Just Ella Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's the usually Cinderella story. Her father dies and she's stuck as her stepmother's and stepsister's as a servant. Next the Prince throws a Royal Ball, and Cinderella defies her stepmother and goes to the ball. Charming falls head over heels in love and takes her to the Palace.
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For awhile Ella thinks this is her perfect destiny untill her tutor, Jed opens her eyes to what the castle really is. How boring and pointless all the etiqutte and lessons are. Soon she realizes, she doesn't love Prince Charming. But how can she break off the engagement without breaking his heart?

Soon she finds herself friendless and hopless. She has two descions; either rot in prision or get married. With all the time on her hand she hatches a daring plan to escape her fortress. A story of heroism and courage this is not the ordinary Cinderella.   
The review of this Book prepared by Meghan Wotring

A 15-year-old girl is forced to work for her evil stepmother after her father died. Like every commoner she dreams of going to the ball, meeting Prince Charming, and having a luxurious life in a palace. When she is chosen to marry the prince she finds herself trapped in a cobweb of etiquette, and people trying to force her to be something that she is not.
Ella is a headstrong and determined commoner who loves to read and to be outside. She is very smart, and loves to learn when she is interested in something. When she has to learn rules and needlepoint at the castle she feels bored and out of place.
Jed, her tutor and best friend, is also very important in this story. He dreams but never really takes action about anything. An example is that he wants to start a refugee shelter, but since the prince won't fund him, he has almost given up. Now Ella must choose between a life of luxuries and riches or happiness. Can Ella choose what is right and live happily ever after?

The review of this Book prepared by Kristie Crofoot

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love among disparate social classes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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