Traditional Thursdays: Ella Enchanted by Shaakira Parker

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For Traditional Thursdays, I chose Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This chapter book was one of my favorites growing up. It won the Newbery Honor award in 1998, and was made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway in 2004. Gail Carson Levine gives a fresh take on the Cinderella fairy tale. Ella of Frell is cursed with the gift of obedience at birth by Lucinda the fairy. She goes through life having to do whatever she is told to do by her evil stepmother, step sisters, and her father. However, Ella resents every moment of it, and finds ways to get revenge against them or annoy them. Gail Carson Levine manages to create a character who is witty and clever, and does not need a prince to save her. On her many adventures, I found myself laughing at Ella’s antics, and found her character very relatable to girls of every age. I love this book because the basic message of it is a girl coming of age trying to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life, amidst other people telling her what to do and who she should be. 

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