Why this book?
“This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It’s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, hearts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses…It’s grim for any girl who loses her way. Grimmer still for a girl who loses herself…” Donnelly uses one of the oldest and most familiar of fairy tales—Cinderella, to give a unique perspective. This feminist retelling shows us the world through the eyes of Isabelle, the ugly stepsister, who cuts away pieces of herself (literally and figuratively) to fit the mold of the perfect princess. This empowering story is about the value of being true to yourself and its themes will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
'In an ancient city by the sea, three sisters - a maiden, a mother, and a crone - are drawing maps by candlelight. Sombre, with piercing grey eyes, they are the three Fates, and every map is a human life . . .'
Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men fear to attempt. It doesn't matter, though; these qualities are not valued…