Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (NY: Scholastic, 1997).
This fabulous Newbery Honor novel--a take on the Cinderella story--features Ella as a girl cursed by a fairy at birth to obey any command she receives. Ella's mother and nurse protect her from many of the evils of this odd curse for a good part of her life, but when her mother dies and her dad remarries, Ella faces difficult times. Readers will delight in noticing how Levine intertwines elements of the classic Cinderella into this tale of triumph through adversity.
I read a lot, especially kid and young adult lit. This blog will review what I've been reading. I get most of my reading material from the library, plus I buy books at school book fairs and the usual stores. I look for freebies on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm happy to review any ARCs or e-galleys I can get my hands on.