Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted

byGail Carson Levine

Paperback | September 28, 1998

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This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.

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.

Gail Carson Levine is the author of the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted; New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; ALA Notable Book Dave At Night; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; the six Princess Tales books; the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly; and a companion to this picture book, Betsy Who Crie...
Title:Ella EnchantedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.58 inPublished:September 28, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064407055

ISBN - 13:9780064407052

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review on GR! Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Reading Challenge: My, What Big Teeth You Have. As a child I thoroughly enjoyed Ella Enchanted (the movie)! I decided to give the book a go. Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I was actually enjoying it in the beginning. Once the step-sisters were introduced the writing style changed dramatically. I'm not exactly sure why this happened. I found myself losing interest in the book. This was definitely a personal thing. I do still recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An old favourite! A great read for kids and teens, especially girls. The lead is a strong female, able to overcome all her magical and non-magical obstacles. The story is well written, and has a nice spin on the classic 'fairy tale' motif. It will always have a permanent place on my shelf.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from DIfferent than I thought it would be. This book is okay, it took me three different tries through different year to finally get through the whole book. And I finally finished it and I was surprised by how very different it was from the movie. But I did think it was a cute younger YA/ children's book.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I watched the movie first and enjoyed it, so I was really excited when I found this book. It's very different from the movie--better, of course--but they both have their merits. Ella is a compelling protagonist and the plot is so unique.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Loved it - passing it on to my daughter when she's old enough to read it! #plumreveiw
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Liked the movie more Maybe it's because the movie made up part of my childhood and this book didn't but I didn't like the book as much as the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely one of the best children's/YA novels out there. I've re-read this as an adult and enjoyed it tremendously. A++!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I actually heard about the movie first and then found the book. The book is so much better! (And I didn't even dislike the movie). Such a fun and empowering story about a smart girl.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read this over and over as a child, one of my favourites!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) One of my favorite books as a child
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! One of my favourite fairy tales as a little girl, I loved reading this in middle school.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely story! My favourite fairy tale retelling and wonderful book! This story is magical and beautiful, with a perfect happily ever after. A must read for all young girls and teens too.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A classic read for young girls :)
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! I love this classic fairy tale story so much that I've read the book to many times to count. It is my go-to book whenever I want to read a short, light-hearted story that ends with a good happily-ever-after.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Easy to read, short story. I love the idea!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite One of my favourite childhood books! Independent Ella and the stubborn Char coming together in a mix of fairytale elements and humour. This book is so beautiful and wonderful :')
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I just did not enjoy it as much as I was expecting to
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting story! It's a great book. May be a bit pg for some, but it's a very charming book for kids and those that are kids at heart!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Loved it as a child and I still enjoy rereading it from time to time.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book for kids Great read for kids but a bit too PG for teenagers
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanting My favourite book growing up. I return to it every now and then still to feel like a kid again!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Enchanting! This book WAS my childhood!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore! I absolutely adore this book, it's one of my all time favourite stories. I have re-read it countless times and always get caught up in the magic. HIGHLY recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My favourite Gail Carson Levine book and my favourite retelling of a fairy tale. This book was actually my first experience with fairy tale retellings and I have been obsessed with them ever since. The heroine is interesting, the prince isn't one-note, and the romance is adorable. Definitely a classic.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mother, daughter time I felt like this was a good book for my mom to read to me, as well as a story about defeating any issues, if you work hard enough you can have this happy ever after, nothing comes easy, it's a nice twist from the regular fairytale
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical! I loved this book! I saw the movie first and thought it was funny and a cute idea. I had no idea just how much of a spoof it was and how much better the book would be. Ella is quirky and easy to relate to. She is willful and stubborn to the end, asserting her independence and proving that even though she is obedient, she is slave to no one!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice twist on a classic story I had never read this as a kid, but found it in a box of my sister's old stuff and thought I would give it a go. I actually really enjoyed it. Even as an adult. It puts a nice twist on the classic story we all know and love.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great I remember reading this back in grade 6. It was one of my favourite stories.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teen Novel The narcissism was so well done in this novel, a great tool for young girls to see that the only chains that bind them are the ones they allow.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Cinderella Story with a Fresh Twist Ella will capture your heart with her strength and humor. As a child it wasnt Harry Potter who inspired me to read but Ella of Frell. A young lass who refused to obey even though she was under the spell of Obedience. This tale of adventure and misfortune teaches the values of individuality, the ability to say no and being true to oneself. It is something every child should read.