Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1)

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Cimorene, the daughter of a very proper king, runs away and becomes the princess of a very powerful dragon, Kazul. ?A decidedly diverting novel with plenty of action and many slightly skewed fairy-tale conventions that add to the laugh-out-loud reading pleasure and give the story a wide appeal.??Booklist

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Cimorene, the daughter of a very proper king, runs away and becomes the princess of a very powerful dragon, Kazul. “A decidedly diverting novel with plenty of action and many slightly skewed fairy-tale conventions that add to the laugh-out-loud reading pleasure and give the story a wide appeal.”—Booklist

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Gr 5-9-A feisty princess with a mind of her own shuns regal training and protocol, preferring to volunteer herself as a dragon's servant and companion. It's a spirited, rollicking story with clever fairy tale references subtly tied to elements of magic, wizardry, and the satisfying triumph of good over evil. (Dec. 1990)
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"What a charmer! . . . Laugh-out-loud reading pleasure."—Booklist (starred review)
"Full of excitement . . . and good humor. . . . Wrede's delightful voice is all her own."—School Library Journal (starred review)
"[An] upbeat and lively story."—VOYA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152229009
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Amazing

    I read these books when I was a kid in middle school. Ten years later I went back to read them again and I still LOVE them! Great stories for all ages!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Don't be fooled...

    All 4 of these books are amazing! Don't be fooled by the cover and section you find them in, they're not just for kids. These books are jam packed with fantasy, humor, great characters, and non stop good plot lines. Good to read on your own or in the classroom.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    Great fantasy tale with adventure and plenty of humor

    This is the first of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. The series consists of four novels:<BR/><BR/>1. Dealing with Dragons<BR/>2. Searching for Dragons<BR/>3. Calling on Dragons<BR/>4. Talking with Dragons<BR/><BR/>The books are fantasy, with good adventure and plenty of humor. I read the series again about every two years. I know it's a good series for young people because I was student teaching in an 8th grade class when I discovered it. Some of the students recommended it. But so far all the adults I have recommended it to have also enjoyed the novels.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    Extravagant

    tThis is one of the most clever and funny books i've read. It has all the stuff i love in a book and more i can't believe how amazing this book is. I think if u love fantasy and love and want to have a good laugh this is the book for you. The last thing i got to say, is this is only the beginning to a extrodinary collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    THIS BOOK IS THE BEST!!!!!!!

    I loved this book and I strongly recomend you buy it. It's one of those books you don't want to put down because somethings always happening!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    Charming little book!

    This was simply a charming book. It was cute witty, and very unusual. It centers around a princess who does things that are considered by everyone else 'simply not done' which makes her the perfect candidate for helping uncover a sinister plot and stopping it. A very quick read for a slightly advanced reader, but a great little book. What is really great is how it all gets neatly wrapped up at the end, the way books used to be like when I was younger and doesn't end in death and drama like most adult books. This is just a clean carefree book that gives you a break between more serious stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Dragon Time

    Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic! Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede is a great book. This was my favorite book of all the adventure books I have read. The book had so much suspense that hooked me in right away. I couldn¿t even stop reading this book because it was so good. I¿m telling you this is a fantastic book! Dealing with Dragons is about a princess who runs away to work for a dragon because she didn¿t want to be a princess any more. The princess¿s name is Cimorene Princess of Linderwall. Her dragons name is Kazul, which is a female. Kazul took Cimorene since nobody else wanted to have a princess as their slave. Cimorene had duties everyday, from cleaning to running errands for Kazul. In the cave, which they live in, had so many tunnels that if u didn¿t know your way around you would get lost very quick. After everything was clean she would go and cook dinner for Kazul and her. Then she would clean up and go to bed and that was the end of her day. Some days, Cimorene would have visitors like her friend Morwen, princes, and other princesses. One day Morwen came by and told her that somebody stole a book from a dragon. She said that everybody thought it was wizards who did it but they were not for sure if the wizards did it. After a couple of days dragons were hearing things that would lead them to who did it but they still didn¿t have much evidence to prove it was the wizards. Well I can¿t go any farther or I will give away the ending. You don¿t want me giving the ending away do you? People who like dragons, princes, princesses, witches, and magical things should read this book. It would also be great for the people who like quick books. This was such a great book I would read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    great

    Dealing with Dragons has nothing to do with dealing, only living. Cimorene is a rebellious, bored teenage princess. In turn, this book may appeal to rebellious, bored teenagers. Mainly girls. It's funny and brings all the classic strong heroine-less fairy tales together. Unfortunately, I found a LOTR name in here and that put me off a bit... but I love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    When i was younger...............

    when i was younger i read this book and loved it. it was a cute story and i always like a female lead.
    it was a good fun quick (well for me ) read.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Some of my favorite books

    I will never get tired of reading these books! I must have read them each at least half a dozen times by this point. With wacky storylines and no-nonsense writing style, they're a joy to read and completely unique.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    A wonderful book appropriate for people of all ages! I read the

    A wonderful book appropriate for people of all ages! I read these as a kid, and have been searching madly for them again. It is unfortunate that the series isn't available in store. But I have requested them to be made into an ebook, for all you nook owners out there!
    A must read, even as an adult!

