Author: Gail Carson Levine
Length: 232 pages
Series or Stand Alone: Stand alone
Content Appropriate For: Grades 5-8
Format: Paperback from classroom library
Three adjectives that describe this book: fun, amusing, creative
Ella Enchanted is a re-imagined Cinderella. All the elements are there - a prince, a ball, a pumpkin coach, glass slippers, and mean step-sisters. But this version has an entirely different Cinderella. She's feisty and funny and a joy to spend time with. And the fantasy creatures are fascinating - especially the mind controlling ogres!
Ella Enchanted is a Newberry Honor book and was made into a fun movie starring Anne Hathaway:
The added premise of the obedience curse made for a brilliantly woven web of complexity. And I was totally caught off-guard by the level of intelligent-humor in the story. Ella is super-witty, making this book straight-up fun. Of course, by its nature, this story has a central romance and I'm not much for romance. Luckily, both protagonists were intelligent and no one moped around mooning.
Highly recommended for people who like feisty, witty, female-protagonists and creative creatures in a familiar-ish world.