Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers

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by Jessica Day George
     
 

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DRAGON SLIPPERS, the first of three enchanting DRAGON books from Jessica Day George!
For Creels continuing adventures, look for DRAGON FLIGHT and DRAGON SPEAR.

Poor Creel. She cant believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. Its a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous

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DRAGON SLIPPERS, the first of three enchanting DRAGON books from Jessica Day George!
For Creels continuing adventures, look for DRAGON FLIGHT and DRAGON SPEAR.

Poor Creel. She cant believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. Its a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous obligation, and lift the entire family out of poverty. Creel isnt worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries.

But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only bargains with him for her life, she also ends up with a rare bit of treasure from his hoard, not gold or jewels, but a pair of simple blue slippers-or so she thinks. Its not until later that Creel learns a shocking truth: She possesses not just any pair of shoes, but ones that could be used to save her kingdom, which is on the verge of war, or destroy it.

Jessica Day George makes a memorable debut in this enchanting tale of dragons, betrayals, and the power of friendship.

Reviews "Clever, well-plotted and good fun."-Kirkus Reviews "[T]he fairy-tale action and vivid scenes, from glittering dragon cave to posh dress shop, are captivating, and readers will easily connect with brave Creel, who weathers betrayals and learns to value true friends and her own talents."-Booklist

"First-time author George has created an endearing fantasy with quirky twists on traditional elements. ...The tale is told deftly and with warm humor, and readers will bond quickly with sensible country girl Creel. Romance, friendship, and betrayal all spice the mix, and readers looking for something to follow Hales Princess Academy will find pleasure here."-The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books

"A magical, fun-filled page-turner for middle-grade readers thats a far cry from an old-school Cinderella story."-Bookpage "This is a light-hearted fantasy tale at its best."-MeridianMagazine.com

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)
From the Publisher

“Clever, well-plotted and good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he fairy-tale action and vivid scenes, from glittering dragon cave to posh dress shop, are captivating, and readers will easily connect with brave Creel, who weathers betrayals and learns to value true friends and her own talents.” —Booklist

“First-time author George has created an endearing fantasy with quirky twists on traditional elements. …The tale is told deftly and with warm humor, and readers will bond quickly with sensible country girl Creel. Romance, friendship, and betrayal all spice the mix, and readers looking for something to follow Hale's Princess Academy will find pleasure here.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A magical, fun-filled page-turner for middle-grade readers that's a far cry from an old-school Cinderella story.” —Bookpage

“This is a light-hearted fantasy tale at its best.” —MeridianMagazine.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907642
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Dragon Slippers
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
104,857
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

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
Jessica Day George is the author of many books for young readers, including the wonderfully whimsical Tuesdays at the Castle and three books in the Dragonskin Slippers series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian and bookseller. Jessica lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
To find out more, visit www.jessicadaygeorge.com.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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."

Anyone with sense knows this is ridiculous. The dragon is only a myth...Right?

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.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the entire series in less than a week! I LOVE them all!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful to read. I could never have imagined so many surprising and outragious plot twists could be packed into one book! Shardas was a great character and I grew to love him deeply. Jessica Day George is an awe-inspiring and very talented author. Her books only seem progress in quality as each one is written. Anyone who has read this book and loved it will truly adore all her others. ( believe me, I did! ) So pick up a copy if you haven't already! You won't be disappointed! - Roseliea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book EVER
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Love
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The best read ever!!!" Everybody should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fun book! Very magical and I love the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not read it yet. But i am exited to! If you want to write back search harry potter. Then go to the 7th one and say 12hpha for the titel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read. I have actually read this whole series more than 5 times, and still love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost my stop countless of times, but always found it again. Jessica Day George has really outdone herself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It turned out exactly how i wanted it to. You definitley wont waste ur money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessica Day George has done it again! Amazing! Amarican died first, then Shardas turns to be her best friend! Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its actually really good i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! You have got to read the sequels too, I like them even better than the first!
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I am a reader, i LOVE to read! It is not often i come across a series as good as this!
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Love
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I loving this book it was a greatread
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This book made me keep reading and reading. I choose this book for my book club and my friends and I thought it was GREAT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! It was fantastic! I suggest you read it! It's honestly one of my favorites.
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Book Wsf
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I almost cried but it was a great book. Great for young children, about 7 and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was really good i highly reccomend it!!!
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Great book for anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me when i was in fifth grade and i have read it at least twice a year since. The story itself is so compelling, i read it within the first day i got it! Some of my friends at school are always asking me whether i have brought the book in or not! Review written by Hannah Ainsworth