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never gets old I first read this book in elementary school, and now that I'm in my 20s it's still my favourite. I have two copies: 1 paperback which has been completely worn out, and 1 hardcover that is for display purposes. Each time I read it (which has to be 20+ times by now) I catch something I had some how missed or forgotten. When the movie came out I hated it, because it was NOTHING like the book. Now I can appreciate both separately because they are so different. But the book definitely has a magic that does't fade no matter how many times you read it.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood classic My best friend in fifth grade recommended this book to me. I remember the first time I read it - I was simply enthralled. Years later, I still read it over and over again.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a favourite! This has to be my all time favorite retelling of the Cinderella story. Full of humorous whit and a beautiful depth of emotion, it is a book that I still enjoy even now, many years after I first turned it's pages.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I've recommended this book to tons of people after reading it myself, and they've all loved it. Ella is a fabulous character, and the book is filled with magic, laughter, and friendship.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection I first read this book when I was eight years old, and to this day, at age 20, I still enjoy reading it. It is so comforting and full of natural goodness, and kind of combines elements of all fairytales in a way i just love. Would 100% recommend for children and adults alike!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fairytale for all ages! I read the book for the first time last year, when I was 18 and on a fairytale retelling binge. This book is AMAZING. The movie is crap, it is, at best, very loosely based off of this book. So please read this with an open mind. Ella is an amazing character. You'd think with the curse she's under, she'd be a meek, passive girl. Actually, she is anything but. And I love the friendship/relationship she has with Prince Char! They're so funny and cute and the best part is, they get to know each other as friend before falling in love! I need a Prince Char in my life! I plan to reread this many times in the future and hopefully I'll get to share it with any sons or daughters I might have in the future!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why Cinderella didn't run A retelling of the fairy tale with a moral for our times (be yourself, &c). The ending is a bit weak, but then again, it IS a fairy tale so one shouldn't be surprised by a happily ever after.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I love love love this book. I really recomend this book to people who like fantasy.Even if you dont, YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella enchanted I really liked the preveiw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting take on Cinderella story Ella of Frell is fifteen years old and lives with her father, Sir Peter, and mother Lady Eleanor, their cook Mandy, and other servants in the kingdom of Kyrria, ruled over by King Jerrold and Queen Daria, who are the parents of Prince Charmont (Char). At her birth, the foolish fairy Lucinda gave Ella the gift of obedience, but it turns out to be a curse because she must automatically obey every order given to her regardless of what it is, whether hopping on one foot for a day or even chopping off her own head. After Lady Eleanor dies, Sir Peter marries the odious Dame Olga, who has two equally odious daughters, Hattie and Olive. Then her father promptly leaves on a business trip. In the meantime, Ella and Char have fallen in love, but Ella knows that she can’t marry him while under the curse, so she goes on a quest, encountering ogres and giants, in order to break the spell. Will she succeed? Or will the Prince find another bride? Ella Enchanted, which was a Newbery honor book in 1998, is Levine’s take on the traditional Cinderella story, giving her own explanation of how the heroine came to have a wicked stepmother and stepsisters, ended up becoming a servant, and is finally chosen by the Prince. One could see the book as making fun of the traditional vows of brides to “love, honor, and obey” their husbands. Or one could view it simply as showing that obedience doesn’t, or shouldn’t, necessarily reduce a person to mere chattel slavery. Each reader will have to decide that for himself. There are references to drinking wine, brandy, and ale. And, of course, whenever you have princely balls, you are going to have mention of dancing. In 2006, Levine went on to write Fairest, a retelling of the Snow White story, set in the same world as Ella Enchanted. The plot of Ella is presented in an interesting way, though it will probably appeal much more to little “princesses” rather than little “princes.” It is easy to read, and I basically enjoyed it, but like several others, I thought the book really couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a hip “modern day fairy tale” or a traditional medieval-type story. It seems to bounce back and forth almost willy-nilly between the two moods. While it is not a bad book, I have to wonder why it was chosen for a Newbery Honor award. The reason is probably that, as one reviewer called it an “examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales,” it presents “a spunky, intelligent female lead” that is quite in tune with the modern feminist ideal. A movie was made in 2004 that was very loosely based on the book, and some people expressed the opinion that the film was less disjointed and confusing than the novel, though it is quite different in many respects.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless classic I am now 25 years old and still I treasure this book. I absolutely refuse to see the film beause the trailer was enough to convince me that they took this book and changed far too much of it. If you've ever been a fan of fairytales or you want to enchant your own daughters with a good one... this is it! It's a delightful read and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Tale I have to admit that I saw the movie first and although they are at least 80% different I liked them both. Ella is a charming girl who must face numerous obstacles with her "disability". Her father, step mother and step sisters are real pieces of work that you love to loath. Looking forward to when my daughter is old enough that I can read this to her.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a great read Okay so I'm sixteen and I still read this book every time I want a cute love story that I can read quickly. I can't put it down(even though it's embarrassing to admit) I read it a lot
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I think this book is really great! Gail Carson Leviene is a very good writer. In this story, Ella, is cursed so that she must always be obedient. It's a great book and I hope you read it!
