Stepsister

Stepsister

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Isabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a choice and the opportunity to change her fate--there will be blood and danger, but also the possibility of redemption and triumph, and most of all the chance to find her true self.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781338268461
1338268465
9781338268478
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm

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Isabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a choice and the opportunity to change her fate--there will be blood and dang... Read More »

Isabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a choice and the opportunity to change her fate--there will be blood and dang... Read More »

"Printz Honor winner Donnelly offers up a stunningly focused story that rips into the heart of familiar fairy tale. Isabelle [is] a shattered but not unreedemable girl with a warrior's heart." -- Booklist, starred review An instant New York Times bestseller! A Seventeen Best of the Yea... Read More »


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LadyKatka
Jun 04, 2020

Ever feel like two ancient and powerful immortals are just jerking you around? Well you should, because they probably are.

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I went in with fairly low expectations and liked this book more and more as I read on. I didn't really care for Fate, which is a shame, but she did sort of take away from the story a bit. I actually preferred to just read about Isabelle, and not think about what Fate and Chance were doing to "force" or "guide" her down a certain path.

Overall, it is a decent tale for one of the Ugly Stepsisters, a little predictable in places but enjoyable.

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ClaireG_1
Mar 28, 2020

I think that this is a wonderful continuation of the Cinderella story. Jennifer Donnelly develops the characters and the world in a thoughtful and entrancing way. I would definitely recommend this book to any fairytale enthusiasts.

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CookiesNCream_
Mar 02, 2020

I love seeing fairy tales from the side of the "villain" and this book based off of the original darker side of Cinderella was really enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

IndyPL_LoriO Jan 04, 2020

I loved this continuation of the Cinderella story, which humanizes the “ugly stepsisters” and Cinderella herself. The book does suffer slightly from hitting the reader over the head repeatedly with its themes, but overall I enjoyed the even plotting and strong character development. It was nice to root for all the girls in the story rather than being forced to root for one while demonizing the rest. Highly recommended!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 07, 2019

A unique "sequel" to Cinderella for difficult, hard-to-pigeonhole women and girls. A reminder that it is our job to define ourselves, not the people around us.

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lola_jane
Aug 03, 2019

A Cinderella re-telling from the point of view of the ugly stepsister where the magic, love, danger and adventure were overshadowed by the rather heavy-handed attempts to get certain messages across. The ideas - fate versus agency, being true to oneself, equality - are all great messages for a young adult novel but the lack of subtlety pulled me out of the story.

WoodmontTeens May 06, 2019

Brings dimensions to the "evil stepsisters" of Cinderella and throws in some action. A good addition to the fractured fairy tale genre.

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CookiesNCream_
Mar 02, 2020

Isabelle, one of the ugly stepsisters, cut off her own toes so she could fit her foot into the glass slipper. However, it ends up being beautiful, charming, sweet Ella who gets to marry the prince and Isabelle who is forced to live with the consequences of maiming herself. She desperately searches for the pieces of her heart so she can get her one true wish - but that wish turns out to be different than she thinks. Isabelle struggles through pain and heartache and proves how brave she can truly be in an empowering tale told by Jennifer Donnelly.

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Sibelle60
Jun 11, 2019

What if everyone planned for a future you choose not to live?

I’ve been a reading jag lately – looking for “Feminist Fantasy” books. Fortunately, this appears to be a growing genre, and “Stepsister” fits the bill perfectly. The story begins where “Cinderella” ends – the beautiful sister gets the Prince, a castle, a happily-ever-after.
But, what happened to the two “ugly stepsisters” of the story.

This is where “Stepsister” takes a different turn, creating an alternative story for the two sisters, Octavia and Isabelle. They pale in comparison to the always kind, sweet, long-suffering and beautiful Ella. They have made themselves into the kind of woman society demands they be, at the cruel command of their over-bearing mother. Yet, that doesn’t fit for Isabelle anymore.

As fate and chance fight over the plight of the “ugly stepsisters” Isabelle tries to save her family, find her way and create a new life. She fights for her dignity inch-by-inch, with no help from anyone, until an old friend returns to the village.

All stories are about change, and “Stepsister” shows us that even when we are judged to be one thing, we can always find a way to honestly access our own power to find our dreams.

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LadyKatka
Jun 04, 2020

It is the magic of a frail and fallible creature, one capable of both unspeakable cruelty and immense kindness. It lives inside every human being ready to redeem us. To transform us. To save us. If we can only find the courage to listen to it.

It is the magic of the human heart.

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LadyKatka
Jun 04, 2020

Each queen was once a girl like you.
Told who to be and what to do.
Not pretty, not pleasing, far too rough.
Lacking, less than, not enough.

Till wounded subjects, anguished dead,
Mattered more than things that others said.
Then, like a flag, her will unfurled.
Go now, girl. Remake the world.

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CookiesNCream_
Mar 02, 2020

CookiesNCream_ thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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