In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Newbery Honor, 1999
Rebecca Caudill Award, 2000.
Also published in paperback by Scholastic with ISBN: 0439576512.
Also published in paperback by Avon with ISBN: 9780060558864.
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"The meaning, mama is that Ella does whatever she is told.I don't know why, but she does." " Really?" Hattie nodded. " You mean she would have listened to me too?" Olive said. " Clap your hands three times Ella." Mum Olga commanded. I clutched my skirt and stiffened my hands at my side. " It will take a moment." Hattie said. "She tries not to. See how red her face is?" I clapped.
Dear Ella, Impatience is not usually my weakness. But your letters torment me. They are playful, interesting, thoughtful, and (occasionally) serious. I'm overjoyed to receive them, yet they bring misery. What I really long to know you do not tell: what you feel, although I've given you hints by the score of my regard. You like me. You wouldn't waste time or paper on a being you didn't like. But I think I've loved you since we met at your mother's funeral. I want to be with you forever and beyond, but you write that you are too young to marry or too old or too short or too hungry. You would charm Father, and Mother too. They would be yours completely. What a beautiful bride you'll be, whomever you marry at whatever age. Today I cannot write of Ayortha or my doings or anything. I can only post this and wait. Love (it is such a relief to pen the word!), love, love-- Char
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Puppet Interviews Gail Carson Levine
While on a book tour supporting the publication of her newest book "A Tale of Two Castles" Gail Carson Levine took a few minutes to speak with City Library Spokespuppet Earl. Gail chats about how she writes her books and even gives tips on how kids can become writers!