Maia's Review!


I met a lovely young gal at my last book launch ~ poised, articulate, smart and only 10 years old! She offered to write a review of the first Cinderella Smith book, and here it is:


Book Review for Stephanie Barden’s “Cinderella Smith”

By Maia Glass Quicksall

          I really enjoyed reading ‘Cinderella Smith.’ It was a quick, exciting and fast-paced read. I found myself thoroughly entertained. The main character, Cinderella, was a likeable and realistic character; she seemed like a real-life person and I could relate to her. Having been a third grader myself at one point and knowing how the kids interact at that age, Cinderella’s relationship with her friends also was completely believable.

            The story is about a young girl whose school year is off to a bad start. Her best friend is ignoring her and she just lost one of her tap shoes from her dance class, without which she may not be able to get the lead role in their dance recital. To make matters worse, Erin, the new girl at school, is about to get stepsisters and she is almost certain that they will be wicked, so she asks Cinderella for advice, assuming she knows all about wicked stepsisters.  Cinderella feels obliged to help Erin and not let her down, because if she loses this friend, she’s afraid she’ll have none. Cinderella has to find out all she can about stepsisters, while continuing to look for her missing tap shoe.

            Cinderella’s situation was one that readers could relate to and it also makes them feel sorry for her. I felt a connection with her, knowing that many other people, including myself, lose and forget things too, so this is a common, therefore realistic, character flaw. I got to know Cinderella very well and I found out a lot about her personality. Stephanie Barden has created a realistic character who I could relate to.

            The style of writing, including wit in certain places, suspense in others, made the book all the more entertaining. The writing reflected real, everyday lives of third graders in and out of school. The lead-up to the ending included several possibilities on how certain problems could solved, but it all tied together at the end and problems were worked out. The story came together at the end and I got a feeling of satisfaction – like all the work the characters did throughout the book paid off at the end.

            “Cinderella Smith” is the first in a trilogy and I can’t wait to see what will happen next!