rock that prevents you from hearing about great middle grade adventure retellings of fairytales with feisty female protagonists, is a Cinderella retelling wherein Cinderella just Ella tho has been cursed with obedience She has to obey every command given to her.IT SUCKS.But it double sucks because Ella is a lil badass and totally feisty and stubborn and would neverrrrr listen to anyone if she could help it Unfortunately she cannot But she gets into some fun hijinks and verbal battles and whatnot because of it.There is also Prince Char, who is an absolute BAAAAABE One thing that no one can argue with in the movie is that the movie Char is fine as hell Pro tip picture this for the rest of the review.The HAIIIIIIIR Oh my god.Anyway Three times now Stop counting Char s full name is Charmont, which is just one letter off from Charmant, which is the French word for charming And he is EXTREMELY SO A book boyfriend for the ages and the only man who could ever deserve Queen of Feist Ella.This should be enough to convince you that this book rocks and it is ten years past time for you to read it Amazing badass female protagonist dreamy love interest great well developed romance that starts as a friendship which I didn t mention until this point but now you know adventurey exciting plot curse fairies ogres giants fairytale lands mythical creatures elvin artists Cinderella retelling perfection.Okay, to be fair, I didn t include a lot of that information before now But again now you know.Bottom line This book is like throwing a bunch of ingredients for perfection in a pot and hoping they stick And guess what THEY DO. My daughters have watched the Disney movie Ella Enchanted many times and loved it immensely They are enad by the Disney princess genre, even princesses who do not fit nicely into the company s traditional definition of princess Until last week, I had never viewed the film with them, being that I hardly fit the definition of girly girl myself, often opting for whatever sporting event is in season I enjoyed the concept of a medieval Cinderella who is not necessarily forced to do back breaking work for an evil stepmother but to be obedient to her and whoever else orders her around Seeing the film version, lead me to this Newberry award winning book by Gail Carson Levine At birth, Ella of Prell is gifted by the fairy Lucinda to always be obedient at all costs Growing up, she once had to eat an entire birthday cake, nearly relinquish a toddler gnome to an ogre, and lose friends than she ever made, only because someone had ordered her to do so Unable to tell anyone of her curse, Ella appears deceptive to the world, often times leading her to lead a solitary life As in the traditional Cinderella story, Ella s mother dies when she is fifteen years old At her mother s funeral, she stays out of sight in case someone orders her to do something and she is too sad to be obedient At this trying time in her life, she meets Prince Char of Kyrria for the first time, and he is instantly smitten with her, leading to a lengthy quest of his over the course of the book to win her hand in marriage Although not instantly enad, Ella over time realizes what her curse could do to Char and his kingdom, and seeks out Lucinda to take back this curse once and for all Unlike the movie, there is no shopping mall, protest, soundtrack, or evil uncle and his pet snake waiting to take over the kingdom In Levine s original version we do meet Areida of Ayortha, Mandy the fairy godmother, and Dame Olga and her atrocious daughters Hattie and Olive In addition to them, we meet a traditional medieval cast of elves, gnomes, ogres, and giants All these people and other beings play a role in Ella s curse, making for a memorable book for middle grade readers As a mother of girls, I enjoyed that the Ella in the book is a heroine for all beings regardless of their place in society She is assertive and is not subservient to her prince as the traditional Disney Cinderella is In this modern retelling, Ella alone seeks out to reverse the curse cast upon her by Lucinda, making her a strong heroine character for girls The movie was fun yet Disneyfied, but Gail Carson Levine s book version of Ella Enchanted is a fun, strong read and worthy of its Newberry, rating a solid 4 stars. Feminists often denounce traditional fairy tales because they perpetuate the ideals of a patriarchal society by encouraging girls to behave like proper princesses and wait for charming princes to take charge and save the day In response to these traditional fairy tales, many authors have tried to reclaim the realm of fairy tales for girls These retellings feature active protagonists who are not scared of taking charge and do not need princes to save them One example of this new fairy tale genre is the 1998 children s novel Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, which takes an untraditional approach to retelling the story of Cinderella The novel addresses several specific feminist issues, specifically negotiating and fighting the burden of obedience, the importance of female friendships and, of course, learning to save yourself.The story is set in an imaginary, medieval esque kingdom called Frell A roaming fairy named Lucinda gives Ella the gift curse of obedience at Ella s birth As a result, Ella has to do everything she is told, no matter what harm it might cause to herself or others In the novel, the severity of Ella s curse in constantly underscored with passages explaining how little control Ella has over her own life If someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half, I d have to do it And hopping on one foot wasn t the worst order I could be given If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I d have to do it As the plot moves forward Ella is compelled to leave home to try and find Lucinda and ask her to lift the curse Along the way she also falls in love with Prince Char For varying reasons, depending on the version, Lucinda refuses to lift the curse Further difficulties arise as Ella continues her quest.That s the main body of the story The Cinderella element is relevant mainly to the last quarter of the novel where actual elements from that story the slipper, the ball appear in the story, although the evil step sisters and fairy godmother are present throughout the narrative There are several reasons that I love this novel and recommend it to everyone The first is that it s an imaginative retelling of Cinderella which makes the story exciting for readers familiar with the original version without making it too abtruse for readers who have never heard of Cinderella Also, the book is full of great role models for girls All of the female characters are strong, self aware women things seen far too rarely in the fairy tale genre The novel is narrated in Ella s voice This makes it easy to see how strong Ella is as a character especially at the end of the novel The other great thing about this book is that it all seems authentic, never over the top or under written In addition to creating immensely likable main characters, Levine creates a compelling world within the pages of Ella Enchanted vivid with details ranging from Elvish and Gnomish languages to customs at a Giant s wedding The story is an immensely entertaining page turner that will even better leave readers feeling satisfied when they reach the final scene where Levine ties everything together, artfully blending empowerment with a happy ever after ending fit for a traditional fairy tale Excerpted from a scholarly article I wrote about Ella Enchanted as a book and movie You can read the full article here can find this review and on my blog Miss Print