Ella Enchanted

Levine, Gail Carson

Megan Brink



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Ella~ Ella is a young girl who has a curse. When she was born, a fairy cast a spell on her to be obedient. She has to listen to any command. But that leads her to a lot of trouble. Will she ever let the secret out?

Sir Peter

Sir Peter~ He is the father of Ella. He was always rude to her. He remarries to Dame Olga. He sends Ella off to a finishing school and he is never at home with his family. He sells almost everything just to be rich.


Mandy~ Mandy is the servant in the manor. But she is also the fairy godmother to Ella. She cannot perform big magic, only small. She loves Ella but she doesn't want her getting into trouble.

Prince Char

Prince Char~ The prince of Frell. His father is the king. He meets Ella and soon falls in love with her. He is very outgoing and kind.


The setting took place in Kyrria. But even a smaller town called Frell. It was a place with ogres and fairytale creatures. There were tiny huts for elves and gnomes. And in the forest the elves lived. The ogres lived in large, stony huts with moss growing up the walls. It took place when kings and queens ruled and large palaces with moats still stood.


Ella was born with a curse. A curse that says she has to obey every command she is given. So when she and her mother are sick, their servant, Mandy, tells them to eat this soup with unicorn hair in it. Ella obeys and becomes better. Her mother took the unicorn hair out, and the next day, died. Ella was so sad. But Prince Char soon introduced himself and they became good friends. Ella's father, Sir Peter, sent her off to a finishing school where she made a good friend. But since she had the curse, one girl named Hattie told Ella to stop being friends with this girl. So Ella ran away. But before that, she wrote to Char a lot. He had gone away for a year. He told her that he loved her. But because of the curse, she refused. So he refused to talk to her. Well he was hosting three balls. Ella decided to go but she wore a mask so Char wouldn't recognize her. She danced with him a lot. Until Hattie pulled off her mask. So Ella told Char everything about the curse. They later got married and lived happily ever after!

About the Award

The John Newbery award was established in 1922. Newbery books are written for children to read. On June 22, 1921, Fredrick Melcher gave the award to the children's library section. This award became the first children's award in the world. And it is also the most well known and discussed award in the country. The actual medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan. The bronze medal has the winner's name and the date engraved on the back. Today, the medal is administrated by the Association for Library Service to Children.

About the Author

The John Newbery award was named after the British bookseller, John Newbery. He was called the "Father of Children's literature." He was born July 9, 1713. He died on December 22, 1767 at the age of 54. This award has been given out every year since 1922.

My Thoughts

Ella Enchanted was a very good children's book. It gave plenty of detail and suspense. I was left thinking what would happen next when I got done reading. I think children would really enjoy this book and it fit the criteria well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it.