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Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted | Gail Carson Levine
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How can a fairy'sblessing be such a curse?At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all. In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.
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25. #Enchanted

Such a cute funny movie with a very young Anne Hathaway ❤

Eggs Ah yes - a sweet story 🧡🥰💕 4d
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I.be.Stef
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I‘ve watched the movie more times than i can count. In fact, it was a huge part of my childhood. But it was only recently that I found out it‘s an ACTUAL BOOK! 🤯

From all the modern retellings of fairytales, this author‘s twist on a classic fairytale is my favorite. The protagonist is simply wonderful. She‘s smart, tenacious and witty. You can‘t mess with this Cinderella. 🙌🏽💯

Rating: 4.5/5
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I.be.Stef Book description: At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate...

Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.
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Auntynanny
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I really like how Gail Carson Levine finds new ways to tell classic fairytales. I loved Ella's spirit and strength.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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This is one nostalgic reread that definitely holds up! If you like MG/YA fairy tale retellings and haven‘t read this classic, go for it.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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One of my book clubs picked this for May. I haven‘t read it since I was a kid but knew I would enjoy going back to it. It‘s a delight all over again!

Just_reading It's always interesting rereading a book because you end of noticing things you missed the first time! 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Just_reading I think I‘ve forgotten too much to notice things I missed the first time 😅 6mo
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Gissy
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Book was supposed to be read for #MarchMiddleGrade readathon (YouTube) prompt-retelling (what counts is that I read it. One book less from my tbr👍). The movie adaptation is so different from the book but I enjoyed both of them. You will find some elements from the popular Cinderella story but this Ella character is more assertive and so funny in some parts. Some characters are very different like her father😠It is a cute retelling 3.4/3.5⭐️

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
TheAromaofBooks This is an old favorite!! 8mo
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Allylu
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Started the fairytale retellings prompt for #MGMarch with Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. The ending was more true to Cinderella than the movie, although I like the movie as well. I am a big fan of Anne Hathaway. #100YEARS100BOOKS #BookSpinBingo #23 #BFC21 #MGMarch

wanderinglynn I enjoyed this book too. 👍🏻 9mo
TheAromaofBooks This is a favorite of mine. 9mo
megnews I like Anne Hathaway too. 9mo
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KimberlyJuracich
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It was alright. I read it a long time ago. One of the better retelling.

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jackilynn
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A total nostalgia read for me but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2086599423?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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MidnightBookGirl
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#ManicMonday #LetterE @JoScho

📚 Ella, Enchanted
📚 Ellery Adams, Cary Elwes (seriously, Princess Bride fans, As You Wish is a must read).
📚 Empire Records
📚 Echo and the Bunnymen
📚 Engines by Snow Patrol

sharread Snow Patrol 💖💕💗 Gary does live song writing skits on Instagram. He will be on Thursday. 2y
MidnightBookGirl @sharread Ooh, cool! I will check it out! His voice is just my all time favorite. 2y
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Smarkies
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🌂 Ella Enchanted
🌂 Ephron, Nora
🌂 Elementary
🌂 Eminem
🌂 Extraordinary (Liz Phair)
#manicmonday
#lettere
@JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💜 2y
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OnceUponAWord
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Though not quite how my childhood self remembers this story (as I was an avid watcher of the film) I‘ve nonetheless grown to admire this tale. As always Gail Levine delivers a fairytale where at its center, a young girl learns who is there for her and what strength she has inside!

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amber_ldsmom
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Cute retelling of Cinderella, but not phenomenal. 🙂

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jackilynn
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Awoke today to some sad news. One of my favorite teachers from my childhood lost her battle with cancer. She is one of the teachers I can attribute my love of reading (she introduced me to Harry Potter) and one of the few I made a point to go visit whenever I stopped in the grade school for something. So many fond memories. She will be missed. ☹

jackilynn I will always remember when she read The Sorcerer's Stone out loud to the class. She stopped right when the Sorting Hat was going to tell us which house Harry was going into all because she wanted us to check out the books for ourselves. 2y
jackilynn She gave every student in her class a book for Christmas a book and I was lucky enough to get Ella Enchanted. It has remained a childhood favorite to this day. I can't tell you how many times I read it growing up. I am thinking a reread maybe needed in her honor. 2y
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Meaw_catlady
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#itsmyparty @LibrarianRyan happy birthday!!! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! 🖤 my favorite litten is @DaveGreen7777 the reason that Dave is my favorite is because ever since we met on litsy he has been a constant encouragement and hype person! He always has a word of encouragement or a kind thing to say no matter the situation!
My favorite book when I was young was the tagged and I read it over and over . I just liked Ella‘s spirit.

squirrelbrain What a lovely post! 2y
Megabooks 💕💕💕💕 2y
DaveGreen7777 This is so sweet, Rachel! 😊 I‘m glad I can bring you the same joy and encouragement that you always bring me! 🤗💖🖤 2y
LibrarianRyan He is fun. And his tie collection! 2y
UwannaPublishme 😘😘😘 Thanks for the tag! 2y
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Cityofamber
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This was a fun book, but I would of enjoyed it more if I read it when I was younger.

