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  • Published: New York : Simon Pulse, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed.
  • Description: 193 p. ; 18 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 770

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  • 9781416934714 (pbk.)
  • 1416934715 (pbk.)


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Before midnight : a retelling of "Cinderella"

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Call number: Teen Fiction / Once

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor

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A retelling of the tale about a girl whose father remarries and the effects that her stepmother has on the family.

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This was a great version of Cinderella!

Before Midnight

This book is a retelling of the famous story of Cinderella. However, while it is clearly based off of the same fairytale, there are many, many differences. For one thing, Cendrillon (the name of the "Cinderella" of the book) is not an orphan. While her mother died giving birth to her, her father is still alive - albeit he has not seen her since she was two weeks old and does not wish to see her ever again "until the sight of her can return to him the piece she stole at her birth". For another thing, her stepmother (once she comes into the story) is not an evil tyrant. These, and many more plot twists, are part of what make this a great read. I won't give away the other surprises, though - I'll leave those for you to find out, once you have read this for yourself. However, despite all these places where the book veers away from the traditional fairytale, however, there is still enough left to leave you with that satisfying "happily ever after" feeling you get when you hear a fairytale (yes, I'll give it away - there is a happy ending!), and you can clearly tell that, when you get right down to it, it is still the centuries-old story of Cinderella.
To close, I think this is a great book (okay, okay, I guess you could already tell that I thought so already, but still - I had to say it! :D). I recommend this to anyone who likes book with a bit of romance, who likes books about true friendship and family, or who is interested in retellings of fairytales. Read this book!


Great book!

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