Stanley, Diane. Bella at midnight.

Author:Winship, Michele
Position:Bella at Midnight - Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

STANLEY, Diane. Bella at midnight. Harper-Collins. 278p. c2006. 978-0-060775759. $6.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2006: In true fairy-tale fashion, Stanley has crafted a story with a king, a castle, an adopted foundling, a treacherous plot, and a marvelous heroine who saves the day. The story shifts from narrator to narrator, allowing readers to piece together the story from a variety of angles. Bella is the daughter of a knight; she is turned out by her father in his grief over his wife's death and taken by her aunt to be raised in another family. Loved and nurtured by her adopted family, Bella's world turns upside down when she is 16 and her father sends for her, and she must leave the only family she's ever known. She becomes a "Cinderella" in an unhappy household with an angry father, an unhappy stepmother whose destitution forced her marriage, and two stepsisters, one a...

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