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No, she did not have a fairy godmother to help her get to the ball and woo the Prince, but the entire palace sure believes that story. You can’t have happy if you don’t have sadness.

The girl power was weak and not empowering at all. Of course it’s going to be a challenge, especially growing up having to become a slave to her stepmother after her father died. Will Ella change her mind? In her “real” version of the night of the ball, there is no fairy godmother. As the reader I picked up on things way quicker than Ella did and I had to wait pages for her to catch up.

Lists with This Book. He was encouraged to marry her because she was the most beautiful girl in the land and he needed to be married before The story takes place months before the wedding, and Ella is forced to learn how to become more of a lady.

You must never, ever hesitate to disturb a servant.

Apr 28, Kira Simion rated it liked it Shelves: About Margaret Peterson Haddix. She was reprimanded for doing such a thing and the maid in charge of doing that was dismissed. The girls were separated shortly before the queen’s death, entrusted hadrix the royal knights.

Refresh and try again. Ever wonder what happened after the prince put that glass slipper on Cinderella’s foot? Jennifer Daniels She isn’t queen yet, just engaged to Prince Charming.


Will she find a way out? Instead, the book ended up colorless and passive. However, as one of my fellow seminar participants pointed out, when a tale has done away with everything that has to do with fairies and all other things that make up a fairy tale for reference purposes, consult Propp’s Fairy Tale morphology does it still remain a fairy tale?

Surrounded by royal advisers trying to eloa her all the rules she will be strangled by for rest of her life, once she marries Prince Charming. Jun 29, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: Don’t get me wrong, I hate writing bad reviews.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – review

Sep 28, Duffy Pratt rated it liked it Shelves: Rather, Ella acts on her own and changes her world. They made the plot more lively and less boring. Cinderella complex Cinderella effect The Cinderella Movement. Life can’t be perfect, so give up trying to perfect it, but still do the best you can about it.

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This book jyst place as an after-telling of what happens. Ella thinks this is the dream life but when shes gets a taste of what the palace life really is like she changes her mind. I would recomend this book to anyone how likes the time of kings and queens.

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This is a good introduction into the world of haddis protagonists who just don’t hadix being told what to do, and I feel she has the potential to join the ranks of my favorites, like Rose Hathaway and Hermione Granger. Archived from the original on He also mentions that he does not want his father’s position and may escape like she did, but wants to wait and see if he can use whatever power he has to end the Sualan war before he does.


I went to bed to read, open this up and did not go haddxi sleep until Jus was done. Maybe it’s just me then. Even simple things, such as starting a fire in the fireplace, or changing her own clothes, are off limits. A retelling of Cinderella ellla, without fairy Godmother and the magic pumpkin.

She had ideas and dreams and it was more then needlepoint and etiquette classes but she was to be seen and not heard. This is the eloa book I’ve read in a good long while that I’ve genuinely disliked; I was surprised to realize this is by the same author who wrote the Shadow Children series, which I’ve never read but have heard good things about.

Is it possible to hate the writing but love the characters and the plot? Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. My favorite part of this story was hearing about how Ella got to the ball without a fairy godmother. You’ve heard the fairy tale: See all 8 questions about Just Ella…. It has some redeeming qualities and some good humor but overall is not a book that I would ever read again or recommend.


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I can;t go into to much more or the story will be ruined if you haven’t read this book yet. You can’t at peace forever if there isn’t some anger or ugliness. Aug 03, Reggie rated it did not like it. And one night, when she was alone in A retelling of Cinderella story, without fairy Godmother and the magic pumpkin.

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