“After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in the entire kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you’ll never forget.”
Have you ever noticed in the reading of old fairy tales there is a certain cadence and rhythm to the words that seem to take you away to another time and place. It’s hard to recreate and yet somehow Melissa Lemon has done it with Cinder and Ella.
Imaginative and creative this spin on the original tale will leave you appreciating what can be done to a cherished classic by a talented author. This will be like no other Cinderella tale you have ever heard. Don’t look for the fairy God Mother to pop up with a magical carriage but do expect a certain level of magic. Perhaps one even deeper and more meaningful than those you may have been told of in the past….perhaps even as deep as the roots of the oldest trees.
Oh and did I mention Cinderella is actually two different people? A plethora of changes backed by solid and talented writing has brought forth a new twist on an old classic for a new generation. A spin definitely worth taking a look at again.
Cinder and Ella will be released on November 8, 2011 from Cedar Fort.
In the meantime check out the author Melissa Lemon on Twitter.
The Challenge: “Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time IV criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play. Love the story, love the films, love the idea of that magical night of the year and so this is my chance to promote the reading of this farcical love story.” -Stainless Steel Droppings
( March 21, 2010 – June 20, 2010)
My Challenge Results:
1.) Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper (Fantasy/Folklore)
2.) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Fantasy/Folklore)
3.) Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Fantasy/Folklore)
4.) Dracula by Bram Stoker (Folklore)
5.) My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (Fantasy/Contemporary Fiction)
*William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
I feel like this year I took “Fantasy and Fairy Tale” in a different directions than I have in the past. With such a plethora of books out right now dealing with the supernatural in terms of vampires and werewovles and the occasional children’s librarian turned vampire thrown in…I found a few of those books making it into my challenge pile. Which in truth makes sense since we all know Fairy Tales in actuality are quite dark. My very last book was also a stretch of a different type for this challenge.
One might look at the title and think how in the world could Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory fit this challenge. But in my mind it fit it perfectly. It was fairy tale of sorts that spanned enormous amounts of time and played with idea of memory and re-incarnation in very fanciful and yet brutal ways. I found it the perfect book to round out this challenge. In closing getting to re-read some Shakespeare was much needed. I need to do it more, it’s like a soothing cup of tea before bed and something I greatly miss. All in all a great challenge this year and I look forward to it next year.
-Thanks to Carl V at Stainless Steel Droppings as always for being a great host.
The time has almost come for Stainless Steel Droppings….Once Upon a Time Challenge IV! I have had this one on my calendar for quite some time. This is my first year with this challenge, I just barely missed it last year. The challenge centers around the magic that can be evoked by the written word in four main genres: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale and mythology. As with most challenges there are differing levels for any reader and I encourage you all to join and take part in a great reading experience. I will be signing up for the Quest the Third Level which entails:
“Fulfill the requirements for Quest the First:Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time IV criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play. Love the story, love the films, love the idea of that magical night of the year and so this is my chance to promote the reading of this farcical love story.”
I am extremely excited especially to add some mythology to my reading lists…it has long been one of my favorite subjects. I took as many classical mythology classes as I could in college…trying to learn Ancient Greek however seemed to stop me in my tracks! For this challenge I am thinking possibly to re-read The Iliad and possibly Antigone which have long been favorites and also some new fantasy. I am also very excited about re-reading some Shakespeare and possibly catching a version of the play that is performed outside yearly here. I am open to suggestions if you have any must read books that will fit the criteria. I love book suggestions just as much as I love giving them. I often feel that I must be missing something…so comments are welcome! The fourth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge officially begins on Sunday, March 21st and ends June 20th but sign up has already begun. Enjoy your journey! And to start you on your path below is one of my favorite quotes about fairy tales:
“For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image; but behind it we soon discover the inner turmoils of our soul – its depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.” -Bruno Bettelheim The Uses of Enchantment
When one thinks of fairy tales…one might not automatically think of Charlotte Bronte or even the illustrious Bronte sisters at all. However at a very young age the Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell created many worlds of their own in which imaginative characters and unbelievable places abounded. Many of these stories began with the simple imaginings of a group of toy soldiers. With villains by the name of Naughty and Pigtail….The Foundling is one such of the many stories they created. Charlotte Bronte wrote The Foundling at the tender age of seventeen. It’s setting Verdopolis and mixture of wild and mildly harmless characters creates a world similar to that in Gulliver’s Travels in my mind. Introduce a love story, a mysterious orphan with obvious royal parentage and one has a fairy tale worthy of any I have ever been honored to read. While often overlooked The Foundling is yet another testament to the imagination and talent of the Bronte sisters. Next on my list is The Green Dwarf, yet another often neglected Charlotte Bronte work. I must confess Jane Eyre remains to this day my comfort book, a book I go to numerous times a year to re-read. It makes me feel safe, comfortable and at home but Charlotte Bronte’s other books must not be overlooked.
However I cannot help but mention that I am very excited about the new production of Jane Eyre of which I have been following casting. In my mind there can never be too many although Cirian Hinds will always be my Mr. Rochester. The production in scheduled to appear in 2011 and I know will be eagerly awaited by so many of us. In the meantime it is nice to know there are stories like The Foundling hiding in my library shelves just waiting for discovery.