Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers

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by Jessica Day George
     
 

Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's 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 isn't worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries.

But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only

Overview

Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's 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 isn't 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. It's 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 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

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:
9781599902753
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
Dragon Slippers Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
121,080
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 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

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Dragon Slippers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story that wove itself into a great adventure, with many twists and turns.

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.

Dragon Slippers was mixed with friendship, trust, betrayal, romance and sometimes even humor.

After reading Dragon Slippers and finding out there was a sequel, I went to the bookstore and bought the next book Dragon Flight.
Both books were well written and I would recommend them to anybody, especially dragon lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book in a series of 3 for the adventure lover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series 27 times. I'm dead serious. Twenty seven times. These books were so great that words don't even begin to explain how much I loved reading the books. After reading the first book, Dragon Slippers, I left a small stained glass window outside in hopes that a dragon would visit. I also called out "Feniul! Velika! Niva!" at random times in hopes that they'd appear out of no where. I know that sounds weird but it's as close as I can get to explaining my love for these books. After reading these books, I refused to read any other books by Jessica Day George because none of them could EVER compare to Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, or Dragon Spear. There NEEDS to be another series soon. If another series comes out in ten years the main big time fans would have moved on already(except me. I read these books when they first came out and I'm still obsessing over them).
Merfairy613 More than 1 year ago
One of the most amazing books and an introduction to an amazing series.
amber8016 More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old loves the book. She laughted, cried and cheered as Creel went on her journey. She cant wait to read Dragon Flight. Highly recommended by a mom that is always surprised to hear what other 12 yr old girls are reading. I also read this and found it exciting and without the worry of content or subject matter as I turned the page. Very refreshing. Thank you Ms. George
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great book filled with twists and turns! i just especially hated the princess. she drives chills down my back! it tells a story behind human eyes! i had to choke back tears a great book!
Jaina_ireadtilldawn More than 1 year ago
This is my third time attempting to review this book. I've been coming back to it periodically for almost a year now, never able to get my feelings about it down on paper. The first time I wound up just summarizing the entire story (pretty poorly, at that). The second time I got started talking about how much I love it and describing Creel, the main character. Somehow I lost my oomph halfway through my seventh line, and never really got it back. But now I'm trying one more time. Three's a lucky number, right? Okay, I think I'll start with the characters. Creel first, because she's the main character and because, well, she's awesome. Creel is a fun character for many reasons, from her love for sewing (the clothes descriptions in this book are fantastic!) to her love for - well, someone. Of course, in this book the romance doesn't dominate the scene. No, it's just added to the story. What I love about Creel and the prince's relationship, is that it starts out as a comfortable friendship. It takes the whole first book to become anything more than that, which is really refreshing in today's fantasy novels. But anyway, Creel is fun. She's stubborn and single-minded and - well, and funny. Really funny! Next, the girls who work at the shop. Not much to say about them without spoilers, but I love how Creel made her opinions about the other shopgirls the first time she met them, but then it turned out her first impressions were completely wrong. Luka. He's sweet. He's funny. He's not a hunk of meat in shoes. He's an actual person, with an actual life, who becomes friends with Creel. They have things in common, they share a sense of humor, and they like each other as friends before any idea of romance ever comes into either one's head (okay, that might be an overstatement - but still!). I love him as a character, and my love for him has nothing to do with his physical description. He's just a nice person. As for the dragons, the characterization here is really good. Each dragon has a unique personality without being a caricature, and the idea that every dragon hordes a different good is really cool. The first dragon Creel meets hordes shoes, another words stained-glass windows, and another collects dogs. The type of objects that the dragons collect provide a great reflection of their individual personalities. The storyline is tight, compelling, and flawlessly executed. I honestly have nothing to critique about this book: I all-around love it. I cherish my signed/personalized copy like the treasure it is, and reread it every nine months to a year. I love the characters, the settings, and the plot. And this is why I've had such a hard time reviewing it: I have to fight to come up with anything besides "I LOVE THIS BOOK! GO READ IT RIGHT NOW! AND THEN READ THE SEQUELS!" Becase really, that's all I have to say about this book at the end of the day. So go. Read the book. Please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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I'm 12 and I absolutely love this series. My friends who don't like fantasy even loved this book! I highly recommend it. Once you start reading you just can't put it down. Creel has great adventures with dragons, mean and kind people and they are intersting to read about. At times I would feel like I was Creel in the story, and at times it was very suspenseful. anyone my age will enjoy this for sure. Worth the money and time your using to read it. I also recommend the rest of the series (read in order or it's not as fun).
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book; it flowed (mostly), it was sweet and clean, and it made me laugh. Creel's character was vibrant and spunky; the whole story she has a lot on her plate and she handles everything quite nicely. She finds herself battling a mean seamstress and falling in love with a handsome prince, all the while trying to save her friend dragon and his people. I was very happy with Dragon Slippers and the unique writing style that is Creel's voice. I thought George's use of Creel's one-of-a-kind talent with embroidery was also very one-of-a-kind; much of the story was built around a very entertaining group of seamstresses. The one downer of this story is the very beginning: while the rest of the book has depth and meaning, the beginning is a filler. While you're reading it, it doesn't really feel like there's a point to why Creel is heading up the mountain to face her doom. In fact, it feels stupid. I put this book down once before because I wasn't sure if I'd stay interested. I'm glad I picked it up again, but keep that in mind when it's your turn. Side note: Dragon Flight, Creel's next adventure, was a major disappointment. Dragon Slippers ends with enough closure to allow you to leave off reading the rest. If this book sounds just too interesting to not read, go ahead and give it a try. It was wonderful and I enjoyed every last word. However, book two (one reason above many) got really strange with the magic of the dragons. And I felt like it took a whole different path than where she was going in the first one. Also, the beginning of book two starts in a completely different place and state of mind than the first one ends. It was overall confusing and not worth my time; I rarely do this but I put the book down half-way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best book i have ever read in my life everyone should read it. it is about a girl trying to get in the job of sewing. then she meets a few dragons and one gave her shoes.
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The wonderful book, Dragon Slippers, tells an interesting story about a girl and what happens to her when she comes across a misterious pair of slippers. Turns out that these slippers.....oh wait! I can't tell you! You'll have to read the book. But trust me, you won't be wasting your time! Enjoy the read!
Majorbookworm More than 1 year ago
I simply read this book because I had nothing to read so my friend lent it to me. I got it without the cover (hardcover) so I had no idea what it was about aside from the fact that the title had the word dragon in it. The minute I started reading it I was hooked. It was fantastic and absorbing through and through. I was afraid there wasn't a sequel but I'm very happy to find out I was wrong. I can't wait to get my hand on the next book. Its great for all ages I think from 10 to teen (I'm a teen!). Great Read I loved it!
sltm22 More than 1 year ago
This book was fall-off-the-bone action! I LOVE dragons so you can see just how much more facinating it would be. It was thrilling to see what life might have been life with castles and dragons! This book is a book EVERYBODY needs to have on their book shelf! I only hope that Dragon Flight and Dragon Spears will live up to Dragon slipper's standards.
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I loved this book! I highly recomend reading the 2nd and the 3rd book in the series! This an anybody thrilling sries!
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Barbubblie More than 1 year ago
This book was very entertaining and it was great to see the heroin's story be fulfilled. The dragons were interesting because of their horde preferences.