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Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Jan 30, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2005, fairy-tales, childrens, dead-tree, middle-grade
Read in May, 2005

I can't help comparing this book to Ella Enchanted. Both are YA retellings of the Cinderella story. While I prefer Gail Levine Carson's version, I have to appreciate Margaret Peterson Haddix's injection of reality into the traditional fairy tale. No magic, no fairy godmothers, no magic pumpkins. Rather, this is the story of Ella who got to the ball under her own perseverance, and then gets herself out of the palace the same way. It was enjoyable and a good read for all ages. However, I would have liked a more fleshing out of the plot and characters, something that most YA seems to suffer from.
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