Category: 8 and up

Just Ella, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A terrific take on the aftermath of the Cinderella story, which finds Ella in a castle taking princess classes and engaged to a man she barely knows. In this tale, Ella got to the ball with her own gifts and skills ( no fairy godmothers involved) and she has to get out of a bad situation using her brains as well. Rousing and empowering, for ages 9 and up.