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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


Book Summary

At birth, Ella is given the "gift" of obedience, which might not seem so terrible, until someone tells you to hit yourself in the head repeatedly, or commands you to hand over your mother's jewelry. Ella's creative interpretation of some directives is admirably mischievous, and her quest to remove the unwanted curse is a tale worth reading.

Ella Enchanted book cover
Ella Enchanted

Book Review

This is a charming twist on Cinderella, with more richly drawn characters, from the strong, clever heroine, to a prince who is worthy of her, as well as an ugly stepsister you love to hate.

Please believe that the book version is infinitely more sophisticated and worthwhile than the movie, which shares the same title and little else.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Benefits and Drawbacks of Gifts
  • Loyalty / Betrayal
  • Strong Female Characters
  • Fairy Tales

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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