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Reader reviewed by Dino_girl

Meet Ella, a hard working woman, living with her cruel stepmother and sisters. After the Princes Grand Ball, Ella finds herself engaged to his Royal Highness, young Charming. Now, Ella must survive the rules and restrictions of a palace life. Will our hardworking, rag wearing, Ella be able to coup with a pampered young Prince? Or will she escape from his Royal grasp?

Just Ella is a good book to curl up in a chair, and read just before bed. This story relates to that of Cinderella, but is far more interesting than a childs Fairy Tale. It is a tale of truth, lies, love, betrayal, and most of all freedom. This book is a must read for teenagers, because it holds most of their interests.
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Just Fabulous!
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Reader reviewed by Swayze

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of the best young adult books I have read.  Many of my 7th grade students (mostly girls) borrowed this book before I had a chance to read it.  I am so glad I took the time to read this unexpected delight of a book.  

Haddix's story of Cinderella, after she has moved into the Charming castle, allows readers a glimpse into a fairy tale gone wrong.  While being broken in like a wild horse, Ella finds out that she might not want her new royal life.  Through various life lessons and experiences, Ella discovers who she is truly meant to be.  Haddix includes something for everyone - action, adventure, romance, self-realization.  This surprising coming-of-age story is one that I will definitely recommend to my female students.  Cinderella has a new happy ending! 

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Now, now, i would not say better than ella enchanted
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Reader reviewed by Tamanna

Ok, ha, but I would not say it is better than Ella Enchanted, though this book is somewhat good. First of all, nothing about princesses and them digging out is very REAL, and secondly, Ella in Ella enchanted also had guts, her spell just stopped her. Ella Enchanted is much more exciting because it also grabs the reades attnetion in the beginning. So, no, I say ELLA ENCHANTED is better!
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the real cinderella fairy tale
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Reader reviewed by chickbox

jusft ella is a great book! it is realistic and well written. it was so awesome how it ends! i really want to buy this book.if you like kick ass heroines this book is deffenetly for you!
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A Classic Cinderella Story
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Reader reviewed by Mary

What if Prince Charming was really Prince Boring? What if Cinderella no longer wanted to marry Prince Charming after he proposed? Margaret Peterson Haddix continues the tale of Cinderella in this story.

Ella thought that her dreams had come true when Prince Charming had proposed to her. But she was wrong. Prince Charming is a dull, boring man. She misses the old days when there were things that had to be done-although she doesn`t really miss her stepsisters. Ella is a strong character and so soon voices her concerns to the Prince. And in a hilarious scene she is locked in a prison until the wedding. Will Ella be able to escape?


This is an excellent retelling. Ella is a spunky heroine who is determined to get what she wants. After many hilariously told setbacks, the story ends in true fairy tale style- with a happily ever after.
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Read it a couple years ago...
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Reader reviewed by Ally

This book is is all about after Cinderella's ball. And as it turns out, there was no fairy godmother. No magic. Just luck and the help of a few friends. And now that ellas at th palace, she comes to find that she had mistaken adventure for love and desprately needs a way out of her engagment. Cute story, shows there are two sides to everything. i'd recommend this for someone 10 or 11...
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Just Great!
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Reader reviewed by Kyra

What ever happens after "Happily Ever After"? Is being a princess all its cracked up to be?

In this book, Ella, the main character, dances one night with the man of her dreams. He then takes her backt o his palace, and they get engaged. Happily Ever After? Not quite.Being a princess is really droll, and Ella only gets a limited period of time witht the prince, and someone is always listening in. Even worse, Ella is falling in love with someone else at the palace, and that could be a grave error. What will she do? 

I liked this book, staring at the front cover for 5 mintues. Its was a nice fallow-up to Cinderella's story. It shows Cinderella's stronger side and it makes you cheer everytime she accomplishes something that isn't princess like, making her break the bias against pretty, frail princesses. I would recommend this book to 10-14 year olds (approx. 4th-9th graders)
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A whoel new meaning to the name cinder-ella
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Reader reviewed by Val

I thought this book was great because it wasn't like so many of the happy ever after abridged versions of cinderella. It bringsawhoel new menaing to the name cinder-ella. In total Maragret Peterson Haddix style this novel tells the story of an intelligent woman who niavely mistakes a fling for love. She is entranced by the glamorous and seemingly graceful prince but when she becomes engaged to him she realizes that not all fairytales are what they seem. This Ella isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes and is empowering to girls. SHe plans her escape and doesn't hesitate to get down and dirty literally! After I read this novel I could't help but laugh because the author managed to make every aspect that is told in the original story not what it seemed. The important things in the fairy tale like the prince fitting the glass shoe is somewhat trivial. Overall, I would definitely say read this book.
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Another Cinderella Story
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Reader reviewed by LJK

With Just Ella, Margaret Peterson Haddix joins the ranks of the many authors who have recently rewritten the Cinderella story. The difference here is that Haddix begins her story after Ella has won the heart of Prince Charming; the only problem is that he isn't so charming, and Ella isn't living a fairy tale life. Life in the castle is stiffling (she can't even go outside!) and Ella soon discovers that little exists behind Charming's pretty face. The question is: can she do anything about it?

Although there were times in this book when I had Ella Enchanted and Ever After in my head, Haddix does a nice job of telling what comes after the fairy tale. Ella needs more strength and courage to escape the palace than she did to get into it in the first place. There are some fairly scary moments (a rapist for a jailer?) that make this book inappropriate for very young children, but others will enjoy the mix of adventure and romance.
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A Twist on Cinderella
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Reader reviewed by Ellery

Ella has her Prince Charming with just one hitch.  Everyone is telling her what she should do when she becomes a princess.  Her personal maid, Madame Bisset, always has a heart attack every time she does something from her old life.  Those stunts eventually put her into the dungeon for about 4 months.  She escapes to a refugee farm where her true love, Jed, was sent.  She stays there for the rest of her life as a refugee helper.
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