Publication Date: April 25, 1997
Reading Level: Lexile Measure 670L, , Scholastic Guided Reading Level U
Interest Level: Age Range: 8 - 12 years, Grade Level: 3 - 5
Major Awards: Newbery Honor Book
Number of Pages: 240 pages
Approximate Word Count: 73,200 words
Audible Book Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Book Themes: Power, Family, Language, Wealth, Society and Class, Rules and Order, Choices
Genre: fairy tale
Setting: Fictional Setting - Kyrria; the town of Frell
I wished she’d never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.
First Line: THAT FOOL of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift.
Point of View: First Person (Central Narrator of Ella's perspective)