Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ella Enchanted

Image credit:
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997.

Annotation: Ella has been given the “gift” of obedience where she has no choice but to obey any command, which might put herself and others in danger, especially if enemies find out.

Book talk:
Many parents probably want their child to be obedient. But is full obedience truly a good thing? That is what Lucinda the fairy godmother seems to think because she gave Ella the gift of obedience. The trouble is Ella has to do anything that is a direct command, even if it means putting herself or others in danger. What is Ella to do? Can she live with her “gift” of obedience? In order for Ella to find out, she goes on many adventures, dealing with stepsisters, fairy godmothers, ogres and a prince in the process. 

  • Newbery Honor Book
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (Vermont)
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
  • California Young Reader Medal
  • Iowa Teen Award
  • Arizona Young Readers’ Award


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