This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.
At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not 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 forever.
This lighthearted fantasy and recent Newbery Honor book re-invents the Cinderella story. "A winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm," said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12.
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I reread this book every year! I have not stopped loving it or gotten tired of it, since I found it in a library as a kid!
I loved this book! It’s kind of funny. Ella does fun tricks. And Hattie is so annoying. I wish I could give her a good talk. But the ending was wonderful! It’s so obvious the prince liked her from almost the beginning of the book. If I’m spoiling don’t read this review 😆😆😆
The best ❤️
It has been over six (6) years since I first encountered and read this book. I borrowed it from the library since I was obliged to go there thrice a week and get a book. I love reading so I didn’t have a problem except the walking in the scorching sun, however since then it has remained my all time favorite book. Silly right a nineteen year old girl with a penchant for literature and the arts who simply adores a fairytale. I have read more books than I can count, I have written realistic stories articles and novels ( all unpublished mind you ) but I still cannot shake this book. Though many may come close ( Trojan war and historical romances ) it is no surprise that I still love a book that helps me escape reality. There is a child in all of us. for me it is more about reconnecting and never truly forgetting my first love. The fist book that wasn’t Harry potter series or Percy Jackson. I first borrowed the book and now with the help of iBooks I can own a copy. The author is brilliant and I will forever view him in that light. ... I could go on but ....