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Ella-we know the story of how she got to be in the palace but she hxddix having a hard time conforming to the way the royals did things. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good fairytale, especially one that has never been told before quite like this before. Jed, being of the lower classes and having to work, is of course a wonderful person And a social activist? This book is an elka favorite. Inconsistent, whiny, and altogether unlikeable main character.

They are there to look pretty and to wait for the men to need them 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. She also hdadix that the prince is really not so great.

There was no “fairy godmother or magic. Jun 29, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. I realize that the book is written meant for teens and of course it will be scissored to suit the market but what is up with the prince? No magic, no fairy godmothers, no magic pumpkins. It puts the moral first. I wonder if this is before or after he falls in love – no, this must be after because he does say that he falls in love at first sight.

Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, with their two children. Mar 01, Jerry rated it liked it.

Ella’s life becomes a meaningless schedule of “princess education,” which she fears she will never grasp. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

View all 6 comments. She was a beautiful orphan in the care of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and her fairy godmother helped her get ready for the Prince’s ball. Jennifer Daniels She isn’t queen yet, just engaged to Prince Charming.


In the original fairy tales, the tale came first, and its a testament to the strength of those tales that they are capable of so many reworkings, with so many slightly different morals, all arising from basically the same material. Of the three, stupidity is probably his main characteristic.

For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk—and no ladylike behavior allowed. Instead of creating an interesting take on how happily ever after may not be as easy as it seems, it becomes a terrible trap because everyone aside from Ella and her two friends is either so amazingly vapid Charming, the ladies in jusstso terribly concerned with tradition Lord Restonor just needlessly cruel the stepmother and Madame.

Just Ella by Margret Haddix is a great book that takes place in the time of kings and queens. Kimberly Wick yes this is a very good book for anyone who likes girls rights and a good fairy tale gone wrong it is very good book to read and I recommend it for at …more yes this is a very good book for anyone who likes girls rights and ujst good fairy tale gone wrong it is very good book to read and I recommend it for at least 7th grade and up because there are some “unpleasant” words especially for young readers less.

Just Ella – Margaret Peterson Haddix

The characters here are all either good or evil, ellaa as in any fairy tale. She did needlepoint to the point she thought she was going to go mad. I thought that was poorly done. They exist solely to serve us. The story is a retelling of Cinderella with a feminist twist and a different version of the happily-ever-after ending.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – review

Of course, it’s frustrating, but it gives you the freedom to imagine whatever kind of ending you want it to be. Not her writing, which isn’t as impressive as some writers; not her characters, who are not diverse; not her plot, which is quite predictable; but the way she expressed her opinions about some world-issue through her stories.


I can;t go into to much more or the story will be ruined if you haven’t read this book yet. This book is not set in modern times. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Just Ella is another reimagining of the Cinderella story, where all the fairy godmother, magical coaches and talking mice are reassigned to gossip in the court because the truth of the matter is nobody would believe that Cinders-Ella had fixed a dress, ran to the ball and done it all on her own.

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 hadfix a fairy tale for reference purposes, consult Propp’s Fairy Tale morphology does it still remain a fairy tale?

The story opens and Ella Brown is already a princess in the royal palace, engaged to be married to the most beautiful man she has ever seen, Prince Charming. So maybe the palace would be OK if Ella ever had a momen Ella is stuck.

As a kid I never questioned it or even as an adult but haddiix book helped answer those questions that you might have been wondering.


Will Ella change her mind? Quotes from Just Ella. I like this story. Her young tutor Jed, however, talks with her about serious things that really matter. He was encouraged to marry her because she was the most beautiful girl in the land and he needed to be married before Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Worst of all, Ella is beginning to suspect that Charming’s beautiful blue eyes and golden hair are attached to a head with nothing in it.

One of the students pointed out that she doesn’t really give the culture, the world a chance and instead rebels against every single thing. But it was so jut with the character cliche.