Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1997

Plot Description:
            Ella is an obedient child.  Not because she wants to be, but because she HAS to be.  Under a spell since she was born, she has no choice but to obey any command put to her, whether it’s putting her dish away or chopping off her own head.  This book is the story of how Ella lives with her curse, and how her realization that some curses can be broken, you just have to have the right motivation.

            A book about fairy tales, growing up, and making sacrifices to protect the ones you love.  Ella Enchanted is a fantastic book about the pains of doing things you must, and making choices in order to live your life.  Ella is a intelligent and strong young woman who undertakes a quest to break herself of the curse of obedience, rather than waiting around for someone to do it for her.  Along the way she finds friends who are there to help her, and meets a Prince who would do anything to marry her.  She learns that it takes true character to sacrifice her own happiness for the ones she loves, and what it takes to break a curse.

Genre: Fantasy

Reading level: 7th Grade

Similar Books: Ever, Caddie Woodlawn

Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- A great fantasy book with a love story for any girl
Subjects/themes- Fiction, Fantasy, Love Stories, Fairy Tale
Awards- Newberry Honor Book, 1998.
Character names/descriptions-
            Ella- Cursed with obedience, headstrong and ready for adventure
            Char- The prince who falls in love with Ella, and is willing to do anything for her
            Mandy- Ella’s nursemaid since childhood, and her fairy godmother
            Lucinda- The fairy who gave Ella her blessing/curse!
Annotation: What would you do to get rid of a curse that made you obey every command you were ever given?

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