In Maureen McGowan's take on this popular fairy tale, Cinderella is a ninja warrior, training secretly to hone her ninja skills with dreams of escaping from her evil stepmother. Her only friend is her pet cat, Max who is not only her sounding board but also her training partner. When the entire family is invited to attend the royal ball Cinderella finds out about the magic competition and intends to enter but that's only if she can bring down her stepmother's entrapment spells and get to the ball in time.
I love that Cinderella doesn't give up. Her situation looks hopeless but she still trains and hopes one day to escape. Yes she's under the thumb of her stepmother but that's only because the stepmother uses magic to control her. Without magic, Cinderella can kick her butt any day. The stepmother was the most hated character in the story and I commend the author for getting me to actually hate her so much. She's a powerful wizard who uses black magic and wants Cinderella's mother's wand for herself. The two stepsisters also follow their mother's ways in making Cinderella's life difficult.
I don't think I've read a choose your own adventure book in years. There are 8 possible variations of the story depending on your choices and I was very happy with the story I read. It was a very fun and fast paced read that younger teen readers will eat up.
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