Date published: 2007-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!!!! It's wonderful!!!! I enjoyed it so much that i read in less than 2 days! it was that Good. I highly recommend Ella Enchanted!
Date published: 2007-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It!!! This is a great book. You can relate to all the carectors and what there going through. Its a story of magic and love. If you like fairytales you wont be able to stop reading it!!!
Date published: 2006-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever I first read it when it was suggested to me by a friend. The first paragraph didn`t sound very intruiging , but by the second paragraph i was hooked. This book held me spellbound for hours and it wasn`t long until i finished it and started all over again right away,it was funny ,desparing and had a touch of romance all at once! I rushed out and got my own copy at once and have read it over and over again!! I strongly recommend it to anyone youg or old, its one of the best books i`ve ever read!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best This book is so good. I love it! I have literally read this book 20 times.I plan to read it again soon. I would definitely reccommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love It! This is one of the best books of all time. i love the creativity in the idea itself and the aspect of love that holds true throughout the novel. its a great book i recomend it.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Spellbinding Fantasy!" Gail Levine's "Ella Enchanted" brings in a world of magic, with a load of adventures. This book is a 'once -you -start -you- can't -stop' book. Perfectly suitable for youths. A full-time fairy tale with imagination, creativity, and more. This book is a have-to-read for all fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favourite, and since then too! I first read this when I was nine, and many years later - I still adore it! It's my go-to comfort book, the one that always makes me smile. I wore my first copy down because I read it so much, and was forced to buy another one! Levine has a way of making her characters come alive on the pages, I'd never before thought that a fairy tale could have so much depth! Between Ella, Char, Mandy, and Hattie - every reader has tons to laugh (and even cry) at. Levine's story is very humourous, and despite the fantasy element - very realistic. She adds great twists to an old classic, that allows this story to remain fresh. Even if you think youknow Cinderella, you still have stuff to learn. You'll never see Cinderella the same way again! Ella is portrayed as a quasi-normal teen who just wants to fit in. She feels restrained and tied down, and longs to be free. My advice: don't watch the movie. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy are talented actors, but the screenwriter's have ruined the novel completely. If you've already seen the movie - ignore everything, and get this book! Give Ella another chance. And like I mentioned, if you haven't seen the film - don't! You'll prefer the book, I guarantee it. This is an amazing book will attract any child, and will continue to be loved by them straight into adulthood!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This book is so great. It's a twist on Cinderella and if you like fairy tale-like books slightly re-made then I highly recommend this book. It's not a heavy read, it's fairly straight forward but I love it nonetheless. The movie didn't do this book justice and I think that just about every Ella Enchanted fan who saw the movie will agree with me.
Date published: 2006-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome This book was so awsome. I loved how i could relate to all of the characters.
Date published: 2005-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from meraculous Wow,A magical story of wonder,evil,good and love.
