When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.
Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.
But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.
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This book was a great retelling of Cinderella. I loved the dual POV from Eleanor and Ben. It made the book more enjoyable. I loved the steampunk and setting of the late 1800's. The addition of magic and superstition also made the book very entertaining.
This story was also enhanced by the fact that it deals with the themes of class differences and gender equality. Both of these made the book more up to par in my book. This was such a great book for teen readers! However I think it would also work for higher Middle School!
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Great retelling for those in High Middle School lower High School
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