Ella Enchanted

Title: Ella Enchanted

Author: Gail Carson Levine

IBSN: 0060275103

Publisher: Harper Trophy

Copyright Date: 1997

Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale

Reading Level: 5th grade

Interest Age: 9 yr. +

Challenge Issues: N/A

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: Gail Carson Levine was born in September 17, 1947.  She was born in New York. She initially did not know what she wanted to do as a career. She attended New York’s City College where is studied philosophy and earned her Bachelors degree.

Levine wrote several books for children and young adults. Her first book was Ella Enchanted. She received a Newberry award for the book and it was made into the movie. Other books include Dave at Night and The Wish.

Plot Summary: Lucinda, Ella’s fairy godmother, placed a curse of obedience on Ella and Ella must do whatever she is told. When her father dies, he remarried a woman with two daughters, both of whom find out about the curse and abuse it. Ella falls in love with Prince Char, but feels that she cannot marry him, but of her curse. After Prince Char commanding her to marry him, she replies no and in doing so breaks the obedience curse. Prince Char and Ella marry and live happily.

Critical Evaluation: This book was a good book recommendation from a teen. I enjoyed reading it.

Reader’s annotation: Will a fairy godmother’s curse keep Ella from marrying her prince?

Book talk ideas: This fantasy brings a modern twist the typical fairy tale. Instead of been a damsel in distress, Ella is illustrated as strong female character who is trying to fight against the odds to get her happily ever after.

Why did you include this book?: This book is a fractured fairy tale classic. Teens enjoy reading fairy tales.

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