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Gail Carson Levine

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About this author

Just letting you all know: I'm only going to review books I love. There's enough negative criticism without me piling on. A book is too hard to write.

Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail, her husband, David, and their Airedale, Baxter, live in a 1790 farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley...more


First off, I hope to see some of you at the book festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, this weekend. Check the website for details.

This is part of an appeal for help that came into the website late in January from Alyssa: I might say something about a character, and then say something completely opposite that on the next page. For example, I might say that someone does charity work all the time,... Read more of this blog post »
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Ella Enchanted
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 212,401 ratings — published 1997 — 49 editions
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The Two Princesses of Bamarre
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Fairest
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 34,464 ratings — published 2006 — 17 editions
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Ever
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The Fairy's Mistake
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The Princess Test
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Cinderellis and the Glass Hill
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The Wish
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 6,341 ratings — published 2000 — 20 editions
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Loved this book! It's charming and original, and the surprises keep coming. DeJong uses everything to keep up the tension: the main characters, the entire village, an itinerant tinsmith, the weather, geography - he's ingenious. And the little brush-a...more
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I couldn’t put this book down! A strong story about a complicated, utterly believable girl figuring out how to act on the personal stages of family and friendship. The characters are beautifully drawn, especially Callie and her parents. This is an id...more
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City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
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Makes me cry every time I read it. And yet it's very comforting.
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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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I read this a zillion times as a kid. Barrie's notion of childhood bolstered me, let me loosen up - I was too obedient back then. Love his sense of humor, his prose, the way he tantalizes the reader.
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“A library is infinity under a roof.”
Gail Carson Levine

“There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't.”
Gail Carson Levine, Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

“Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory.”
Gail Carson Levine, The Two Princesses of Bamarre

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Autumn Gail wrote: "My pleasure, Madge. Glad you enjoy my books. I hope you're not disappointed in me on Goodreads, though. I tend not to say much."

Not at all! I'm a bit quiet on here too.


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Gail Levine My pleasure, Madge. Glad you enjoy my books. I hope you're not disappointed in me on Goodreads, though. I tend not to say much.


Autumn Thank you for accepting my friend request! Love your books :)


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Gail Levine Sally-Anne--My pleasure. I hope you're not disappointed, though. I tend to be very quiet.


Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) Thanks for the add!


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Gail Levine Thank you!


J๏ђคภภค ~ ωє'яє ƒαℓℓιη' тняσυgн ѕρα¢є, уσυ αη∂ мє I adore Ella Enchanted :D. I also enjoyed The Two Princesses of Bamarre and Fairest. Writing Magic was one of the first books on writing I read, and it has helped me a lot, and really encouraged me to write. Thank you! ;)


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Gail Levine Thank you!


message 1: by Eden

Eden I finished reading your book Ella Enchanted a few days ago and I must say, it was wonderful.

Also, your book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly is very helpful and inspiring.


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