Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
* “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
Don’t just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it.
Isabelle should be blissfully happy-she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe . . . which is now filling with blood.
Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.
Evoking the darker, original version of the Cinderella story, Stepsister shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses Jennifer Donnelly’s trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption . . . and a new definition of beauty.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Category: Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations Family - Blended Families Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance