McGowan, Maureen, Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. Baker and Taylor, 2011.
With her father dead, Cinderella is forced to be captive to her evil stepmother and do the woman's bidding. The only way she can get out is if she finds her father's wand, learns to use the magic within her to escape, or dies. When the prince of the kingdom announces he is throwing a festival/ball to find the woman he wants to marry, Cinderella works hard to convince her stepmother to let her go. If she can win one of the contests at the festival, she'll not only earn a dance with the prince, but also a free year of lessons from the court's magician. But, if she shows her stepmother she has any magical initiative, the woman will assume she has found her father's magical wand and will stop at nothing to destroy her. Will she succeed and get out from her evil stepmother?
A fun twist on this traditional story told through the choose your own adventure type format. The main character and the prince are fun and likable. The evil stepmother is a hateful woman just like readers will want her to be. Readers who like fantasy, ninjas, choose your own adventure style books, and magic will enjoy reading this book.
Grades 7 to 12, 4 stars.