Ella Enchanted is a Newberry honor by Gail Carson Levine. It is a re-telling of Cinderella. Ella is a girl who was cursed when she was a mere baby to be obedient to everything. "If someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half, I'd have to do it. And hopping on one foot wasn't the worst order I could be given. If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I'd have to do it."-Ella Enchanted, Chapter One.
When Ella falls in love with Prince Char, she realizes how dangerous it would be for him if she stayed. Someone could order her to assassinate the future king of Frell, and then the kingdom and the boy she loves will be destroyed. Torn between the life she wishes for and saving the man she loves, Ella faces the biggest decision of her life. What will she do? Read the book to find out.
On the book jacket
How can a fairy's blessing 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 fun and exciting.