By Gail Carson Levine
How can a fairy's
blessing be this sort of curse?
At her start, Ella of Frell was once the unlucky recipient of a silly fairy's gift--the "gift' of obedience. Ella needs to obey any order given to her, even if it's hopping on one foot for an afternoon and a part, or cutting off her personal head! yet strong-willed Ella doesn't tamely settle for her destiny. opposed to a daring backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, depraved stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella is going on a quest to damage the curse--once and for all.
In this terrific debut novel comes the richly interesting tale of Ella of Frell, who at beginning was once given the reward of obedience by means of a fairy. Ella quickly realizes that this present is little higher than a curse, for the way can she actually be herself if at each time someone can order her to hop on one foot, or bring to a halt her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll need to obey? opposed to a daring tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, depraved stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to wreck the curse as soon as and for all and notice who she rather is is as sharply humorous as Catherine, referred to as Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has the entire marks of a vintage within the making.
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I remembered that the ogres couldn't revive Mother. The horses were again whipped to a gallop. But the ogres would be beyond the sheep in a minute and we'd be at their mercy again. I shouted to Hattie and Olive and to the coachman and footmen. " The coachman understood first and joined my voice with his, shouting words I'd never heard before. Then Hattie began. "Eat me last! " she shrieked. But it was Olive who saved us. Her wordless roar drowned out thought. I don't know how she drew breath; the sound was unending.
Hattie sat on the bed we were all to share. She lifted her feet. "Kneel down and take my slippers off for me, Ella. " Without comment I removed them. My nose filled with the ripe smell of her feet. I carried the slippers to the window and tossed them out. Hattie yawned. "You've only made extra work for yourself. " Olive rushed to the window. " I had to carry the stinking slippers back to our room, but Hattie had to wear them until she was able to get fresh ones from her trunk. After that, she thought more carefully about her commands.
More gnomes came, and we were surrounded. " zhatapH asked. " "Ella spoke to him," Char said, sounding proud of me. " I hesitated. It was one thing to imitate parrots for Simon or to speak to a baby. It was another to sound like a fool in front of this stately lady. ",fwthchor evtoogh brzzay eerth ymmadboech evtoogh brzzaY" I said finally. "No wonder he came with you," zhatapH said. fraecH" zhulpH cried joyously. He squirmed in her arms. A younger gnome woman took the child. " she asked. " I explained about the parrots.