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Jessica Day George

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Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she had a Maltese named Pippin, and grew up with a poodle mix and a Brittany Spaniel). You could talk about Norway, and how it's the Greatest Place On Earth, and Germany, The Second Greatest Place On Earth. You could ask her about yarn, and indicate a willingness to learn to knit your own socks, if you can't already do so.

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Long days by the pool, glorious sunshine, the satisfaction of mowing the lawn on a Saturday morning!

Oh, who am I kidding?

I don't know how to work a lawnmower, and when you're a redhead, summer is the time when everything is trying to kill you. The heat. The sun. The bugs. The pollen. It's just one massive red sunburn/rash.

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The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy (3 books)
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Gorgeous, spare writing that brings to life an unusual and wonderful story. I couldn't put this one down, and it made me sad and joyful at the same time.
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“I've faced worse than a dressmaker who breaths fire.”
Jessica Day George

“Galen Werner, you may choose one of my daughters to be your bride, and when I die, you shall sit beside her as co-ruler of Westfallin."
"Your Majesty.... I - I don't know - "
Rose felt her knees shaking. Did he not love her after all?
"Psst, Galen?" Pansy tugged on his arm. Galen leaned down. "If Rose doesn't want you," the little girl whispered loudly, "you can marry me."
Galen laughed shakily. "Thanks, Pansy."
"Oh, Rose! Don't just stand there like a lump," Poppy said, poking her in the back. "If he's too embarrased, you should be the one to say something."
"Poppy!" Daisy looked scandalized. "It's not Rose's place to - "
Under cover of their squabbling, Rose took Galen's hand and moved closer to him. "Do you want to marry me?" she whispered in a much quieter tone than Pansy had used.
"Yes," he said.
"If neither of you is going to speak up," King Gregor said, "I shall simply have to decide it for myself!"
"Father," Rose protested, "that won't be necessary!"
"I choose Rose," Galen blurted out at the same time.
"There. Done. Easy." King Gregor clapped his hands.”
Jessica Day George, Princess of the Midnight Ball

“It looks as though your shop is doing well," Luka said gazing around, "Could you help me find a gift for a lady friend of mine?"

My heart plunged to my grenn satin slippers, and I had to stare down at Azarte for a minute, petting him hard. Naturally Luka had a "lady friend." She was probably nobly born: the daughter of a count or a duke. I imagined her having thick dark hair and clear skin, and was bitterly jealous. "Of course," I stammered after a time. "What would she like? A gown? A sash?" If she came in for a fitting, I decided to "accidentlly" poke her with every pin.”
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Favorite retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses

Entwined Entwined by Heather DixonHeather Dixon
  14 votes, 30.4%

Princess of the Midnight Ball Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1) by Jessica Day GeorgeJessica Day George
  12 votes, 26.1%

Wildwood Dancing Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) by Juliet MarillierJuliet Marillier
  4 votes, 8.7%

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve ValentineGenevieve Valentine
  3 votes, 6.5%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna MayerMarianna MayerK.Y. Craft
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The Night Dance The Night Dance  A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time) by Suzanne WeynSuzanne Weyn
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The Princess Curse The Princess Curse by Merrie HaskellMerrie Haskell
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The Thirteenth Princess The Thirteenth Princess by Diane ZahlerDiane Zahler
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by John CechJohn Cech
  1 vote, 2.2%

Twelve Dancing Unicorns Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa HeymanAlissa Heyman
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Ruth SandersonRuth Sanderson
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette BarragerBrigette Barrager
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The Phoenix Dance The Phoenix Dance by Dia CalhounDia Calhoun
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message 33: by purpleB

purpleB M. I love love love all your books!

message 32: by Ria

Ria Therese Oh my gosh, thank you so much for friending me!! :):) I absolutely love your books.