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BookFairy1519
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“I had been able to break the curse myself. I'd had to have reason enough, love enough to do it, to find the will and the strength.”
—Ella

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BookFairy1519
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“In that moment I found a power beyond any I'd had before, a will and a determination I would never have need if not for Lucinda, a fortitude I hadn't been able to find for a lesser cause.”
—Ella

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BookFairy1519
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This book is one of my all-time favorites, one of the first books I absolutely adored. The storytelling and world-building is so rich in detail. The characters have personality and are so easy to enjoy. This whole reimagining of Cinderella is outstanding; I highly recommend this one! I‘m listening to it on my favorite audiobook version and I forgot how much I enjoy this one each time I read it. 👏🏻✨💕

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LibrarianRyan
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This is another series with decades between the two books. Both covers are very contemporary to the time they were released. And each can be read independently from each other.

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#bbrc
#coverchanges

Scochrane26 I didn‘t know that ogre enchanted existed. 2y
LibrarianRyan @Scochrane26 came out late 2018 or early 2019. I can not remember. It‘s a prequel. 2y
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Mary_Dehner
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Ella Enchanted is a Fantasy Fiction TL and Newbery award winner by Gail Carlson. It‘s a wonderful story about a girl who is enchanted to do whatever she is told no matter what, the journey lands her in a predicament with her true love but all in all is a happy ending. It would be great for a SR in upper elementary to middle school grades. I would utilize ESL strategy #16 and UDL strategy 2.1 linked below is a great resource for this text.

Apeacock12 Loved this movie as a child, and until I saw your post didn't realize it was a book as well. The lesson plans in the link you attached can be very useful in your future classroom! 2y
Mary_Dehner Yes I‘m one of this people who likes to read the book before I see the movie! @Apeacock12 2y
DrSpalding This is such a good book. It could be a good book for shared reading or read aloud or a literature circle option. 2y
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nikkiy_reads
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20 years late but getting it done!!!!

marleed Never too late for Ella! 2y
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EmilieGR
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Charming

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This 1997 Newberry Award Honor F novel is a must-have in every classroom library! As a child, this was the first chapter book that I picked up and could NOT put down! The reason I love this book so much is because author Gail Carson Levine takes the traditional story “Cinderella” and adds a number of mythical creatures including fairies, ogres, and giants to add a fun twist to a story that we all know so well. #LAE3414sp19

hkeiger Because this book is a spin on a classic tale, many students will be able to understand and make connections to the text. This would be great as a SR to spark conversation amongst young readers. Scholastic provides challenging discussion questions to guide student conversations. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/ella-enchanted... (UDL 3.1, ESOL 4) (edited) 3y
cwright I LOVE this book!! I agree and think it would be awesome as a SR. I‘m envisioning it as a SR/LC hybrid where it‘s people who chose to read it but are having those types of discussions (in your LP) together as a group and learning from each other. Awesome book and resource! Thank you for posting 3y
kkimmelman This is a book that everyone should know. I think students could connect well and really enjoy reading this book. Your resource is excellent as well. 3y
DrSpalding So many of you read this particular title when you were children. Shared reading could be an excellent strategy to spark conversation as you said! Scholastic is of course a high-quality resource. 3y
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wanderinglynn
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A winning combination of memorable characters and a charming setting (a medieval realm complete with centaurs, ogres, giants, gnomes, & elves) make up for the novel‘s few shortcomings. Overall a pick.

My full review on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2741257158

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hermyknee
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#quotsymar19 #cheer #lizdoesquotsy

I loved the tagged book growing up 💛

BookInMyHands Do you know about her latest book set in the world of Ella? I haven‘t read it yet... 3y
hermyknee @BookInMyHands no! I had no idea!! 3y
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jennacavanaugh
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"What's inside of you is stronger than any spell..."

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jennacavanaugh
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I believe that this is a story that should be either read or read aloud to every child.

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jennacavanaugh
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I think this is a very important book for girls to read or listen to as they grow up. The expected virtue of obedience that girls especially are exemplified to possess needs to be revisited. I think this book is exceptional for teaching young minds to be themselves and to respect others but also to listen to yourself. The coming-of-age classic is a must read for young readers to learn the importance of self love.
MODERN FANTASY
RATING 4/5

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“No matter what anyone says or tells you to do, look to yourself, Ella. What‘s inside you is stronger than any spell. Take this and I‘ll always be with you.”

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HBecker20
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The characters in the story have depth, personality and are as realistic as ogres, elves, and fairies can be. I think that kids can easily relate to Ella‘s troubles that she went through and the moral decisions she was faced with throughout the book. While this book is a fairytale, it‘s not the typical sugar coated story where everything is easy. Ella must work hard to get what she wants and to save the people she loves most.