Date published: 2005-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from staying in my collection forever The first time i picked this book up was when i was in grade 6 at my school book fair.. I have been able to come back to it again and again to enjoy the adventures of ella and watch her grow into a women in this charming story. After reading this I don't think the original Cinderella story will ever be the same! So despite your age or skeptism on this lovely story.. try it and you will see why it has such great reviews... all our inhibitions and doubts as we grow up and learn are reflected in all the misadventures and comical sequence of events Ella goes through to find her ultimate happiness and the love of her life. This is definitely a must- have to pass on to every woman!
Date published: 2005-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the magic really began It was the best book i ever read. I read it 8 times!! The magic of the story really makes absorbed in it! It is full of action and it really tells you what is happening. It turns cinderella into a hip - hop , great story. I recommend this book to every body. It is the best i ever read!!
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent to Read The people who wrote that Ella Enchanting is a nap read, must really clear out all that sleep that's stuck in their eyes. Ella Enchanting is a fantastic story, full of humour, romance, action and drama. There is a reason why this book won an award. I definitely suggest this book over the outsiders.
Date published: 2004-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK ROCKS! Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books of all time and I strongly recommend it for other pre-teens or teens. It is a remake of the classic story of Cinderella filled with humour, adventure and romance. this is the best book of all time and I am only a kid and i already say that!!
Date published: 2004-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Ella* It's a very magical and wondeful story meant for all ages of girls! It's marvelous story for girls, and some boys if they like giely movies! It's a great romance story!
Date published: 2004-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Boring Blast or an exiting sleep This book was a step above mediocre. It was not excellent,but it was good. IT would still be recomended.
Date published: 2004-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted Is Deffinetly Enchanting! When I first bought the book Ella Enchanted i thought this book was not going to be good boy was i shocked when i read it! Ella Enchanted is a book that i could not put down! This book is suitable for all ages and of course Ella Enchanted is deffinetly enchanting! Happy Reading!
Date published: 2004-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I loved this book for the following reasons: -i loved the fairys, elves and medival theme -i loved the characters -i loved the setting and desciption -P.S. it is a book by the way
Date published: 2004-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~from a teen~ When I fist read Ella Enchanted I was blown away i read this book when i was in elementary and it is one of my favorites! I have read it over 5 times and I could still read it again. This book captures the mind to explor a new time, place and personallity of a girl who has to fight to get what she wants in life! I think anyone of any age should read this book. It is exciting, fantasy and yet It draws you to the heart of the story so yuo can't put it down!Hopefully there will be more books like this by this author because all the fans would love it! P.S- will there really be a movie?
Date published: 2004-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted Ella Enchanted is a wonderful story of a teenager going through the not so normal happenings of adolescence.A gift bestowed at birth turns out to be more of a curse, ogres, and finnishing what else can go wrong? One word. Hattie. An evil girl who tries to take advantage of Ella's obedience, and take away someone VERY important to her, more than once.I also forgot to mention giants, fairies, and balls. This book is filled with humour, and seriousness. Well, maybe not alot of seriousnes, but some. There is also a prince charming! Need I say more? This book is absolutely wonderful for any girls room, even if you're not a big reader. Two thumbs up for ELLA ENCHANTED!
Date published: 2004-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted Fairytales Make Great Stories While it’s been a few years since I’ve read it, I still remember how charmed I was with such an interesting twist to the Cinderella storyline. I recently saw another girl with the book, and remembering how much I enjoyed Ella’s spunky personality, I decided to go out and buy the book for my younger sister. I ended up here, hoping it was still in print. It was, and I haven’t received such good news in a while. Definitely a recommended read, even if you take it out of a library first to see whether it’s worth it. I couldn’t help but notice that some of the negative reviews are rather “Horrible book, go read (such-and-such)”. It’s a real shame, because both sides of the debate should be represented. So next time, please think about why it’s a bad book, for the sake of anyone trying to get real feedback. Thanks!
Date published: 2003-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I have no idea what the other reviews are saying; this book is so good! Gail Carson Levine's writing captures you and doesn't let you put down the book. It is full of adventure, fantasy, excitement and good laughs. I have read this book atleast five times and I'm planning to read it again. I recommend this book to anybody who would like a good read.
