Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

By Gregory Maguire

Publication extras: "Cinderilla or, The Little Glass Slipper" (read the unique model of the vintage fairy tale); analyzing team guide.

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed writer of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated moment novel, a super and provocative retelling of the undying Cinderella tale.

In the lives of youngsters, pumpkins can develop into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... after we develop up, we examine that it's way more universal for people to show into rats....

We all have heard the tale of Cinderella, the attractive baby forged out to slave one of the ashes. yet what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by way of the celebrity in their attractive sibling? What destiny passed off these untouched by way of attractiveness . . . and what curses observed Cinderella's beautiful looks?

Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an unsightly Stepsister tells the tale of Iris, an not going heroine who reveals herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a wierd international of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's direction quick turns into intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally attractive lady destined to turn into her sister.

Clara was once the prettiest baby, yet was once her lifestyles the prettiest story? whereas Clara retreats to the cinders of the relatives fireplace, burning all stories of her earlier, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets and techniques of her new household--and the treacherous fact of her former life.

God and devil snarling at one another like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmothers attempting to undo every one other's paintings. How we strive to pin the area among contrary extremes! excess of a trifling fairy-tale, Confessions of an unpleasant Stepsister is a singular of good looks and betrayal, phantasm and figuring out, reminding us that deception should be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the main unforeseen of areas.

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Chapter Eight We Capture A Flag The next few days I settled into a routine that felt almost normal, if you don't count the fact that I was getting lessons from satyrs, nymphs, and a centaur. Each morning I took Ancient Greek from Annabeth, and we talked about the gods and goddesses in the present tense, which was kind of weird. I discovered Annabeth was right about my dyslexia: Ancient Greek wasn't that hard for me to read. At least, no harder than English. After a couple of mornings, I could stumble through a few lines of Homer without too much headache.

I raised my shield instinctively; I had the feeling something was stalking me. Then the growling stopped. I felt the presence retreating. On the other side of the creek, the underbrush exploded. Five Ares warriors came yelling and screaming out of the dark. " Clarisse screamed. Her ugly pig eyes glared through the slits of her helmet. She brandished a five-foot-long spear, its barbed metal tip flickering with red light. Her siblings had only the standard-issue bronze swords—not that that made me feel any better.

We marched up the hill to the mess hall pavilion. Satyrs joined us from the meadow. Naiads emerged from the canoeing lake. A few other girls came out of the woods— and when I say out of the woods, I mean straight out of the woods. I saw one girl, about nine or ten years old, melt from the side of a maple tree and come skipping up the hill. In all, there were maybe a hundred campers, a few dozen satyrs, and a dozen assorted wood nymphs and naiads. At the pavilion, torches blazed around the marble columns.

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