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Dear Gail,
I've just finished reading The Two Princesses of Bamarre again. The last time I read it was several years ago when I was ten or so, and I remember having difficulty understanding the novel at that time. I initially read it after my mom read me Ella Enchanted the first time, and I wanted to explore your other books. I am so grateful Bamarre stuck in my head, because rereading it was a wonderful experience. I've just begun to get back into reading for pleasure, as a recent college graduate, and this was the perfect book to rope me back in to the magical worlds books create (I finished it in one sitting!) I will be reading Bamarre many more times, and will explore your other book set in the same world as soon as the library can get it!
I would also like to thank you for your first novel, Ella Enchanted. I've always been a fan of a good Cinderella story, especially Ever After and the Rogers and Hammerstein musical adaptation, but your variation of the story has always been my favorite. You don't even reveal the Cinderella part of it until the reader has already become completely invested in the plot, and you give some much-needed explanation of why the glass slipper, 1) never broke, and 2) couldn't fit any of the other maidens in the kingdom.
Ella Enchanted has been so consistent in my life--a book I've owned since childhood and one of the few novels I kept in my dorm rooms through college. My copy is now (more than) slightly tattered and well-loved, which just goes to show how often I take it out and read bits and pieces of it when I need to feel a bit of magic and hope.
Thank you again for the sparkle with which you've infused your books.
# 2687 - Kellie Asher 06/12/2018 - 22:35 - City: Minneapolis - State: Minnesota - Country:
Just this year I have started reading your books. Most of my life I have hated reading but since I have found your books I Started Loving reading more and more. It used to take me weeks to read a book all the way through when I found your books I was able to read them within 2 days I just love reading them so much. Your fairy tales and stories make your readers feel like they transported into the story and it is truly Amazing thank you for all the work you put in your books. I'm reading your book writer to writer right now because I would like to start writing. You have inspired me.

Thank you.

# 2686 - I'm Sophia 06/06/2018 - 14:58 - City: Nampa - State: Idaho - Country: USA
Corinna Brose–Thank you! And good luck with your college applications and, after that, with college and your writing and art! (I am MUCH shorter than slightly below average.)

Emily J. Watkins–I’m delighted you’re enjoying WRITER TO WRITER! Mostly, the prompts are at the end of the chapters. Good luck with your dragon adventure series!

Emma–Thank you!

Hannah–Thank you! Among other things, I look at baby-naming sites online and, for places, maps. Sometimes I use names of people I know or have known.

Fletcher–Thanks for letting me know!

Colton Whitford–Thank you!
# 2685 - Gail Carson Levine 05/20/2018 - 17:40 - City: - State: - Country:
Hi, I am reading your book, Ella Enchanted,for book club. It is very interesting. Thank you for such a great book.

Colton Whitford
Cross Plains, WI
# 2684 - Colton Whitford 05/18/2018 - 13:28 - City: Middleton - State: Wisconsin - Country: USA
Dear Gail,

The other day, I pulled down my copies of The Princess Tales to lend to a friend, and it gave me an irresistible urge to reread Fairest. I first read that novel when I was 11 years old--I'm 23 now! Though the dust jacket says ages 8-14, the story struck me even more than did when I was younger. I wanted to say thank you for writing a protagonist like Aza, because she means so much to me personally. Her appearance sounds almost exactly like mine, and I've been equally ashamed of it my whole life, so to see her still successful, happy, and beloved brought me to tears. She was my hero in junior high and now my hero again--as are you, for writing a character the likes of which I haven't found elsewhere. Thank you.

# 2683 - Fletcher 05/11/2018 - 22:19 - City: - State: - Country:
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