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Hi, Gail! I first wanted to say what an AMAZING author you are! I just finished Ella Enchanted, and it was a wondrous story! I loved it. I just have one question about it though. In the end, Ella mentioned that she refused to become a princess. Why is this? and I didn't think it possible since she married the prince and will be the queen one day. I loved the book thoroughly, but ever since I finished it, I've always had this thought.

Truthfully Yours,
Mauriele Fields:-D
# 2856 - Mauriele Fields 02/16/2021 - 23:11 - City: Kansas City - State: Missouri - Country: United States
To Rae, Robyn, Claire, and Maddie, Thank you very much!

To Jackie--Argh! I wrote FAIREST years after I wrote ELLA, which I reread before I started writing but I forgot Areida's siblings. It's a mistake, and you are--after all these years--the first to mention it. I never realized! Thank you for letting me know! And I'm so glad you enjoy my books!
# 2855 - Gail Carson Levine 02/09/2021 - 19:30 - City: - State: - Country:
Mrs. Levine,
Thank you for your stories, especially Ella Enchanted. I read it for the first time in third grade and even now as a 26 year old I still read it every summer. I'm so passionate about learning languages and I trace it back to Ella and her dictionary! Growing up, she was the first female protagonist I ever read who didn't care about being beautiful and graceful. She was clumsy and rebellious, and best of all she was intelligent and strong! Thank you for giving us Ella; I love her in my soul.
# 2854 - Rae 02/05/2021 - 20:54 - City: Sacramento - State: CA - Country: USA
Dear Mrs. Carson Levine,
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed your books as a child and even now as an adult. The first book of yours I ever read was The Two Princesses of Bamarre. My friendly local librarian gave it to me, and it was a frequent check out and favorite of mine. I always admired Addie's courage, and I hope that I've grown to be a little like her. Thank you for writing and giving young girls strong figures to admire.
# 2853 - Robyn 02/04/2021 - 21:01 - City: Durham - State: NC - Country: USA
Dear Gail Carson Levine,

Some books are just lines on a page, but your book Ella Enchanted gives me a glimpse of what life would be like if I were forced to be someone that I’m not. This book spoke to me especially because like Ella when something gets me down, I do not just give up, I get right back up and keep on fighting. Your book Ella Enchanted showcased to me that in life there are going to be obstacles that come your way and you will need a great deal of determination to overcome them and keep moving forward.

The first thing that really caught my eye was that Ella was able to overcome all the obstacles that came her way. I was impressed by how Ella found a way to get herself out of the clutches of ogres. This part of the book spoke to me because she showed that there is no obstacle too big to overcome.

Another thing that really stuck with me throughout this book was how Ella didn't let fear run her life, she used her determination to get her where she wanted to be. The way Ella thought she would not make it in time to the wedding to get to, but she never let her determination slip and made it just in time. This shows that when you think you can’t do something, never lower your head and keep on going so you accomplish it. This shows determination. In life I have been in a spot when I needed determination to get me through a big test that needed to be completed. With determination I was able to finish and get a great grade on it.

The final thing that popped out to me in your novel was to have the ability to keep moving forwards in life. Ella showed me that moving forward is a part of growing up in life because when she had not managed to get rid of her curse it did not stop her from keeping her head high and moving forward. Later in the book I had found out that the curse had been broken over true love's kiss. This showed me that when something bad happens in life you can’t “Dwell on the past you have to focus on the present”. I have gone through a bit of a rough patch with my friend group, we were getting mad at each other for the littlest of things. I was able to move forwards and find different people to hang out with and they ended up being better friends to me then I had before.

All of these qualities show how Ella is a girl that when obstacles come her way she has a great deal of determination to keep herself moving forward in life. The reason I got pulled to read this book is because like me, Ella does not just give up at the first site of trouble, she keeps on going through the hard time that happen in life. Thank you for creating the character Ella, she has opened my eyes to how strong you have to be to be able to make it through life.


Claire VanderWeele, Grade 8
# 2852 - Claire VanderWeele 02/04/2021 - 08:20 - City: Hudsonville 49420 - State: Michigan - Country: United States of America

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