Date published: 2003-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! gail carson levine does her best in this witty romantic tale about a young girl with a strange curse. It puts a captivating twist on an old story we know and love. I would strongly reccomend this book to anyone with an imagination and a love of reading. It was my all time favorite book for quite a while but was bumped behind Harry Potter and The two Princess' of bamarre which is also by Levine!! This book is now being made into a major motion picture and despite how pleased i was it kind of takes away the fantasy of the book. I hope you choose to read this and im sure youll love it...
Date published: 2003-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from To bad to .... This book is so bad I don't even know what to say! I found it very very stupid and I heard it was going to be a movie- Who would want to watch a boring movie? Not me forshure. If they wanted to make a good movie it should be Light A Single candle-now that's a book!
Date published: 2003-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst!! This was the worst book ever! It was so bad I fell asleep. I love to read all books but after this one I will never say that again!
Date published: 2003-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Worst book in the history of all books! Please do not listen to the people who loved this book! It was stupid and has no meaning. It was so boring. If you are looking for a good book may I suggest Light a Single Candle or The Gift of Gold They are the best.
Date published: 2003-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Worst book ever! This is the worst book of all time! I practiclly fell asleep while reading it! All of my friends agree! If your looking for a good read do not pick this book unless you are looking for a good nap!
Date published: 2003-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! It was a great book! A must read! The 1800 best book in the world ( The Outsiders is the First)
Date published: 2003-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad This was the worst book I have ever read! Can you say Boring.
Date published: 2003-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from OK, I guess I did not find it very good, I had to read it for a report and I found it quite bouring!If your looking for a good book my I suggest The Outsiders It will be the best book you have ever read. If you want my opinion on this book, It was boring! But hey, Some people may like it.
Date published: 2003-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This is a story of perserverance and girl power. a must read for those who have read and enjoyed 'Dealing With Dragons' by Patricia C Wrede!
Date published: 2003-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella is Enchanting for Sure The best book in a hundred centuries a must read.
Date published: 2003-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from most romantic book ever!! It is the best book i've ever read. It's really romantic... I wish there were more books like hers.
Date published: 2003-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted Rules This book is so interesting! It satisfied my thirst for fairy tales with a twist. I read it over and over again, and I still want to read it!
Date published: 2003-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted is Enchanting I loved this book. If you love fairytales and the story of Cinderella then you'll love this book. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to find a good fairytale for there children.
Date published: 2002-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinderella-Twist! Gail Carson Levine has put an excellent twist on the Cinderella story. Ella Enchanted is full of intrigue from beginning to end. If you're a fairy tale lover this book is a great read. It's fun for kids, but also adults too!
Date published: 2002-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magical, amazing book! Being a Cinderella fan, when I read this book I was amazed! The author turned such a simple story, into an awesome book! I haven't been reading much lately, and when i started reading, Ella Enchanted, i just couldn't put it down! It is definetly my favourite book, and I reccommend that children, and adults should read it!
Date published: 2002-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most enchanting book! This is the best book ever! I absolutely love Ella's character and how she deals with her curse. I think that Gail Carson Levine was really thinking when she wrote it!
Date published: 2002-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ella is Enchanting! This fiction novel is truly heartwarming! I couldn't put this charming novel down. It fell in the bath, got toothpaste on it, slid down the isle on the schoolbus - what else could happen? I really couldn't put this charming novel down! My fifth grade teacher borrowed it. This was exactly the book I needed to help me get back into my imagination and my vivid points. To all the kids who are hesitating whether or not to read this story, one word - exitement!
Date published: 2002-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted,my #1 book!! This book is extremely well written,I've read this book some many times I've lost count. I've told my friends to read it, I got my Grandmother to read it!! !!!!!KEEP WRITING GAIL!!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fairy Tale OMG! I love this story SOOOO much. I picked it up from school because I had forgot my other book at home. I started reading it and became attached to it. I finished it in less than 8 hours :)
Date published: 2001-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted I love this book! I've told everyone about it. It's an amazing way how you can have so much creativity. It's not an easy book to put down. An it has a fantastic ending!
Date published: 2001-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! When my mom brought this book home from the library, I thought this was going to be another boring Cinderella story. Boy was I wrong! This book is soooo captivating and interesting, with funny twists.