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Cutest book ever!

    Ok, so Princess Cimorene was expected to become a "proper princess", despite her non-princessy looks. But her parents caught her doing very un-princess like things, such as fenceing, learnig Latten, and so on. When her parents want her to marry a prince she is not fond of, she runs away to the dragons to work as a servent. All the dragons are unsure of what to think. One dragon named Kazul, decides to take her in and Cimorene learn the ways of the dragons fast. When she discovers an evil plot among the wizards, she immeditaly tell Kazul and they, along whith Morwen and tow others embark on a dangerous journey, filled whith magic and lies, friends and foes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    MOST AMAZIN' BOOK EVER

    This book is one of my VERY FAVORITE BOOKS. The characters, setting, & plot are extremely amazing. I have never loved a book so much!:)



    :)READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!:)

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    Who says that all princesses must be the same?

    For those who enjoy fairy tales will enjoy Patricia C. Wrede's take on them. There are dragons, wizards, princesses, and knights as well as other magical beings within this book.

    Princess Cimorene does not want to learn etiquette nor how to be a damsel in distress. All she wants is to learn sword fighting, magic, cooking, and everything that 'isn't proper' for her to know. When it's time for her to be in an arranged marriage with a prince who she doesn't care for, what better way to escape that fate then to go to a dragon? Of course what tale isn't without a knight-in-shining armor who wants to rescue the princess from a dragon? It's a shame for the knights since Cimorene doesn't want to be saved and would rather fight the knights instead of the dragon fighting them.

    If you are looking for a book that is fun to read for all ages, then this might just be the book to read.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Still a fun read after all these years.

    Having recently reread the fantasy trilogy about Kate and Cecelia that Patricia C Wrede wrote with Caroline Stevermer (best described as Jane Austin plus magic), I've been digging out my other Wrede books and filling in the holes in my collection. Wrede (pronounced ree-dy) has been one of my favorite writers for decades, due to her vivid characters, her sense of humor, and the way she takes fantasy and fairy tale cliches and turns them on their heads. In particular, her heroines refuse to wait for rescue by real or metaphoric princes, but jump in and out of trouble with wit, intelligence and courage.

    The Enchanted Forest series is full of misfits who refuse to behave as stock fairytale characters, and are consequently much more interesting and fun to read about than the standard princess in distress. This first book in the series, Dealing With Dragons, is one I couldn't find on my shelves, so I bought it (again?) this week and devoured it. Now I'm dying to find a copy of the second book, Searching For Dragons, ASAP. Then I'll be ready to reread my copies of Calling on Dragons and Talking to Dragons!

    The heroine of Dealing With Dragons, Princess Cimorene, chafes at life in a fairy tale castle, where she is forbidden to study anything but embroidery, dancing and etiquette. When her parents propose to marry her off to a handsome, not-so-bright prince, she runs away and offers herself as captive princess to a dragon. Soon she is happily sorting treasure, studying Latin, making cherries jubilee and working on a fireproofing spell in between shooing away would-be rescuers. Over the course of the book she serves her dragon well, befriends a witch, another captive princess and a stone prince, and thwarts a wizards' plot. It's not a bad start for an unconventional princess with a brain in her head and a taste for adventure!

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    Seriously fun book indeed!

    If you are looking for a fun book look no further. This is creatively written and great for any spare time. The entire serese is hooking and full of wonderful characters! I highly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

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    Can't wait to read the next one

    It was really good and I liked it alot. I felt like I was there and that the caverns seemed real. Very absorbing - easy to lose yourself in the forest. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    great read

    This is a very simply written book. Very easy to read. I would definately recommend for teens and even older children. It is really a great story and I found myself not being able to put the book down at times. The characters are wonderful and the story line is very well thought up and put together.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Good Book

    This book wasn't my favorite. It was funny, and interesting though. A Princess and a Dragon! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was very boring at first. It took me a month to get into because i didnt want to sit down and read it. The last few chapters are good but if you are an advanced reader dont waste your time with this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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