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ISBN13: 9780064407052
ISBN10: 0064407055
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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.

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In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Synopsis:

You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far more spellbinding…

Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil kings land and made to do his bidding. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold. Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left—a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorses story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby and the kingdom.

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Rowanna’s stern caretaker, Mellwyn, has warned her again and again not to go near the trees that surround their seaside cottage. But Rowanna is drawn to the forest—especially the HighWillow on its faraway hill. Are the trees really forest ghouls, as Mellwyn says? Or could they possibly hold the secret to Rowanna’s past and the mother she can hardly remember? If only she could get near the High Willow, Rowanna feels certain she would understand. . . .
       With its timeless forest setting and charming, whimsical characters, Tree Girl is a perfect introduction to fantasy for young middle-grade readers, from a true master of the genre.

About the Author

Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Dave At Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and her Princess Tales books: The Princess Test, The Fairy's Mistake, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, For Biddle's Sakeand The Fairy's Return. She is also the author of the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash.

Gail, her husband, David, and their Airedale, Baxter, live in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley.

In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in New York City. In elementary school I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry. I didn't want to be a writer. First I wanted to act and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister. In college, I was a Philosophy major, and my prose style was very dry and dull! My interest in the theater led me to my first writing experience as an adult. My husband David wrote the music and lyrics and I wrote the book for a children's musical, Spacenappedthat was produced by a neighborhood theater in Brooklyn.

"And my painting brought me to writing for children in earnest. I took a class in writing and illustrating children's books and found that I was much more interested in the writing than in the illustrating.

"Most of my job life has had to do with welfare, first helping people find work and then as an administrator. The earlier experience was more direct and satisfying, and I enjoy thinking that a bunch of people somewhere are doing better today than they might have done if not for me."  

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Home School Book Review, July 1, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Ella of Frell is fifteen years old and lives with her father, Sir Peter, and mother Lady Eleanor, their cook Mandy, and other servants in the kingdom of Kyrria, ruled over by King Jerrold and Queen Daria, who are the parents of Prince Charmont (Char). At her birth, the foolish fairy Lucinda gave Ella the gift of obedience, but it turns out to be a curse because she must automatically obey every order given to her regardless of what it is, whether hopping on one foot for a day or even chopping off her own head. After Lady Eleanor dies, Sir Peter marries the odious Dame Olga, who has two equally odious daughters, Hattie and Olive. Then her father promptly leaves on a business trip. In the meantime, Ella and Char have fallen in love, but Ella knows that she can’t marry him while under the curse, so she goes on a quest, encountering ogres and giants, in order to break the spell. Will she succeed? Or will the Prince find another bride?

Ella Enchanted, which was a Newbery honor book in 1998, is Levine’s take on the traditional Cinderella story, giving her own explanation of how the heroine came to have a wicked stepmother and stepsisters, ended up becoming a servant, and is finally chosen by the Prince. One could see the book as making fun of the traditional vows of brides to “love, honor, and obey” their husbands. Or one could view it simply as showing that obedience doesn’t, or shouldn’t, necessarily reduce a person to mere chattel slavery. Each reader will have to decide that for himself. There are references to drinking wine, brandy, and ale. And, of course, whenever you have princely balls, you are going to have mention of dancing. In 2006, Levine went on to write Fairest, a retelling of the Snow White story, set in the same world as Ella Enchanted.

The plot of Ella is presented in an interesting way, though it will probably appeal much more to little “princesses” rather than little “princes.” It is easy to read, and I basically enjoyed it, but like several others, I thought the book really couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a hip “modern day fairy tale” or a traditional medieval-type story. It seems to bounce back and forth almost willy-nilly between the two moods. While it is not a bad book, I have to wonder why it was chosen for a Newbery Honor award. The reason is probably that, as one reviewer called it an “examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales,” it presents “a spunky, intelligent female lead” that is quite in tune with the modern feminist ideal. A movie was made in 2004 that was very loosely based on the book, and some people expressed the opinion that the film was less disjointed and confusing than the novel, though it is quite different in many respects.
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karitas, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by karitas)
Charming book. Creative retelling of Cinderella. My daughter loves this book and made me read it :)
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judithbstar, April 13, 2009 (view all comments by judithbstar)
Not your average fairy tale. Ella Enchanted is the one book that takes Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and all the lovely tales from our child hood and gives them a refreshing twist. It was the first book I ever chose by my self in elementary school and it is still one of my all time favorites here 10 years later. This book will make you laugh, cry, and Fall in love with all its wacky charming characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064407052
Author:
Levine, Gail Carson
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Yolen, Jane
Author:
Barron, T. A.
Author:
by Gail Carson Levine
Author:
Carson Levine, Gail
Author:
by Gail Carson Levine
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Newbery honor
Subject:
Young Hoosier book award
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Number:
paper
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
107-253
Publication Date:
20110419
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by , In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
"Synopsis" by ,
You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far more spellbinding…

Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil kings land and made to do his bidding. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold. Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left—a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorses story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby and the kingdom.

"Synopsis" by ,
Rowanna’s stern caretaker, Mellwyn, has warned her again and again not to go near the trees that surround their seaside cottage. But Rowanna is drawn to the forest—especially the HighWillow on its faraway hill. Are the trees really forest ghouls, as Mellwyn says? Or could they possibly hold the secret to Rowanna’s past and the mother she can hardly remember? If only she could get near the High Willow, Rowanna feels certain she would understand. . . .
       With its timeless forest setting and charming, whimsical characters, Tree Girl is a perfect introduction to fantasy for young middle-grade readers, from a true master of the genre.
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