printing error

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at
Thu Nov 4 11:51:35 EST 2004

Looks like we have the same edition. Mine continues on page 218:

... were playing a game they'd invented, throwing clods of frozen mud at the
roof and laughing when smaller clumps of dirt rained back down on them. It
was an ugly scene - certainly any of the women back in the castle would have
sniffed in disgust and turned back to their fancy silks and satins, their
perfect little needlepoint designs. But I saw the joy in the children's
eyes, the jubilation on their faces every time a particularly big clod
broke. I saw, well, beauty.
     And suddenly I understood the old woman's prediction in a new light.
Happiness was like beauty - in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the old woman
could be right in a way she'd never intended. I did know this: I like my
life the way I was living it.
     I turned from my window and went back to work.


havent' read it in a while, and I can't say I remember much, so I've nothing
to add to your analysis. I remember mildly enjoying it, not more, not less.


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Subject: printing error

Aargh... I've just finished reading "Just Ella", by Margaret Haddix. Or
rather, I *haven't* just finished it, because the last page is blank!
Fiends! I suggest not buying the Aladdin edition.
Could someone who has the book tell me what I've missed? I'll put where it
ends below some spoiler space- I think, from the tone of the sentences just
before it cuts off, it's missing no more than a paragraph or two, but it's
very annoying.

I enjoyed it, but I'm surprised it won a "Best YA" from the ALA, it had more
the feel of a children's book to me. The premise was an interesting one, and
there are some very nice, vividly written details, but it all seemed too
simple; especially, I didn't feel like we got to know the characters well-
the goodies and baddies were a bit too black-and-white. And the kingdom was
a bit too generic-mediaeval-written-by-an-American/Fantasyland. [1]

I think I was expecting too much of it. (ObDWJ- when you've read the
best...) My gripes are mainly that I feel it doesn't live up to its own best
bits. As I say, I did enjoy it.

[1] (I don't mean that all American authors do this!). Having Cinderella say
"dang" and "okay" kept unsuspending my disbelief, too. There are some books
that work well because of a sort of fun, um, postmodernness and awareness of
the narrative, where you expect anachronisms, and some that are strong
enough to work despite a few anachronisms, but these were annoying to me.



The last page present is 217 in this edition. She has read the letter from
Jed and is thinking about her memories from the palace, and the old woman
who said she would live happily ever after. The last paragraph I have is "I
stood and walked to the window. Outside, children with ragged clothes, runny
noses, and wind-chapped faces" [ends there]

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