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Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 1999)
I read it in April, 2010.
Why’d I Read It?
Saw it on the library shelf. It’s about Cinderella; I love Cinderella. I love fractured fairy tales maybe even a little bit more.
What I Thought
Well, maybe that wouldn’t be the first word that springs to most people’s minds, but it stems from my love of mixed-up fairy tales. This is the story after the story. What happened after the prince put that shoe on Cinderella’s foot? What if the fairy tale ending wasn’t so “fairy tale” after all?
I love this book’s answer. Turns out it’s pretty tough being an “average” gal who now has to learn to act like a princess. Especially when there are rumors running around that you were helped on your way by a fairy godmother and some magic mice.
It was a very fast read – a couple of hours. Light and easy, but with some wonderful messages. And maybe even a fairy tale ending.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, if you enjoy seeing fairy tales turned on their ears.