Ivy's Ever Afterby Dawn Lairamore
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Ardendal there lived a spirited princess named Ivy, who had no interest in being rescued by Prince Charming, and an undersized dragon named Elridge, who was better at solving word puzzles than breathing fire. Sailing into this world on a ship made of whale bones came Romil, a handsome prince with dastardly designs on Princess Ivy and… See more details below
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Ardendal there lived a spirited princess named Ivy, who had no interest in being rescued by Prince Charming, and an undersized dragon named Elridge, who was better at solving word puzzles than breathing fire. Sailing into this world on a ship made of whale bones came Romil, a handsome prince with dastardly designs on Princess Ivy and her kingdom. Ivy and Elridge, both disappointments to their families, join forces to try and thwart Romil's evil plot. In the process these traditional enemies become fast freinds, discover hidden strengths, and earn the respect of all who know them. Full of humor and high adventure--and plenty of slightly skewed fairy-tale motifs--this frothy fractured fairy tale is sure to delight young readers.
Gr 4-6–Princess Ivory has grown up in the isolated kingdom of Ardendale as the only child of an absentminded king. Per the Dragon Treaty, she is locked in a tower when she turns 14, there to languish until the nefarious prince from a neighboring land kills her dragon guard and marries her. But as Ivy has no intention of marrying this prince, she escapes from the tower with the help of the dragon (a runty and peaceful creature named Elridge) and goes off with him to discover a way to foil the prince’s plan to destroy Ardendale. They have many perilous adventures and meet some intriguing characters, including a romance-prone fairy godmother named Drusilla and an adorable but hideously grumpy miniature goat named Toadstool. Their fates being intertwined, Ivy and Elridge hit it off right away, and by the end of the story they are clearly best friends forever. This is a fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action. Give it to fans of Donna Jo Napoli’s The Prince of the Pond (Puffin, 1994) or Diane Zahler’s The Thirteenth Princess (HarperCollins, 2010).–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Dawn Lairamore lives in northern California, where she works as a paralegal. In a starred review of her first book, Ivy's Ever After, School Library Journal wrote, "A fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action," and Kirkus Reviews predicted, "This fractured fairy tale will delight tween readers."
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Only child of the absent-minded king of Ardendale, feisty Ivy has pretty much raised herself. On her 14th birthday, as per the Dragon Treaty, Ivy is locked up in a tower with only an undersized dragon for company until a prince comes and slays her dragon guard, Eldridge. Eldridge, however, is a peace-loving dragon who loves puzzles and doesn't care to be slain - and Ivy doesn't care to be rescued. Together, the two join forces and escape. Prince Romil, a nefarious prince bent on getting Ivy's father's throne, has other plans. Ivy and Eldridge's only hope is to find Drusilla, Ivy's fairy godmother, and get her to help them thwart the Prince's evil plans. Can Ivy save her father and her kingdom? A fun, adventure-filled fantasy for reluctant readers. The characters are entertaining and well-developed. The plot moves at a good pace and keeps the reader's interest. Those who like fantasy, adventure, and dragons will all enjoy reading IVY'S EVER AFTER.