Ella Enchanted is a Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine that reinvents the story of Cinderella. Ella of Frell is cursed at birth by a fairy named Lucinda with the "gift" of obedience, which forces her to obey any command, whether it be to hop on one foot or to betray her kingdom. Following the death of her mother, who commanded her not to reveal her secret, Ella befriends Prince Charmont and endures the remarriage of her father to Dame Olga, whose daughters Hattie and Olive soon learn of the curse and take advantage of it. When the three are sent to boarding school, Ella quickly escapes to find Lucinda and have her lift the curse. Along the way, she encounters gnomes, ogres, giants and Char's growing affection. When she realizes that she feels the same way for him, Ella must reconcile her curse if she is to live happily ever after.
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- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+
Includes magic, a kidnapping by people-eating ogres, and a parent's death.
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