Ella Brown is unhappy. Shivering cold in her luxurious bed, she's afraid to get up and light the fire, because she's recently been scolded for doing things servants are supposed to do. New to the castle, Ella is having trouble adjusting to her unfamiliar role: Princess. In this wonderful continuation of the Cinderella story, award-winning author Margaret Haddix imagines a heroine who has gotten what she wants, not through some fairy godmother's magical intervention, but by taking control of her own destiny. The trouble is, now that her dreams are coming true, Ella has serious doubts about what "happily ever after" really means. Just Ella offers young adult listeners a very contemporary take on one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan magically brings life and depth to Ella, who is determined to act on her heart's desires-even when they take her in unexpected directions.
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by Margaret Peterson Haddix
"Ella Brown should be happy, and instead she's miserable. A strong and self-sufficient young woman, she is stifled by life at the palace while awaiting her marriage to Prince Charming. This fractured take on the Cinderella story is not great literature, but Alyssa Bresnahan's robust, unvoiced reading lifts it above the ordinary. Her pacing and pitch perfectly capture the resilient Ella; the simpering ladies-in-waiting; the nasty and not very clever prince; and the smart, just, but wavering Jed to whom Ella turns for help. In the end, Bresnahan makes the listener believe in Ella and her convictions. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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