Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1)

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Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1) by Patricia C. Wrede

Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart. . . .
And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon . . . and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152045661
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About 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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"What a charmer! . . . Laugh-out-loud reading pleasure."—Booklist
"Full of excitement . . . and good humor. . . . Wrede's delightful voice is all her own."—School Library Journal
"[An] upbeat and lively story."—VOYA

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Dealing with Dragons 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Kahlessa More than 1 year ago
This is the first of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. The series consists of four novels:

1. Dealing with Dragons
2. Searching for Dragons
3. Calling on Dragons
4. Talking with Dragons

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.
Laurie_Jane_Kaye More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Ben10rules More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Cimorene hates being a 'proper' princess, so she runs away and volunteers to be princess for a dragon. This is an old favorite, a sort of fantasy/fairy tale parody or whatever you want to call it. It's a wonderful little book, a quick read with great characters and a fun story.
jlelliott on LibraryThing 7 days ago
I enjoyed this story, and it¿s sequels, as a young girl. Wrede creates a magical world that has a unique feel while incorporating common elements from fairytales. Dealing with Dragons is very much a girl power book ¿ almost all of the good main characters are female, Princess Cimerone rejects the staid life society thrusts upon her and charts her own course, and the King of the Dragons ends up being a female (King is just the title of the job, designating nothing about gender). It is well written, something that can certainly not be said of all fantasy novels written for this age group, and the story is fun and engaging.
vegaheim on LibraryThing 7 days ago
book 1 (2:searching for dragons; 3: calling on dragons; 4: talking to dragons) a princess who doesn't want to be "rescued" from the dragon. (sends all the would be rescuers away on some pretext or other) very, very funny. then she meets a prince who is not arrogant but nice and kind to animals and all manner of magical creatures. read all four books. if you like fantasy this is a great read. couln't put it down.
Kernst on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I gave this book 5 stars because it was the first Fantasy book I read. It introduced me to a new world of reading for pleasure. I read it back in elementary school. I loved it so much I had to buy it just to keep for a collection (it was just library book at the time) and while I haven't read any of these books in years, they are just sitting on my book shelf like little trophies. I remember them fondly.
thc_luver6 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A very good book. It has a bit of everything. Romance, action,'ll love it and not just girls will have a hard time putting it down.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are a different sort of fairy tale! A princess runs away from her kingdom (and an arranged marriage) to become a "dragon's princess." Very funny series!
draconismoi on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Fantastic book! For the little kid that loves fairy tales but is getting just old enough to notice all the bullshit. Great for the read-one-chapter-a-night scheme or as the first chapter book they read on their own.Princess Cimorene doesn't really like being a princess since its so bloody boring! She violates gender norms and fairy tale conventions left and right until, on threat of marriage to a brainless prince, she runs away to live dragons. After all, being a dragon's princess is perfectly respectable.....
tangential1 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A princess who fences? Right off the bat I loved Cimorene; how could you not love someone who questions social norms and does her own thing even when it's frowned upon? Plus she's a take charge kind of girl, which is really cool.Ms. Wrede really turns the classical fairytale on it's head with her entire Enchanted Forest Chronicles and this, the first, book in particular. The dragons are civil, the knights are airheads and the wizards can be melted with soapy water. A very witty, fun, fast read.I really wish I had known about these books when I was a kid; I might have gotten more into reading much sooner.
swimmer_shark on LibraryThing 8 days ago
this book is very interesting, it's about a princess, Cinorene, being bored and running away. she runs away to dragon Kazul's cave. there, she becomes her princess and is not worried until she sees some wizards...
maita on LibraryThing 8 days ago
When princesses are being stereotyed, Cymorene says no. She wants to be a dragon's princess but she doesn't want to be rescued. In this strange fairytale world, princess are supposed to look good and act pretty. But Cymorene goes beyond that. She takes up a bit of magic lessons, philosophy, politics, magic, fencing and cooking! Who ever heard of dragons snacking on chocolate mousse and cherries jubilee? This is a fun and wholesome book for all readers!
debs4jc on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This audiobook dramatized the story of Cimorene, a princess who hates her boring life at the castle. She runs away and finds herself in a nest of dragons. She saves herself from being eaten by volunteering to become a Dragon's princess. Despite the annoyance of the princes who try to rescue her, Cimorene is happy as the princess of the dragon Kazul--but when an evil plot is discovered Cimorene has to work together with a fellow princess and prince to thwart the evil plan of the wizards.I loved this story, Cimorene is a great character with a lot of spunk and the story also has a lot of humor. Fans of fairy tales, fantasy, and strong female characters will enjoy this tale. I also enjoyed the dramatization of the audio version I listened too, this story lends itself well to being acted out like a play. The voices that the actors gave to the characters were great!
collsers on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I first read this book in sixth grade, and ten years later, I saw it in the bookstore and had to buy it so I could read it again! Luckily, it was just as good as I remembered. Cimorene is an unconventional princess, who runs away from her castle to live with a dragon, and who does not want to be rescued. Her no-nonsense attitude will charm any reader, and Wrede's enchanted lands are full of exciting adventures that are fun to read. Highly recommended for readers of all ages!
bibliophilegirl on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I first read this book in 5th grade and it opened my eyes to feminism. I am now in college and minoring in Women's Studies. The story is not directly related to the Women's Movement in anyway but the main character is a headstrong, independent and capable princess who basically runs away and gets a job instead of submitting to marriage. I loved it. It's a fun read and I highly reccomend it.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 4 months ago
This book was utterly delightful. Dealing with Dragons is a quick read - I did it in one afternoon - but it is a worthwhile one. Cimorene and Kazul break traditional fairytale tropes in a short novel about taking control of your own destiny and finding friends in the strangest of places. Cimorene is, I believe, 16... but this book is probably better marketed to the MG crowd. That said, it is still very enjoyable as an adult. I particularly enjoyed the way Cimorene keeps rebuffing princes and when Kazul explains that you don't need to be male to be king. The villains here were a bit bumbling and underwhelming, but the heroes make up for that with their wit and charm. Definitely a recommended read for any age, especially if you don't mind a bit of whimsy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago