It's a familiar story: In spite of the obstacles put in her way by her wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride. Now she's comfortably ensconced in the palace, awaiting marriage to the man of her dreams. It's happily ever after time, right?
Wrong! Life for Ella has become an endless round of lessons and restrictions; even worse, Prince Charming turns out to be more like Prince Boring. Why can't she talk with him the way she can Jed, her earnest young tutor?
Slowly, Ella comes to realize she doesn't want the life she fought so hard to win. But breaking her engagement proves more difficult--and dangerous--than escaping her step-mother's tyranny.
This book was wonderful, I finished it very quickly because I didn't want to put it down. Margaret Peterson Haddix really knows how to write a page turner. It was very exciting, and put a new fun spin on an old classic. I'm as big of a fan of the classic Disney version of Cinderella as anyone, but, this was fun and fresh. Ella is independent and strong-willed, something that just wasn't acceptable historically. The characters were surprisingly well developed for a short book. You immediately had a sure sense of who Ella was, and also the people around her. The main villain in the book is particularly sinister behind her oh-so-proper veneer. I would recommend this book to any young girl, it teaches them that it's okay to be an individual and voice their opinion. It also shows them that while it's important to be independent, it's also okay to ask for help when they really need it. I give this book a 1, Pay Full Price, it's definitely worth the price.
Thank you Alexa for recommending this book!
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If you like Margaret Peterson Haddix, make sure you also check out Running Out of Time, and The Shadow Children Series.
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