Dragon Slippers

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Overview

When an orphan girl named Creel befriends a dragon, she unknowingly inherits a pair of slippers that could be used to save her kingdom, or destroy it. Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider, the light tone and charming characterizations bring this heartwarming fantasy to life. Older middle grade readers and young teens alike will appreciate the adventure, fun, and dragon-drenched action!

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Overview

When an orphan girl named Creel befriends a dragon, she unknowingly inherits a pair of slippers that could be used to save her kingdom, or destroy it. Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider, the light tone and charming characterizations bring this heartwarming fantasy to life. Older middle grade readers and young teens alike will appreciate the adventure, fun, and dragon-drenched action!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
Creel is a poor, orphaned, farm girl with a talent for embroidery. When her aunt decides to sacrifice her to a dragon in order to lure a knight or prince who might marry her, Creel sees it as a way to escape her boring life. She does not expect to meet a real dragon in the caves above her village, so she is even more surprised when the real dragon does not want to eat her. Creel makes a deal to keep the approaching mob away from the dragon's lair if he gives her a pair of fabulous shoes from his hoard. The shoes Creel picks turn out to be the most valuable treasure in all of her kingdom, and they enable her to communicate with the dragons. As she sets off on her way to pursue her dream of working in a dress shop in the king's city, Creel is rescued from bandits by another friendly dragon. Creel and the dragon Shardas strike up a special friendship that becomes the centerpiece of the novel. Creel continues on to the king's city, where she finds work, friends, and adventure. As the story continues, Creel discovers that her special shoes have the power to save or destroy the kingdom, and she must face the future with bravery. The novel's female characters are spunky, the dragon lore is well-crafted, and the story is a balance of comic and tragic elements. This is a fun first novel from George that would delight fantasy fans of Shannon Hale or Gail Carson Levine.
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
To raise the family out of poverty, Creel's aunt concocts a plan to sacrifice Creel to a dragon so that a wealthy knight will save and marry her. But Creel has her own plans, and to finance her adventure, she decides to bargain for a piece of the dragon's gold. But this dragon hoards shoes, not gold, and Creel is given a beautiful pair of blue slippers, which she soon discovers have special powers. Finding herself victim of an evil princess and in the middle of a war that threatens to destroy everything including her dragon friends, it is up to Creel to outwit the enemy and save the innocents. Mixing the comic-fantasy tradition of Patricia C. Wrede with the heroine quest elements of Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce, George creates a marvelous fantasy that fans of those authors will relish. The plot is fast paced with all the right touches of romance and adventure. Only minor lapses, such as a lack of a real explanation of how the evil princess gained knowledge of the slippers' powers and thus her exact role in initiating the war, tarnish the work. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and Creel is particularly dynamic and strong. While staying solidly within the bounds of a traditional fantasy setting, George creates something new that will undoubtedly delight readers with its unexpected twists and turns, and the satisfying yet mysterious ending will leave readers clamoring for more from this first-time author.
Kirkus Reviews
Creel wants to go to the King's Seat so she can earn her living by embroidering her unique designs. But danger and adventure ensue. There are dragons, magic slippers and a handsome prince. There is also treason, war and destruction. But Creel is not meek or passive; she takes the initiative and leads perilous defensive and offensive maneuvers that eventually win the battle. George weaves a picaresque tale with a cast of quirky characters into a medieval fantasy. Relationships among social classes and the trials and tribulations of women trying to improve their lot are nicely incorporated into the context of the story. While the names and events sound suitably archaic, at times the syntax of the narration and dialogue has a decidedly modern twist. But this serves to make the tale more accessible and Creel a more sympathetic and human creation. Not entirely original, but clever, well-plotted and good fun. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900575
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Dragon Slippers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 281,550
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, Dragon Slippers, and its sequel, Dragon Flight. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and lived in Delaware and New Jersey before settling down in Salt Lake City, Utah. She had been a movie store clerk, librarian, bookseller, and school office lady before she got her big break. Jessica lives with her husband, their young son, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin in a house that needs to be vacuumed much too often.

