"Blessed" with the gift of obedience…
This is Ella of Frell. As a baby, the fairy Lucinda gave Ella obedience. To Lucinda this was a gift; Ella sees it as a curse. The “gift” of obedience means that if Ella is told to do something (for example, “Eat your cake, Ella”) she has to do that task. She has kept this a secret, has had to, so that her “gift” isn’t used against her, but with her father remarrying, gaining two step-sisters and becoming friends with Charming, the handsome Prince, keeping the curse a secret is getting more difficult. Ella is determined to have Lucinda take back her gift before she is forced to do something disastrous.
Gail Carson Levine’s Newberry Honor book is a modern day classic, a story each young girl should read. During Ella’s struggle to fight her “gift” and her adventures in finding Lucinda readers will be inspired by Ella’s determination, strength and persistence. Her kindness and open-mindedness teaches tolerance of those who are different and misunderstood. All of these characteristics help Ella grow, fight, and find happiness.
September 18, 2014