Date published: 2001-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book I think Ella Enchanted is a superb book. I have read most of the Princess Tales and part of The Wish but none are as good as this, and I've read a lot of books. Gail Carson Levine is a terrific writer. It never before occurred to me that a book could be as good as this.
Date published: 2001-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest story ever! Very imaginative! Greatest book i have read in ages. Greater than words can say!
Date published: 2001-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella is Enchanting Ella Enchanted is a retelling of the captivating tale of Cinderella, told with a few fresh twists and intriguing characters. Ella, when she was born, a fairy named Lucinda tried to give her the gift of obiedience but ended up cursing her with it instead. Ella is hardly a teenager when her mother dies. She and her father have a very rocky relationship, holding almost no trust whatsoever. Then, Ella meets the charmingly innocent Prince Charmont. Needless to say, sparks fly, but Ella's new caniving stepsister Hattie has plans for Charmont herslef... An absolutely charming tale, Ella Enchanted will feed a hungry reader again and again with generous helpings. I truly enjoyed this book that is an original roller-coaster ride through the many faces of fantasy.
Date published: 2001-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Cinderella Story With A Twist Ella Enchanted is charming and delightful recap of one of the most thrilling fairy tales ever. The first time I saw the cover I knew I needed this book! Ella is a darling girl. She is the subject of a miserable "gift.” Her life is harder than anybody else’s she is given the gift of obedience. She befriends Price Charmont. They become good friends. Then Ella is sent away to finishing school. She runs away and then her father marries. She & Prince Char (Charmont) become closer. When he comes to see her, her stepsisters tell her to leave & she does. Then he leaves. I won't spoil the end for you because you'll have to read the book to find out. This is the best book I've ever read. It defiantly worth the money. Especially when this girl has a will of her own. With also a touch of romance. If you love Cinderella, you'll most likely love this book!
Date published: 2001-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella enchanted A great book! It's a gripping adventure with a happy ending. Ella is a very intelligent and strong-willed character. Ella enchanted is an unforgettable adventure!
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Da Bomb!!! A great book!!! I encourage all fiction lovers to read this awesome book! It's romantic, exciting and more than any reader could hope for!!!
Date published: 2001-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Ella is a perfect book. it could be enjoyed for all ages. its a cinderella story. with a few changes. i must have read it 6 times and now reading it again. it still surprises me. its romantic, embarasing, sad, funny, exciting, surprizing and you can't forgett fun. love it. its my favourite book by far. its wonderful, you have to read it. whole school read it and they all loved it.
Date published: 2001-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book This is one of the best books i have ever read! I've never read anything so interesting and good! its a book i reccomend to everyone!!!
Date published: 2001-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book!! I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought it was a wonderful version of Cinderella. I definitely suggest you read this book!
Date published: 2001-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted Ella Enchanted was one of the most amazing books I have ever read, I couldn't put it down. Based on the fairy tale of Cinderella this tale provides new twists and great adventures. This book can be read over and over again and still be enjoyed. Truly one of my favorites Ella Enchanted is a book that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Twist on an Old Tale Ella Enchanted is probably the most eye-opening book for children since, well, there really wasn't anything that good as far as I can remember! Ella is a girl that has been subjected to the horrible fate of being put under a curse to be obedient to any and every command given her. Parents out there are probably thinking that's too good to believe, but hooooold on a minute. Being COMPLETELY obedient at all times, Ella is under the threat that any foul-hearted person may come and command her to do all sorts of horrible tasks. Read about a girl that has a will of her own, even if she can't obey it, as she goes on a quest to find the fairy that made every minute of her life unbearable. As the end moves closer, you will begin to see the story unfold into a classic that we have known and loved since infancy, with a touch of romance to boot.
Date published: 2000-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of Those Kind of Books. The first time I read "Ella Enchanted" I was amazed. It was a fabulous book! Now, 3 years later I'm still reading it, and reading it, and reading it. I would really recomend this book. You will definetly get your money's worth. It's a book that will be at home in your collection.
Date published: 2000-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted I totally LOVE this book! It's about a girl(Ella) who has no mother and a miserable "gift"...she has to be obedient. She hates this "gift". She likes Prince Charmont and her father makes her go to finishing school with his fiance's daughters.She doesn't like them either. Then she runs away from finishing school and goes to the giants', because that was where her father was going. But will she run into trouble on the way? Read this awesome book and find out!