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HBecker20
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As a baby, Ellen receives a visit from Lucinda, her fairy godmother. She is bestowed with a magical talent that requires her to obey anything that she is told to do. This proves to be more of a curse than a blessing, particularly when her mother dies and she is forced to live with her cruel step mother. Eventually, Ella embarks on a journey to find Lucinda and break the spell.

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kellyann28
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Well, I ended up switching to this for the #booked19 prompt of a fairytale retelling. To be honest, I just don't like to read retellings! I do remember reading this when I was in middle school. It was a good retelling of Cinderella and Ella was a good, funny main character.
#booked19 : Fairytale Retelling

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I‘m with you!!! NOT my thing either😁Glad u found a book that was sweet enough 3y
kellyann28 @Cinfhen I'm glad you relate! I honestly don't know WHY I don't care for them but I find them so boring usually! They are raved about but I've never read that "Cinder" series. 3y
Cinfhen I guess I‘m old fashioned....I like my fairytales from childhood to remain unchanged 😂😂❣️ 3y
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❤Ella Enchanted
🚀Cinder
👸🏻The Princess and the Fangirl
❄Girls Made of Snow and Glass
🌹Blanca & Roja
💀Down Among the Sticks and bones

#sundayfunday @sebrittain

businessmermaid Ella Enchanted was my favorite book for years growing up! 3y
Birdsong28 The tagged book for Alice in Wonderland 3y
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Eggs
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This book is a gem!!

Vexingcircumstance I‘ve loved every book that I‘ve read by her. 3y
ejgbooknerd I read this when I was younger and absolutely looooved it! Such a great story. (edited) 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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#26kgiveaway
Thanks for this special giveaway! Congrats!
My favorite childhood read was this lovely and magical book! I believe I read it more than 10 times I need to do a reread now that I am an adult!

IamIamIam I had no idea this was a book!! 💜 3y
Meaw_catlady @IamIamIam read it! If you‘ve watched the movie there is no comparison they really did not capture the book with that movie. 3y
IamIamIam Awesome!! I stacked it & I'll grab it soon!! 3y
Linear I liked this one, I tried reading ella, but I loved this one so much I just reread it as a kid lol. 3y
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Ke633
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Thought the movie was cute so I decided to listen to the audiobook today for something light whilst doing some Christmas baking.

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Butterflyamore
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Books I finished in November. My favorites were Ella Enchanted and The No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency.

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Badass_Females
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At the same year, I had to read Ella Enchanted for school and another medieval themed book (I don't remember the title). This is when I slowly (very slowly because this epiphany doesn't happen until I'm 13) realised that there are books I like and I've been made to read genres I was not interested in!

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Butterflyamore
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I liked how the story presented Ella as a strong-willed, intelligent, and hopeful young lady. Despite difficult circumstances, she does not become bitter, and despite the command to obey, she develops her own sense of self and tenaciously fights the curse throughout the book. She is not portrayed as a submissive servant but, rather, a fierce spirit who is trying to break free from her dangerous curse.

TsundokuAleax This book is so amazing and the movie they made from it just does not live up to the richness of the book. 3y
Butterflyamore @TsundokuAleax Agreed. I‘ve seen the movie countless times, as it was a favorite of my daughter‘s when she was growing up. I had not realized, until now, how radically different it was from the book. It‘s barely even the same story. 3y
TsundokuAleax @Butterflyamore man, I am sorry you only found out about the book recently. It is good that you were able to enjoy the movie though. I sadly could not get into it. 3y
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Lchnessmnstr
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This book was great! I loved the different languages and how the different characters interacted. Nothing like the movie, very disappointed that the movie makers had to dumb down the story for an audience.

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“The Ayorthaians think before they speak, and often conclude, after lengthy meditation, that nothing need be said.”

I think I would like to make some Ayorthaian friends.

Naj 🙌🙌 I have found my people!! 3y
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Just finished 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️‘s!!! I am in love with this book it was so magical, sweet and sad but with a happy ending that I know is going to keep me daydreaming all day, I will be good for nothing all day. Why did I wait so long to read this book??? As someone else has said and I shouldn't be surprised the book is 100 times better than the movie!!! I suppose it always is and I'm ok with that.

Mindyrecycles An all time favorite for me. ❤️ 3y
Carolhreads @Mindyrecycles I can see why!!!! This book has made it to my top favorite books list. I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner :) 3y
TheBookkeepersApprentice I love this book! 3y
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“He put his hand on my waist, and my heart began to pound, a rougher rhythm than the music. I held my skirt. Our free hands met. He felt warm and comforting and unsettling and bewildering - all at once.”

Do you remember that feeling? That first moment, after so many feelings have built, when your hand finally touches his? So perfect. So terrifying. You never get that first moment back. You never want to forget the way it felt when you had it.

bg_reads Such a wonderful reminder of young love! 💗 3y
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