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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162,862 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carson Levine Narrator: Eden Riegel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1999 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Winner of the 2000 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • A 1998 Newbery Honor Book

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/18/2014

    " It was O.K. I didn't like it that much but it was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brittani Allen | 2/11/2014

    " I love the book and the movie so much even though they're completely different. in fact I love that they're completely different. I love the story and the way its written and its hilarious. I can already see me reading it to my daughter someday "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Lincoln | 2/6/2014

    " This is a rich and imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story as a young adult novel. At last readers get a reasonable explanation for Cinderella's meek behavior. Poor Ella isn't a doormat; she is literally cursed with obedience. But she is a strong and intelligent role model, instead of taking her misfortune sitting down, she marches off to rid herself of the troublesome curse. Learning her worries and dreams gives readers a reason to root for her. Prince Charmant becomes more than a name as we read the letters he and Ella write to each other. A cast of fantastic and familiar fairy-tale figures includes the foolish fairy who bestows gifts nobody wants, a wise fairy godmother who refuses to use magic for anything important, and a gnome toddler with a baby beard. Gail Carson Levine casts a spell and manages to remake a classic tale into something completely new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emmy | 2/3/2014

    " This is my all time favorite book I have ever read. I had two copies as a little girl that's how much I loved this book. <3<3<3<3<3 "

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