Gail Carson Levine’s Newbery Honor-winning novel Ella Enchanted, originally published in 1997, has become a classic in children’s literature. Fans will eagerly return to the kingdom of Kyria for this prequel featuring Evie, a 15-year-old healer. Once again, the fairy Lucinda performs some meddlesome magic, and this time she transforms Evie into an ogre after the girl rejects a proposal of marriage from her best friend, Wormy. Evie is given just 62 days to accept a marriage proposal or she will be forced to remain an ogre forever—an unpleasant prospect since ogres smell bad and have ferocious appetites!
Evie is determined not to eat any humans in her orge form (especially not her mother or Wormy), and she is equally set on regaining her human form by finding someone else who’s willing to propose to her. And to do that, she must learn the art of persuasion. Evie sets off on her quest, and things start to look up (at least for a time) when she meets a handsome merchant named Peter.
In this enchanting story, Evie’s adventures test her resolve in many ways (most especially when it comes to curbing her ogre appetites). But no matter her shape or the size of her meals, she remains true to the call of healing and to her family and friends.