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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  15,272 ratings  ·  1,712 reviews
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 fa
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Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2006)
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Jessica
May 17, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My first published novel, and I have to say: I am pretty DARN impressed with myself! I read it aloud to my son (6 years old) because he wanted to know what was in Mommy's books. He liked it as well!
Cara
Apr 08, 2014 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, series
This book reminded me of when I had my fantasy phase. All I would read was fantasy (I know better now) but I would have gobble this up then just like I did now.

Creel is a poor girl from Carlieff, she has lost her mother and father and is now living with her aunt. Her aunt has the "genius" idea to send Creel to purposely get taken by a dragon, so that a charming prince will rescue and of course marry her. Through that marriage the whole family would benefit and no longer be scraping by to make
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Cassie
This was one of those books that completely surprised me. I thought I had an idea of what the book was going to be about because the initial premise is “Girl’s family is poor, aunt decides giving her to a dragon to be rescued will improve their life immensely,” and that premise reminds me a great deal of Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. So I was expecting a humorous fantasy tale filled with wacky adventures. Instead, I got a somewhat humorous political story with a strong female heroine w ...more
Heather
Mar 08, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All my friends--and all lovers of YA fantasy
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Bravo! I have to confess, as much as I try to keep my tastes liberal (I read classics, memoirs, fiction and non-fiction), this is really my favorite kind of book. I'm proud to be your goodreads friend, Jessica--this book was pure fun! I especially liked the subtle reference to Goose Girl, another of my favorite reads.

This book is the rags-to-riches, up-by-her-bootstraps story of a plucky, talented girl who happens to run into dragons a lot. I loved the characters and the humor. I was glad to se
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
I read this book 4 years ago and I re-read it recently so some of my views have changed.

4.5 stars!

I distinctly remember why I chose to read this book. It wasn't because of the cover (if that is Shardas on the cover, it's a bit disappointing); Ms. George's writing just sucks you in from the very first page. Though this is clearly fantasy, the story is believable and the characters are compelling.

Creel is from a poor family in little Carlieff Town, and is presented as a sacrifice as part of her
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Thomas
Creel doesn’t particularly care for her aunt – and Creel’s aunt doesn’t particularly care for her, either, considering that she tries to sell Creel to a dragon. After Creel’s parents passed away she had no choice but to reside with her aunt. But when her extended family runs into financial problems, Creel is sent to face a dragon in hopes of getting a dashing – and wealthy – knight to save her. Things take a more interesting turn when Creel walks away with a blue pair of slippers and a dream of ...more
Jessica
May 28, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the British edition of Dragon Slippers. I love it, it's a fun cover, and they've changed the spellings: color to colour, etc. Also, they made me take out the word 'bloody', which is in the American version!
Valerie
Apr 02, 2010 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who liked Dealing with Dragons, Ella Enchanted, Fortunes Folly
Shelves: fantasy
I've been putting this book off for a while now. My only excuse is that I got caught up in rereading older favorites and newly released books. I kind of had this great picture in my mind of how this book would be. As per usual it was different than I thought and as per usual it was in a good way.

Hating to be a burden and hoping for a new and better life Creel reluctantly agrees to go with her Aunt's crazy plan to be captured by a dragon. Her Aunt hopes to get a wealthy knight/prince to rescue h
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Lynn
When the family farm is in peril of foreclosure, Creel's aunt decides that Creel should visit the dragon on the hill in order to be saved by a knight who will also rescue the family's fortunes. Creel rolls her eyes but finds herself throwing rocks at the cave entrance anyway, never seriously expecting to see a dragon. But a dragon is there, even if he is old and tired and collects shoes instead of gold. He gifts Creel with a pair of shoes of her choice and Creel, after choosing a beautiful pair ...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Following the death of her parents, Creel and her brother are grudgingly taken in by her aunt and uncle. While her brother can pull his weight and helps out on the impoverished farm, Creel, unfortunately, has slightly less to offer. She has no dowry, no special beauty or magical ability, and therefore has limited prospects for marriage. To her aunt, Creel is another mouth to feed, until said aunt comes up with the brilliantly ridiculous idea to get rid of
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Waffle...♥
I'm sorry to say this book was not as good as I expected. I was about to give it 2 stars until I reached the final few chapters that got me me sitting up in my chair with wide eyes trying to absorb the story as quickly as possible to satisfy my curiosity. I find that this novel has a great plot... but the characters personality and actions are most debatable.

