Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers

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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

Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9781599900575
Branch Call Number: JF GEOR
Alternative Title: Dragonskin slippers

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Ricegirl1959
Aug 10, 2018

I am NOT a fan of series books. Exceptions: The Madeleine L'Engle Wrinkle in Time trilogy, which she followed up years later with a 4th, the book, Many Waters, which was AMAZING (just saying). Jessica Day George's Dragon Slippers is another exception. Before I even began reading, I could tell by the artwork on the books next to it with her name that they were somewhat similar. And given the fact that I sometimes enjoy dragon stories, I went ahead and checked out all 3 books.

Dragon Slippers is, what I call a "stand alone" story. You can read this book and you know what happens to all the characters. End of story, i.e., you do not have to read 13 books to find out who the moved the broom the fell over and woke up the dragon who was sleeping peacefully, but is now breathing fire and destroying the village . . . not a spoiler.

J.D. George's writing is funny, sometime spiced up with a little dry humor, well written action scenes, and somewhat wistful. This is a delightful story and yes, I was glad I checked out the other two books, because my inkling was correct: I DO want to read the other two books.

FindingJane Feb 21, 2016

I adore the concept of dragons and stories about them aren’t so common as I would like. This novel of one girl’s unwitting involvement with them due to a daffy aunt, two princes, a spoiled princess and a scheming servant girl is one of the best I’ve ever read about them. It brims with humor, anxiety and the unexpected. The dragons here don’t necessarily kill. They’re shy and wary of human beings, they don’t hoard gold and they turn out to be quirky, weird and occasionally funny individuals. They are not beings to be held in contempt, however, and the story turns deadly serious in the blink of an eye when it reminds us of that.

The heroine is a mere country girl but one with her head firmly on her shoulders and a plan about what she’s going to do with her life. Creel is smart, funny, talented, feisty and persistent. She felt like a best friend by the time I’d finished this book, one I was reluctant to part with as she started her new existence as a store owner and seamstress. While the ending almost promises a sequel (yes!), I was happy to see her get what she wanted out of life. This book is more than enough for anyone who likes their preconceived ideas about otherworldly creatures turned on their heads.

This was a great book. I love how it starts out, the fantasy is so light and sweet. I'd recommend for ages 9-13

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green_bear_2019
Aug 17, 2015

Dragon Slippers was another adventure for me Jessica Day George is the best author in the world! The Dragon books are my favorite book!

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EricaMcKay
Jul 10, 2015

This is such a sweet story about an adventure full of dragons, love, and some slippers. I recommend this for everyone looking for a good read

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TGPretender
Apr 04, 2015

This book is fantastic!! I really loved the main character and her no-nonsense approach to her life, just doing what needed to be done and not looking back. The dragons are absolutely wonderful. It's really good, check it out.

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LilithMins
Dec 21, 2014

this book is romantic, scary and great to read. Its a dream come, to me at least. This is the 2d most favourite type of book I love. If u read it, u will be amazed at what it has in store for u. Try it, at least you gave it a go.

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jkmwf19
Nov 25, 2014

I read this the first time around when I was maybe 9 or 10, and I adored it. It was my favorite for a time (it's still one of my favorites). It's really sweet. It is definitely a book for people with feminine interests and likings, however the age when you read this doesn't matter. It's one of those books where anyone can read it.

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reginaab
Jul 21, 2014

Excellent story. Probably for older teens but I really enjoyed this story.

My friend recommended this bk 2 me.. I didn't thick I would lim it and found it childish, but I read it and found that I really did like it.

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joycemas
Jul 22, 2014

When an orphan girl named Creel befriends a dragon, she unknowingly inherits a pair of slippers that could be used to save her kingdom, or destroy it.

shelby11 May 02, 2011

"She wanted dragon gold. She got a pair of shoes.

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.

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." (Summary from www.jessicadaygeorge.com)

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43limegreen
Jun 30, 2016

She wanted dragon gold she got a pair of slippers.

shelby11 May 02, 2011

I had been struggling to get published for nine years, and now I had been rejected 187 times and had a baby who cried from exhaustion all night but wouldn't sleep! One night, very tired, my husband and I decided that I would take a break from writing for a while, and just focus on our son and trying to get him to sleep. And eat. And stop crying. So of course he went to bed that night without any fuss. And of course, right as I was shutting down my laptop for the night, the entire story of Dragon Slippers just downloaded into my brain! I knew every line, every name, every dragon and what they hoarded. It was beautiful. It was magical. And it hasn't happened since! - Jessica day George

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

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