Monday, July 18, 2016

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison - ESSENTIAL

Morrison, Megan Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2), 416 pages.  Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), OCTOBER 2016.  Content: G.

Some would say that Ella Coach led a fairy tale life.  Her father created a fashion that has earned their family, including her stepmother, stepbrother, and stepsister, a fortune.  But Ella is more concerned about the crushing life lead by the workers who make the fashions for the wealthy of the Blue Kingdom.  Prince Dash and generations of his forefathers were cursed by the witch Envearia to be smarmy and charming and unfaithful.  With her death, he is now free, but he has no idea what to do now that he has to speak for himself.  Add in two earnest fairy godfathers, a corrupt head fairy godmother to the cast of characters.

Morrison takes another fairy tale and turns it on its head in an inventive and thought-provoking way, without losing the charm of the original.  Ella Coach is a strong-willed, engaging female lead.

EL, MS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Our 7th grade used to do a Cinderella project, so I'm always looking for retellings. This looks good, and I will be prepared if they start doing the unit again. Thanks!