By Gail Carson Levine
Another comforting re-read. This was the very first book I read when I started working at National Library School Services. We spent our lunch hours, our commuter time, and a chunk of our evenings reading children’s and YA fiction. It was taking work home with us – but what awesome work!
Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella, with a lovely twist on the tale we all know. Ella was given a fairy gift at birth – the gift of obedience. This proves to be both an annoying and a dangerous gift. And yes, Prince Char , the stepmother and stepsisters are all there, along with trolls, ogres, fairies, and finishing school teachers! Just lovely.
Gail Carson Levine has also written a retelling of Snow White, called Fairest. I am stealing myself up to re-read it. Not because it is bad, but because our erstwhile heroines find themselves in very tricky situations and I feel for them too much! I have often thought that writers of children’s fiction are way better at getting to emotions than writers who write exclusively for adults.
Two thumbs up.