dragon slippers by Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: March 2007
Overview: During a time of terrible poverty, Creel, a peasant and orphan, is persuaded to sacrifice herself to a dragon in hope that a prince would rescue her, marry her and deliver her extended family in to a life of riches. Creel’s meeting with the dragon does not go as planned – instead of finding herself a princess bride, she somehow makes a deal with the dragon for a piece of his treasure – a pair of shoes. Her newfound shoes were more valuable than she could have ever imagined, for the owner of the shoes gained power over the dragons and thereby the power to control peace and war in the kingdom.
This was a fun book. Creel is looking only to make a life for herself and manages to become involved in the lives of dragons and royalty. Adventure-ridden Creel is a wonderful character who is loyal, intelligent and talented. This is definitely a “What happened next?!” story.© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy