Cinder and Ella
author: Melissa Lemon
to be published: November 2011
Cinder and Ella is a new version of Cinderella. Cinder is one girl, Ella is her sister. The book opens with promises. Four sisters live in a small cottage. Katrina is a bossy one. Cinder is generally a people-pleaser. Ella, well, sad to say, no one in their village remembers Ella's name because everyone adores Cinder. The youngest is eleven years old and so Spoiled that her family must dress and spoon feed her.
Their father leaves mysteriously in the first chapter. Yes, we eventually find out why. Soon even their own mother forgets Ella. Ella who? Cinder, then Ella, leave home. The book includes a castle, a prince, knights, and sword fights galore. There's a legend about trees. The cover is awesome because of the tree on it.
One person is so evil, our author describes it wonderfully,
"in the practice of evil -- murders, stealing the virtue of women, stealing riches and possessions, stealing souls. All of these things were done by proxy. It was his sick delight to see someone else hurt another, bringing about ruin to both the doer and the receiver."
Great discussion questions at the end of the book add much to ponder.
I asked Melissa Lemon the author, "Where did you come up with the name Katrina? I kept wondering if she was named for the hurricane."
She replied: "It just popped into my head at the right moment and seemed to fit. Sometimes I go through name after name until I get it right, but Katrina just worked from the start. I didn’t name her for the hurricane, but I can see why that would make sense. I also have a friend named Katrina and I hope she knows I didn’t name my character after her."
Melissa adds, "All of the interview questions have been fun to answer. I especially love the random ones, so here’s something random: I’m not fond of swimming and even have a fear of deep, dark waters and large sea animals, especially whales (eerie) and sharks (terrifying)."
Hmmmm, this might make a good topic in Melissa's next book --- she could easily show the dangers of the sea.
You can learn more about Melissa and her book by checking the calendar for the Blog Tour. Some blogs are giving away the book, FUN!