by Margaret Peterson Haddix
And they lived happily ever after. So ends the classic tale of
. But what if they didnt live happily ever after? What if it
wasnt a fairy godmother, but her own determination to make her own way
into the world, that got Ella to the ball? And what if it wasnt true
love, but short-lived infatuation, that made swept the misused orphan
girl into Prince Charmings arms? What if he wasnt so charming...what
if, in fact, Ella changed her mind about wanting to marry him?
Thats what this story is about. Instead of magic, you have the grit of
one girl who is determined not to be stifled by the proper place for
women in the manners of a medieval castle. Instead of the
rags-to-riches story of the cinder-girl who becomes the princes bride,
you have the riches-to-rags story of a reluctant princess whose dream
turns into a nightmare. And instead of a coach turning into a pumpkin at
the stroke of midnight, you have a long, desperate journey under cover
For a truly original take on the Cinderella story, with a modern heroine
struggling against medieval constraints, enjoy this brief novel from the
author of Running Out of Time.
Recommended Age: 13+
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