Date published: 2000-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you can't put this book down! Ella enchanted is an amazing book! It is a masterpiece! I loved this book and i am sure anyone else who has read it loves it too! You just can't put it down!
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down? Every one has a time in their life when they hope/want a fairy godmother in their lives. For Ella in Ella Enchanted the hope is just a little to clear. After her mother dies Ella finds that there is a fairy in her life. Then, Ella gets put into a boarding school by her new stepmother and then runs away. Once home Ella renews her friendship with the prince but has to work as a maid for her stepmother. This twist of the cinderella story gives new light to kids and it's a book that most just can't put down until their finished.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enchanting Adventure!!!! A magnificent book of adventure and fantisy! Ella Enchanted is an amazing twist to Disneys classic Cinderella tale. A young girl who is prisoner to her stepmother and evil stepsisters that have found out Ellas horrible secret; her obiedience. A curse that was laid upon her as a newborn by a snobbish fairy. Ella goes on a journey to find this fairy and destroy her curse. She recieves help from her fairygodmother,Prince Charmont, and some new friends along the way. But Ella also encounters some evil creatures who try to stop her from reaching her destination. This book is a magical tale of love, adventure and fullfilling your dream!
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enchanting Adventure!!!! A magnificent book of adventure and fantasy! Ella Enchanted is an amazing twist to Disney's classic Cinderella tale. A young girl who is prisoner to her stepmother and evil stepsisters that have found out Ella's horrible secret: her obedience. A curse that was laid upon her as a newborn by a snobbish fairy. Ella goes on a journey to find this fairy and destroy her curse. She receives help from her fairy godmother, Prince Charmont, and some new friends along the way. But Ella also encounters some evil creatures who try to stop her from reaching her destination. This book is a magical tale of love, adventure and fullfilling your dream!
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted- An Enchanted Book Itself! Ella Enchanted is a book that is enchanted itself! This is a fantasy-Cinderella story that is about a girl named Ella, who lives in a world of fairies, elves, giants, including castles, and places that you would have never even thought about. She is on a thrilling adventure, like Cinderella, Ella is in love with a prince, but her father has sent her off to finishing school. That's when the excitement begins, Ella tries to run away and in this situation she experiences a adventure that she has never had before, meeting the fantasy characters such as the giants, the elves, and the fairies. As she returns, a problem occurs, the prince is putting on 1 ball each night for three days to pick his beloved. Ella must try to think of a way to win her prince's heart without revealing who she is. Will Ella get her prince's heart? Will she survive finishing school and at the same time experience a thrilling adventure? Read to find out! A book not to disappoint you!
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting Ella Enchanted; the best book for a young child's(particularly a girl)book- shelf. I loved it. Being 11 years old, it was nice to have a book about someone my age. For a bit older readers, but enough fantasy for a read- aloud.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted I really enjoyed this book. Personally, I am not a big fantasy fan, but when I first read this, I didn't care if it was fantasy or magical... all I knew was it was the best book I have ever read. The desription was wonderful, and I loved of how funny it could get! So, try this book out... you might enjoy it, just like I did.
Date published: 2000-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A momentous book This is a momentous new version to the classic, "Cinderella". The characters are jocose and intresting. Ella is a 15-year-old girl who is cursed under a fairy's "gift" of oedience. Thus, Ella must obey any command directed towards her. Even though it may sound like an unusual curse, it's amusing how Ella copes with anything she endeavors. When I first came upon this book, I thought it wouldn't be any different to the original tale. Yet, as I started to read it, I was enthralled with the plot and characters. From the cruel stepsisters to Ella's relationship with the prince, this book is astonishing. I highly recommend this book to anyone, young or old. Furthermore, this book also poses a problem: you can't read it just once! - Lisa Carter, age 11
Date published: 2000-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book! This is a great,new version of the classic "Cinderella". The characters are very creative. When I first glanced at the title, I thought the book would be about the original tale. Yet, when I started to read it, I was engrossed. From the cruel stepsisters to the prince, this book is great! ( it's funny how she copes with the spell, or curse) This book also poses a problem: you can't just read it once! I would highly recommend this book to anyone, younge or old. - Lisa Carter, age 11
Date published: 2000-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to read I think that ella enchanted is a great book for younger people. It is very interesting and I really enjoyed it!!!