Madeline Thank you for friending me! Love your Castle Glower books :)

Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) Thanks for the add!

message 29: by Lillian

Lillian When does the next Castle Glower book come out?! i just finished the 2nd, i read the whole thing in one day! I'm so excited for the 3rd!

message 28: by Kara

Kara thanks for the add, Jessica!! love your books and your movie choices, blessings :)

message 27: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Jessica,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads, and i do hope that i get the oportunity of reading your work at some point in the future as it is something of great interest to me.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 26: by Cassandra (last edited Nov 24, 2012 10:57PM)

Cassandra Jessica:
Since I know you're into knitting (and dragons, of course!) thought I'd just point you to a super awesome knitting book that my mom and I own: KNITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD by Nicky Epstein. It has a pattern for an amigurumi dragon (the reason we bought it in the first place) that I'm working on--So cool! There's also a ton of super cute clothing items in there.
Nicky Epstein's Knitting on Top of the World: The Global Guide to Traditions, Techniques and Design

message 25: by Jessica

Jessica Alicia wrote: "Hey Jessica,
I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for The Booker Award! Check it out!!"


message 24: by Alicia

Alicia Rivoli Hey Jessica,
I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for The Booker Award! Check it out!!

message 23: by Johanna

Johanna Hi Jessica Day George - Thanks for accepting my friend request.
I think your books are epic, and I can't wait for the next ones to come out!

message 22: by Cassandra (last edited Jun 21, 2012 12:38AM)

Cassandra Hey! It's really cool that you friend your fans on here, that's a nice touch. I'm a big fan of your blog (and your books, of course!), which is how I found out that you did! Anyway, can't wait 'till princess Petunia makes her appearance!

P.S.-- Come to San Diego some time! I would happily drag my friends and family over to you!

message 21: by Liz

Liz I LOVE YOUR BOOKS! you can go to schools? i want you to come! Dragon slippers is a great book and series i have to read the 3rd book still.

Kimberlee Jessica your books are wonderful! I really loved them! I learned a lot when you visited my school, thank for sharing your love for writing with me and my friends! We had a blast.

message 19: by Sangr1a

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Jessica! :D

Danielle Thanks for friending me. I love all your books but my fav has to be dragon slippers.

message 17: by Hope

Hope Thanks for accepting! :) I really love your books! Especially Princess of the Midnight Ball, it was wonderful!

message 16: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for accepting.

message 15: by Kelsey

Kelsey Jessica, I just had a few thoughts that I'd like to share...
1. Today I went to my library to look at the books I was on hold for... the book next to mine was your new Princess of Glass. It made me sad that I couldn't read it until after the 65th person reads it (It's on hold and I'm 66th in line...) until I get to magically take it off that shelf and take it home with me. Oh well, a few more weeks!
2. I have a maltese mix, and her name is Sadie. I think Pippin and her would be friends.
3. My last dog was a Brittany Spaniel- she lived only a 1 1/2 years, due to cancer. :( But, I wanted to let you know that I love that breed, and they make a wonderful pet :)

message 14: by Kellee

Kellee I cannot wait until Princess of Glass comes out!! I wish there was a way to read it now! :)

message 13: by Pam

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg I put Princess of the Midnight Ball on my Unsung YA post. I didn't know there was a companion.

message 12: by Kelsey

Kelsey Hello Jessica! Are you currently working on any new books?

message 11: by Krista

Krista Hi Jessica, Thanks for adding me as a friend!

message 10: by Alexis

Alexis Hello! I just finished Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon is my favorite fairy tale, and I wanted to thank you for crafting such a wonderful retelling.

message 9: by Priya

Priya I love the Dragon Spear cover!!!

message 8: by Priya (last edited Feb 16, 2009 05:04PM)

Priya Thanks for adding me as a friend. I love all of your books.

Sylvia Hey
I finished Dragon Flight. Again, an awesome book!
Thank you.

Ashley I love Dragon Slippers And Dragon Flight they are my most favorite books!!!

Kaylee I love all your books and I can't wait until our library gets Dragon Flight.

Clare D' Lune Hey, loved your Dragon Slippers book... My library system still hasn't gotten your other books in and I've been sending in book requests in like crazy : ) Can't wait to read them though!

Dorlana Hi Jessica,
Thanks for the adding me to your friends list. Have a great day.

Candace Salima Hey Jessica - I loved Dragon Slippers. I'm looking forward to reading Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.

message 1: by Maya (last edited Apr 11, 2008 05:29PM)

Maya Irena Oh, I love fantasy books!!
I've checked your books' reviews and they're awesome!! I think I'm going to love them, but I don't know if I can find them in my country..

Hmm, if you're an author, so why don't you join as a goodreads author?

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