Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift of obedience! Ella can't wait to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she can be herself. But it just isn't that easy when she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, betray her kingdom, marry a prince . . .
Ella's quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant and truly enchanting tale set against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters and fairy godmothers.
A Newbery Honor winner.