Date published: 2000-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is magnificent Hey! If you are thinking of buying this book I suggest you do. I could not stop reading it. Last Night I was reading at the next thing I knew it was 11:30 pm. I wanted so badly to finish it buy i had to finish it today. The wording and vocabulary is great. This is one of my favorite books. I am looking forward to reading the two others i have seen by this author. :-)
Date published: 2000-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book The reason that this is my favourite book is that I love the way Ella reacts to other people, and she knows by looking at people how they would act. I think that this book is excellent for readers from the ages of 9 to 11. Its not too long, so it won't intimidate the young ones!! Peace out, read a lot and prosper. Sari
Date published: 2000-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted I love this book. (I just finished reading it again..) This is a really well written form of the classic Cinderella.. READ IT!!
Date published: 1999-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pure and simple genius! I came across this book casually browsing the library shelves for a book to do a school report on, and decided to take it out. I have had to renew it twice so far, and I don't think I'll ever part with it. This book is very well-written, and it's a very fitting beginning to the Cinderella story.
Date published: 1999-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Fairytale Ella Enchanted is one of the best books you'll ever read! Ella has a "gift" which can be dangerous to anyone. It's my favourite book!
Date published: 1999-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Fairytale! Ella Enchanted is full of imagination. This is my favourite book. You'll love the irony that Ella faces in her every day struggles. Did you notice the irony of the name Cinderella? Although it's like Cinderella, it explains it even more. I say they should make a movie!
Date published: 1999-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted This book is a book that is full of great imagination. You'll love all the irony that Ella faces in her every day struggles. Notice the irony of her name? You will for sure enjoy this book, even if you're young or old! You'll want to read it over and over!
Date published: 1999-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book definately worth reading This book is extremely well written with an inspiring heroine. This book was one of the best "fairy tale" like stories I've read in years nad I would recommend it for dreamers of all ages.
Date published: 1999-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted This is my most favourite book in the world. I love it and recommend it for anyone!!! It has magical characters and although based on a Cinderella story, once you start reading it you'll never put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 1999-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ella Enchanted This is my most favourite book in the world. I love it and recomend it for anyone!!! it has magical characters and although based on a cinderella story once you start reading it you'll never out it down!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 1999-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! Ella enchanted is one of the best books i have ever read! once you start reading it, it is almost impossible to put it down. people of every age should read this book!
Date published: 1999-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Since I received it for my Birthday, I have read Ella Enchanted at least 10 times. It is now definitely my favourite novel! Although similar to the story of Cinderella, you never know what to expect with this book, which keeps you reading until the very end. The story is filled with magical creatures, interesting names, and amazing places. It makes you feel sad, angry or happy for Ella as she goes through life with the troubles brought upon her from the "gift" of obedience. Gail Carson Levine truly is an excelent author. She has written no other books that I've heard of so far, but I sure hope she does soon! I recommend Ella Ennchanted for anyone from the age of 8 to 12, or maybe even older. You'll love it!
Date published: 1999-06-21

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Katrina, age 14, Winnipeg, MBI have to say, of all the fantasy and fairytale books and stories that I have read, this one tops the list! Ella Enchanted is a beautifully and elegantly written adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, and really, I must say, it's the best one I've read so far.The traditional love story, when put into Gail Carson Levine's mind for fantasy, is put in a much more comical sense, and the characters are so lovable! I simply adore Prince Char - he really is charming - and like, the perfect guy! And I really admire Ella for being so heroic - I told you I liked heroes! This story, like most fairytales, has the perfect "happily ever after" ending and I love it! If anyone asked me for the perfect romantic fairytale, I would suggest this - wait, I already have!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Being a fairy is never easy. Since her birth, Ella of Frell has been the unfortunate recipient of an addled fairy's gift -- the "gift" of obedience. However, spunky Ella does not tamely accept her fate and embarks on a quest to break this curse once and for all! Ella Enchanted is a nice addition to every young reader’s collections.

Editorial Reviews

“A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale.”