In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey' Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.
“A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale.” -School Library Journal (starred review)
“As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers’ hearts.” -ALA Booklist (starred review)