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Gail Carson Levine

Teoksen Ella Enchanted tekijä

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(eng) The author name Gail Levine could refer to Gail Carson Levine, OR could refer to Gail Levine-Provost, (whose books are listed on the Gary Provost author page), so please do not combine this name with either.

Image credit: Credit: David Shankbone, Sept. 2007


Tekijän teokset

Ella Enchanted (1997) 12,965 kappaletta
Fairest (2006) — Tekijä — 4,181 kappaletta
The Two Princesses of Bamarre (2004) 3,822 kappaletta
The Wish (1999) 1,407 kappaletta
Ever (2008) 1,320 kappaletta
Lumottu maa vaarassa (2005) 891 kappaletta
Dave at Night (1999) — Tekijä — 879 kappaletta
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (2000) 798 kappaletta
The Princess Test (1999) 773 kappaletta
The Fairy's Mistake (1999) 741 kappaletta
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (1999) 677 kappaletta
A Tale of Two Castles (2011) 597 kappaletta
The Princess Tales, Volume One (2003) 469 kappaletta
Betsy Who Cried Wolf (2002) 391 kappaletta
For Biddle's Sake (2002) 319 kappaletta
The Fairy's Return (2002) 288 kappaletta
The Princess Tales, Volume Two (2004) 276 kappaletta
Ogre Enchanted (2018) 267 kappaletta
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (2017) — Tekijä — 206 kappaletta
Stolen Magic (2015) 164 kappaletta
A Ceiling Made of Eggshells (2020) 86 kappaletta
Betsy Red Hoodie (2010) 76 kappaletta
Sparrows in the Wind (2022) 22 kappaletta
The Spinning Tales 1 (2001) 8 kappaletta
Transient (2016) 4 kappaletta
Ella enfeitiçada (2004) 2 kappaletta
Ogre Enchanted 1 kappale
Writing is Magic 1 kappale

Associated Works

Ella Enchanted [2004 film] (2004) — Original book — 372 kappaletta
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Avustaja — 272 kappaletta
Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: The Graphic Novel (2005) — Johdanto, eräät painokset122 kappaletta
Be Careful What You Wish for Ten Stories (2000) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta

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New York, New York, USA
Brewster, New York, USA
City College of New York
children's book author
young adult writer
welfare administrator
Ginger Knowlton (Curtis Brown)
The author name Gail Levine could refer to Gail Carson Levine, OR could refer to Gail Levine-Provost, (whose books are listed on the Gary Provost author page), so please do not combine this name with either.



A Tale of Two Castles is a refreshing break from the overblown faerie romances and poorly worldbuilt dystopias I’ve encountered lately. I found it intelligent and engaging, with a slowly growing mystery that builds to a satisfying climax. Though aimed at MG readers, it was written with depth and skill, one of those rare books that felt, in a good way, to have been longer and more intricate than it really was. The author, Gail Carson Levine, specializes in MG/YA cozy fantasies; indeed she’s the author of the popular Ella Enchanted, a revisionist take on the Cinderella fairy tale.

The story is about Elodie, a 14-year-old peasant girl departing from her island home to become an apprentice on another island. Her parents hope her to become a weaver, but she has her heart set on becoming an actor, due to the influence of her family’s tenant. Being of humble origins Elodie carries only a few coins, and her arrival at her new home is complicated by the theft of those coins, and the fact that fashionable citizens wear caps, a problem because she now can’t afford one. Other notable residents include a king prone to making cruel practical jokes, his dippy daughter, a friendly ogre and his dog, and a dragon, all of whom Elodie becomes acquainted with as she tries to realize her thespian dreams.

Unlike a lot of the current potboiler YA books, the Medievalism felt accurate (save for the dragon, ogre, and magic, of course.) Clothes and luxuries are in short supply, and expensive; the majority of the market stalls are resellers. Yet, it’s cozy and familiar. Peasants eat small bundles of grains boiled with bits of meat and herbs – the author tells us how delicious they taste. There are rushes on the floor of castle halls and servants sleep there when the feasting is done, bundled in blankets. This is not a threatening world, but it’s not one of endless gowns and balls either.

The dragon was not a threat but a normal, law-abiding citizen known for making hot toasted bread sticks covered with cheese. Mysteriously, the reptile will not indicate its gender and is referred throughout the story as IT. Just like that, in caps. The book was published in 2011 so it’s possibly the first instance of a nonbinary character in children’s fantasy, occurring way before the current gender revisionism. Strangely, I got used to the IT after a while, even with the caps. The word indicated the creature’s uniqueness and the fact it was nonbinary more than either they or it would have. They would have been confusing, and it too nonspecific and disrespectful of the creature’s personhood. I know there are plenty of people out there who would rip me for not comfortable with using they as a nonbinary singular pronoun, but frankly, what works for a legal document or a puff-piece in a news article doesn’t work for fiction, where it’s just too damn confusing.

Elodie, who has second thoughts being apprenticed to the acting troupe, falls into the dragon’s employ where she acts as both housecleaner and spy, for a mystery is afoot at the ogre’s castle. The ogre, despite merely being a well-mannered, giant-size human, is not beloved by the people of the city, and it turns out… surprise! He’s to marry the dippy daughter of the king. But his beloved dog has been kidnapped and without the dog, he has no means to keep the cats of the city at bay, who have the power to force him to transform into a mouse. This rather clunky plot point was the only tweeness in the book, but I could forgive it for what happens after. A cat invades the ogre’s banquet, he becomes a mouse, and the castle is turned upside down as his servants try to find him. Elodie comes under suspicion and is locked in a tower under threat of being poisoned, with her dragon patron nowhere in sight.

I did wind up liking this book much more than I thought I would; for what it was, it was damn well perfect.
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Cobalt-Jade | 39 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |

I wish my mom read this to me when I was a kid!!!! Ella is so badass.
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telamy | 396 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 6, 2023 |
No plot whatsoever
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libraryofemma | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2023 |
That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying child."So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom - and she'll have to obey?

Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.
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PlumfieldCH | 396 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 22, 2023 |



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Mark Elliott Illustrator, Cover artist
Larry Rostant Cover artist
Al Cetta Typographer, Designer
David Christiana Illustrator
Agnès Desarthe Translator
Todd Hobin Narrator
Eric Bowman Cover artist
Hilary Zarycky Cover designer
David Levine Author photo, Author photographer
Greg Call Illustrator, Cover artist
Patrick Faricy Cover artist
Judy York Cover artist
Larissa Lawrynenko Typographer
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