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Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
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Cimorene is not a proper princess. She would rather practice fencing, study Latin, and learn how to make cherries jubilee than embroider or dance. And upon finding out that she's supposed to be, horror or horrors, married, Cimorene decides to run away and becoems a dragon's princess instead.

In the ensuing weeks and months, Cimorene finds herself beset by princes who can't understand that she doens't want to be rescued, dragons who insist that princesses should be captured rather than walk willingly into their caves, and wizards who are determined to stir up trouble. It's just what she was looking for.

Dealing with Dragons is an altogether delightful read, throwing out sly references to classic fairy tales, and laughing at some of their ridiculousness. Cimorene is a wonderful heroine for this novel, which is aimed at young readers: she's intelligent, resourceful, caring, independant, and anything but proud. Highly recommended for the younger set, and for any adult, for that matter.
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