Creel, the heroine main character, is very intelligent as proven many times in the story. She outwitted wise dragons that have lived for c
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Sabine
Feb 23, 2008 Sabine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I had the opportunity to meet Dragon Slippers author Jessica Day George at the LTUE conference this past month. She was completely delightful and tons of fun, and her book was as great as she was. It is the story of a young girl named Creel who is given to a dragon when her family can no longer support her. I was enchanted from the first line on which reads: It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon.
From that moment on I knew I had a winning book in my hands. Creel is a great heroine
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Kat Heckenbach
Okay--probably more like 3.5 stars. I discovered this book when a friend recommended it, and I love just anything dragon :). The story is sweet and fun, with a likable main character and a twist on the dragon-as-treasure-hoarder trope.

I did, at one point, almost stop reading because the dragons moved to the background and the story started to slow, but I am very glad I gave it a second shot because the plot picked up again right after the point I'd considered stopping. The dragons came back int
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Rebecca
This is one of my all time favorites. I might even go so far as to say it IS my ALL TIME favorite.

This book is amazing! I have read it so many times I have the first line memorized (well, really the whole first page), and that line had me hooked the very first time I read it. "It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon." Creel lives with her aunt and uncle on their poor farm with lots of impoverished cousins. Her silly aunt decides to give creel to a dragon in the hopes that a dashing
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Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal
I wanted to love this book, but I could only like it.

First, Creel. I mean, Creel? Come on, son.

Now, down to the business of my book malaise. The foundation of the story doesn't sit well with me. I am hung up on the whole slipper procurement. I know the title of the book is "Dragon Slippers," but really, the way she came by them makes no sense.

Creel originally wanted something of value from the dragon's hoard, like a fancy schmancy goblet, to sell for some quick cash to get her to the King's Sea
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Amber Ditullio
I was first introduced to Jessica Day George's writing when I read about her book Tuesdays in the Castle. A sentient castle? Princes and Princesses who need to be in charge when their parents are feared dead? People out to get them? Perfect. As soon as I finished reading it at the end of last year, I put the next book in the series, Wednesdays in the Castle, on my Goodreads Want to Read list.

I don't know why I hadn't gone looking for more of her books. I think it was the sheer number of books al
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This book gives a whole new meaning to the word “dragons.” In this book the dragons actually interact with humans and have their own personalities. These dragons also have collections. One of them collects DOGS. Can you picture that?

I really liked Creel as the main character. She was spunky and didn’t sit and wait for fate to take its course. Another thing I liked was the budding relationship between Creel and the prince. I saw love in the air with those two! The setting was amazing! Fanta
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Allanna
Apr 02, 2008 Allanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Allanna by: Shannon Hale
I expected this to be rather like any other of the dragon books I've read before ... You know: child meets dragon, becomes friends, they fly around, maybe meet some people, blah, blah, blah ...

This is a little different. There's a little resemblance to Shannon Hale's "Goose Girl" books in the flavor.

A purpose-driven and capable heroine who deals with her problems in a very matter-of-fact way. Who accepts her responsibilities ... who knows how to use her talents.

