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Gail Carson Levine

Autor(a) de Ella Enchanted

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About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

(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


Obras por Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (1997) 12,976 exemplares
Fairest (2006) — Autor — 4,190 exemplares
The Two Princesses of Bamarre (2004) 3,826 exemplares
The Wish (1999) 1,405 exemplares
Ever (2008) 1,318 exemplares
Dave at Night (1999) — Autor — 879 exemplares
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (2000) 797 exemplares
The Princess Test (1999) 770 exemplares
The Fairy's Mistake (1999) 740 exemplares
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (1999) 677 exemplares
A Tale of Two Castles (2011) 597 exemplares
The Princess Tales, Volume One (2003) 468 exemplares
Betsy Who Cried Wolf (2002) 392 exemplares
For Biddle's Sake (2002) 318 exemplares
The Fairy's Return (2002) 287 exemplares
The Princess Tales, Volume Two (2004) 277 exemplares
Ogre Enchanted (2018) 268 exemplares
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (2017) — Autor — 206 exemplares
Stolen Magic (2015) 164 exemplares
A Ceiling Made of Eggshells (2020) 88 exemplares
Betsy Red Hoodie (2010) 76 exemplares
Sparrows in the Wind (2022) 22 exemplares
The Spinning Tales 1 (2001) 8 exemplares
Transient (2016) 4 exemplares
Ella enfeitiçada (2004) 2 exemplares
Ogre Enchanted 1 exemplar
Writing is Magic 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Ella Enchanted [2004 film] (2004) — Original book — 372 exemplares
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contribuidor — 272 exemplares
Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: The Graphic Novel (2005) — Introdução, algumas edições122 exemplares
Be Careful What You Wish for Ten Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Brewster, New York, USA
City College of New York
children's book author
young adult writer
welfare administrator
Ginger Knowlton (Curtis Brown)
Nota de desambiguação
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.



Independent Reading Level: 3rd-5th Grade
Awards: Newbery Medal Nominee (1998), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature (1999), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1999), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (2000), Vermont Golden Dome Book Award (1999), Iowa Teen Award (2000), California Young Readers Medal for Middle School/Junior High (2000), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (2000)
isabelcleveland | 397 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
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 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |

I wish my mom read this to me when I was a kid!!!! Ella is so badass.
telamy | 397 outras críticas | Nov 6, 2023 |
No plot whatsoever
libraryofemma | 12 outras críticas | Oct 20, 2023 |



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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
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