Just Ella Published 1999Buy the Book

Just Ella

The Palace Chronicles, Book #1

  • American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1999
  • A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 2000
  • A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2000
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2000
  • International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, 2001
  • Readers' Choice Award for Teen Books Finalist, 2003
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 2005

In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming’s proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

“This cleverly done book would make a good read-aloud for younger children, an addition to units on myth and fairy tales at the middle-school level, and will also entertain high school students and lead them to Haddix’s other, more contemporary works.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A provocative and entertaining novel.”
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