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by Jennifer Donnelly

This is a retelling of Cinderella told from the point of view of Isabelle, the ugly stepsister.  The story opens with Isabelle’s mother forcing her to cut off her toes so she can fit into Ella’s glass slipper.  Isabelle’s mother tells her that people only want women to be beautiful and sweet and Isabelle is neither of these things.  She loves to be free to run and ride horses and have adventures, so being forced to try (and fail) to conform to these standards, Isabelle becomes hateful and jealous.  When the fairy queen challenges her to find the pieces of her heart it leads her on an adventure where she saves the kingdom and her sister the queen.  Along the way she discovers that real beauty lies in finding your own unique voice. 

Missy S.
July 22, 2020
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