Confessions of an ugly stepsister: A Novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 6.2 - AR Pts: 15
Lexile measure:
860L
Description

Is this new land a place where magics really happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats....

We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?

Extreme beauty is an affliction

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.

Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household—and the treacherous truth of her former life.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed—and love unveiled—in the most unexpected of places.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Contributors:
Sterlin, Jenny. Narrator
ISBN:
9780060987527
9781419389894
9780061762598
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 6.2, 15 Points
Lexile measure:
860L
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID93e48483-d544-573e-24b6-26922178e8cd
Grouping Titleconfessions of an ugly stepsister
Grouping Authormaguire gregory
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-15 01:46:06AM
Last Indexed2019-10-14 03:19:18AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_levelUG
accelerated_reader_point_value15
accelerated_reader_reading_level6.2
auth_author2Sterlin, Jenny.
authorGregory Maguire
author2-roleSterlin, Jenny.|Narrator
author_displayMaguire, Gregory
available_at_catalogBrighton
Wright Farms
detailed_location_catalogBrighton - Adult CD Audiobooks - Fiction
Brighton - Adult Fiction - Historical
Wright Farms - Adult Fiction - Historical
display_description

Is this new land a place where magics really happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats....

We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?

Extreme beauty is an affliction

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.

Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household—and the treacherous truth of her former life.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed—and love unveiled—in the most unexpected of places.

format_catalogAudio Book
Book
eBook
format_category_catalogAudio Books
Books
eBook
id93e48483-d544-573e-24b6-26922178e8cd
isbn9780060987527
9780061762598
9781419389894
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:6061121166801Brighton - Adult CD Audiobooks - FictionCD FIC MAGUIRE iAudio BookAudio Books1falsefalseOn Shelfbr
ils:12443312193234Wright Farms - Adult Fiction - HistoricalFIC HISTORY MAGUIRE iBookBooks1falsefalseOn Shelfwf
ils:12443312193233Brighton - Adult Fiction - HistoricalFIC HISTORY MAGUIRE iBookBooks1falsefalseOn Shelfbr
overdrive:795235cf-493f-41ea-9fa5-d69ad2d7271e-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook1falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
last_indexed2019-10-14T09:19:18.398Z
lexile_score860
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullFiction
local_callnumber_catalogCD FIC MAGUIRE i
FIC HISTORY MAGUIRE i
owning_library_catalogAll Anythink Libraries
owning_location_catalogBrighton
Wright Farms
primary_isbn9780060987527
publishDate2000
2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:606112Audio BookAudio BooksEnglishRecorded Books, [2000]11 audio discs (11 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ils:1244331BookBooks1st pbk. ed.EnglishRegan Books, 2000.xii, 372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
overdrive:795235cf-493f-41ea-9fa5-d69ad2d7271eeBookeBookEnglishHarperCollins2009
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:6061121166801On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:12443312193234On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:12443312193233On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:795235cf-493f-41ea-9fa5-d69ad2d7271e-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetAudiobooks
Beauty, Personal -- Fiction
Cinderella (Tale) -- Adaptations
FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FICTION / Historical
Fairy tales -- Adaptations
Haarlem (Netherlands) -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Stepsisters -- Fiction
title_displayConfessions of an ugly stepsister
title_fullConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister A Novel
Confessions of an ugly stepsister / Gregory Maguire ; illustrations by Bill Sanderson
Confessions of an ugly stepsister / [sound recording] by Gregory Maguire
title_shortConfessions of an ugly stepsister
title_subA Novel
topic_facetBeauty, Personal
Cinderella (Tale)
Fairy tales
Fiction
Folklore
Stepsisters