www.JessicaDayGeorge.com

www.dragonslippers.net

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

    DRAGON SLIPPERS is one of the best fantasy books I've read in ages! I always feel like good fantasy is hard to find, but this book certainly succeeded in being that and much more. <BR/><BR/>When Creel's parents die, her rather silly aunt is going to be hard-pressed to come up with the money to feed Creel and her brother, so she comes up with a plan. She's going to give Creel to the dragon rumored to live in the hills near their town and convince a local nobleman's son to rescue and marry the "fair maiden." <BR/><BR/>Anyone with sense knows this is ridiculous. The dragon is only a myth...Right? <BR/><BR/>Wrong. Creel, however, is clever enough to talk her way out of the hands of the dragon (who doesn't really want to eat her, and, by the way, collects shoes, not gold), and out of the bargain she gets a comfortable pair of blue slippers, which she wears on the long walk to the capitol, where she wants to find work putting the sewing and embroidering skills taught to her by her mother to use. It seems like a simple enough plan; however, life is never as simple as we think it is going to be. <BR/><BR/>DRAGON SLIPPERS is an un-put-downable read, set in a vividly created fantasy world. The characters are wonderful, too (although I feel the storytelling, rather than the characters, is Jessica Day George's strength in this story). DRAGON SLIPPERS is an excellent novel, one sure to appeal to fantasy fans of all ages.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is SO amazing! It has a little bit of everything! Suspense,mystery,friendship, 'a tiny bit of' romance and loads of magic. Everyone will love this. I think its great that the tables have turned and know instead of the damsel in distress saved by the prince its The not so distressed damsel saving the prince, AND THE REST OF THE KINGDOM!! I loved this book!! Wow, I am not AS obsessed as I sound!! LOL

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Sooo Great!

    This book was a fantastic book that I found recommended at the end of a book in the Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker. I read it, and was not disappointed. It made me so crazy (in a good way) and I was so happy when Creel finally gave...I won't give the name... The wallop to the face she deserved! The storyline was amazing, the characters realistic, and everything in between so absorbbing and funny that I didn't put it down until I was finished with it! Recommended? Absolutely!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

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    Quick Read

    A wonderful story that wove itself into a great adventure, with many twists and turns. <BR/><BR/>The characters held so much life and soul to them, it was as if they were actually flesh and blood at one point in time. <BR/><BR/>Dragon Slippers was mixed with friendship, trust, betrayal, romance and sometimes even humor. <BR/><BR/>After reading Dragon Slippers and finding out there was a sequel, I went to the bookstore and bought the next book Dragon Flight. <BR/>Both books were well written and I would recommend them to anybody, especially dragon lovers.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Someone

    Ive read the entire series in less than a week! I LOVE them all!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Hi I'm Amelia

    This book was original and amazing and a bit romance-y and loyal friend-y and I'm-gonna-be-independent-y and fairy tale-y but not to mutch so. The only books that top this are the Bible and A Drowned Maiden's Hair.

    P.S I wish the villian's name isn't as close to my name as it is.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Wow

    Im only on page 14 ad i love it! :)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Great Girl Adventure

    Loved it

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    This book is awesome! But the summary is all wrong!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Beautiful.

    This book is the best book ever. Dragon Slippers triology is awesome. I

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Must read for the almost tween

    Great book in a series of 3 for the adventure lover

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Fgdggh

    Best book EVER

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Love

    Love

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Hi

    "Hi. My name is Scarlett."


    Scarlett the dragon.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    One of the most amazing books and an introduction to an amazing

    One of the most amazing books and an introduction to an amazing series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Dragon slippers

    It is one of the best books i have ever read. I couldnt put the book down. I would rate this 5 stars. Worth buying

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    AMAZING Book!

    This book was so good that I gave it five stars!!!! (which, by the way, I do not often.......sort of) ANYWAY, I just finished reading it for the gazillionth time and no, I do not have it on the nook, I have the paperback book which is sitting nicely on my dresser. It's like, eight o'clock right now, and believe me when I say I DO NOT wake up this early during the sumker AAAAAAAAAAAHHH TYPO!!!!!!!! Anyway, it was so good that I decided to leave another reviee (gosh these typos are SO ANNOYING but I'm too lazy to fix them) and I gave it five stars. Uggggghhhh....... I am sick and tired of having to put up with typing on this annoying nook. But millions of people haven't even SEEN a tablet before, so in a way I should be grateful. Thanks for making the time for reading my review, and make sure you read Dragon Slippers!
    -Korra and Avatar fan

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Omg

    The best read ever!!!" Everybody should read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!

    Such a fun book! Very magical and I love the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

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    This is my most favorite book of all time. I swear I have read i

    This is my most favorite book of all time. I swear I have read it six times, all three. George brings the characters to life. One of my favorite things is that Creel is a dressmaker whos best friend is a dragon. It turns her from a damsel into a heroine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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