I'd be very glad if my children r
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Vanessa
Creel is an orphan with an attitude problem. She lives with her silly aunt who thinks that if Creel is kidnapped by the local dragon (who, if they really thought about it, doesn’t cause much trouble) then the local nobleman’s son will have to rescue and marry her, even though Creel couldn’t care less about marrying the Lord’s son. The dragon, however, doesn’t seem much interested in Creel, so the aunt practically shoves her into the dragon’s cave. Creel doesn’t lose her wits, however, and makes ...more
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Sierra Abrams
Creel doesn’t know what to expect when her nice but greedy aunt sends her to the dragon’s cave to get rescued by a rich count – or prince, for that matter – and be swept away. Her aunt’s hope is that Creel will end up with enough riches to support her and the rest of her extended family for a lifetime. Creel, however, manages to bargain with her dragon captor and even manages to win a pair of blue slippers from the dragon’s lair. However, these slippers have more to do with dragons that she coul ...more
Sara
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George stars Creel who finds herself with a pair of very special slippers after meeting a dragon. When Creel's Aunt comes up with a scheme to marry off Creel by giving her to a dragon so she will have to be rescued Creel instead makes a bargain with the dragon. She agrees to leave if the Dragon will give her part of his treasure so she can move to the city and find work as a seamstress. The dragons treasure turns out to be a huge pile of shoes and the strange shoes ...more
Mika
So, here’s the thing: I have a list of all the books I mean to read, and I add to it whenever I hear of an interesting-sounding book. That means I have no idea where or how I heard of most of them, except the classics. Then again, maybe that’s an advantage, because I have no preconceived notions about “This book is recommended for people who like Harry Potter” or “Someone at church recommended this” or “Here’s a bestseller.” I hate preconceived notions about books and movies. I hate reading revi ...more
Cheryl Landmark
I loved this book! It was a fun, well-written fantasy adventure with a very likeable heroine. And, because it contained both dragons and dogs, it thoroughly appealed to me.

Creel was clever, kind, brave and plucky and, even though she didn't possess magical powers or extraordinary warrior skills, she nevertheless was a commendable heroine. She wasn't afraid to stand up for herself or her friends, even against someone as intimidating and powerful as the king himself or the totally evil princess, A
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Marci
Why am I not surprised to learn that Jessica Day George attended BYU? She joins a gaggle of children's and young adult authors who also attended BYU or who have other ties to the Mormon church: Brandon Mull, Stephanie Meyer, James Dashner, Becca Fitzpatrick, Obert Skye, Shannon Hale, Lisa Mangum--to name but a few. I have to admit to loving all things dragon. If I painted my perfect fantasy world, my best friend would be a dragon. I tell you this so you understand my admitted prejudice. I thorou ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

DRAGON SLIPPERS is one of the best fantasy books I've read in ages! I always feel like good fantasy is hard to find, but this book certainly succeeded in being that and much more.

When Creel's parents die, her rather silly aunt is going to be hard-pressed to come up with the money to feed Creel and her brother, so she comes up with a plan. She's going to give Creel to the dragon rumored to live in the hills near their town and convince a local noble
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Kaylabee
I saw this book on my "recommendations" list. And, naturally, instantly added it to my "to-read" list. I mean, the title is just so enticing. Dragons AND shoes!?!? No. Flippin'. Way. I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. (not to mention the awesome looking dragon on the cover.)
So then I check it out at my local library (which was surprising since apparently somebody in this town keeps on checking out ALL OF THE BOOKS that I want to read before I get there. (whoever you are, I WILL find you. And I WILL pu
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Kathy
Fantastic! I absolutely loved this book and am a huge fan of Jessica George’s work. I am in eager anticipation of picking up the sequel to this book, Dragon Flight, as soon as possible. It’s been awhile since I stayed up late at night to finish a book, which I had to do for Dragon Slippers. I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. I am normally not a huge fan of dragons. I love fairy tales and fantasy novels, but for some reason I have never really liked dragon stories. This book has made me ...more
Dorian
Creel's family is poor. So her silly aunt decides that the thing to do is have her rescued from a dragon, since knights who rescue girls from dragons always then marry said girls. Creel does not think much of this notion, so stopping only to do a deal with the dragon in which the dragon gets to not have to deal with the knight, and Creel gets a pair of shoes from his hoard, she heads off to the capital city to seek her fortune.

On the way, she meets and becomes friendly with another dragon. Once
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Shauna
Delightful! I am rating this a full five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish, even if it may not be new or challenging or "amazing." It was, instead, a very fun surprise of a book that I picked up randomly off the library shelf (only to find now that my good reader friends Jean and Donna have already read and loved this book), and that I got caught up into (smiling all the while, I might add) right from the first sentence. I liked that it was absolutely clean (not a hint o ...more
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