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: Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles) (): Margaret Peterson Haddix, René Milot: Books. Just Ella. The Palace Chronicles, Book #1. American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, ; A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, ; A YALSA Quick Pick for. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – The Cinderella legend gets a realistic twist in this enchantingly believable adventure from New York Times bestselling.

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Read the book to find out. Right away, Ella gets in major trouble just for starting her own fire early in the morning because she was cold. Did you even know there was more than one? The ending was a surprise for me. This is a good introduction into the world of female protagonists who just don’t like being told what to do, and I feel she has the potential to join the ranks of my favorites, like Rose Hathaway and Hermione Granger.

You must never, ever hesitate to disturb a servant. She portrayed the phrase “happily ever after” was not possible wonderfully, using logic. The writing style is clunky and awkward and frustrating.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – review

The story is a retelling of Cinderella with a feminist twist and a different version of the happily-ever-after ending. One of the students pointed out that she doesn’t really give the culture, the world a chance and instead rebels against every single hadrix. Happy to see a fairy tale character that does NOT want a prince.

Ella’s life becomes a meaningless schedule of “princess education,” which she fears she will never grasp. I quote a review on amazon: It took my less then a day to read it was so enjoyable. Don’t let the cover mislead you.


The girl power was weak and not empowering at all. Frustrated, Ella resorts to finding joy in being with two people: It’s so over the top and laughable. Most of the other characters were caricatures: Actually, I’d give it a four and three quarters, if it’s possible.

Being thin is in and being fat makes you ugly? However rumors spread that she used magic because it is easier to believe than the prince falling in love with a commoner. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Uaddix a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Jyst, Illinois. I guess it was just too ‘middle-aged’ for me.

Just Ella – Margaret Peterson Haddix

She didn’t fall in love with the prince himself, and she had to figure out a way to get out of such a loveless hadddix destructive marriage.

Now I’m off to find my Jed Now it wasn’t the fairy tale we all thought, far from it, but I loved the story this author told. Quotes naddix Just Ella. Please help improve this article gaddix adding citations to reliable sources. Surrounded by royal advisers trying to teach her all the rules she will be strangled by for rest of her life, once she marries Prince Haddkx. They have a falling out, however, when she thinks that he is using her to try and realize his dream of a camp for refugees of the Sualan war.

Speaking out against the marriage, and showing that she was not the dainty little girl the palace wanted her to be was what got her into trouble, but that didn’t stop her from removing herself from a dangerous situation, one that made her feel threatened and uncomfortable.

Instead of writing out what would, predictably, happen, she stopped before Ella answers the proposal from you-know-who.



hadddix It’s so improbable, so thoroughly nonsensical, that I could barely stomach it. Ostensibly and really, unless you think about it, Just Ella is a re-telling of the Cinderella. In fact, it’s downright boring for a self-reliant and active girl to do needlework all day or listen to instructions on court etiquette from the strict and cold Madame Bisset.

Is that the message we want to send to our kids? Published March 27th by Simon Pulse first published August 28th Of the three, stupidity is probably his main characteristic. This book is an all-time favorite. My favorite part of this story was hearing about how Ella got to the ball without a fairy godmother.

There is enough done fairly well not to merit a one star review, the narration is didactic but not incomprehensible.

JUST ELLA by Margaret Peterson Haddix | Kirkus Reviews

Haddix and her husband, Doug, now flla in Columbus, Ohio, with their two children. Retrieved from ” https: She was appalled that the girl was let go because she overslept and she was perfectly capable of getting her fire restarted. I finished the novel in less hzddix half a day; I could not read fast enough to reach the end.

A Twist in Time That’s what they’re there for. It’s not otherwise relevant to this book, and its definitely not young adult, but if you like Cinderella, and you have any liking for Victorian fiction, you should definitely check that one out.