My Pick of the Week:
Title: Dragon Slippers
Author: Jessica Day George
Published: March 20th, 2007
Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.
True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.
But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.
By far, among my all-time favorite MG / YA novels. One of the things I love the most about this book is that everyone can enjoy it! I was 12 when I first read it, on the recommendation of my mother who had read and loved it, and now I’m getting ready to introduce my 9-year-old sister to it. :)
Jessica Day George has a way with words that pulls her readers into this exciting world of dragons, princes, and adventure. No matter how old I get, I still adore this book and this series. Fans of books such as Dealing With Dragons – By Patricia C. Wrede or The Two Princesses of Bamarre – By Gail Carson Levine will devour this book!