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Dragon Slippers

(Dragon Slippers #1)

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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 h
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Hardcover, 324 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2006)
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Jessica
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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! ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2017
This book is one of those books which may put you off by its beginning. Not that it's too slow. It's because it's too.....uneventful to enjoy. I remember how I suffered at least 40% of it. I was inexplicably annoyed. But I wanted to get through this book at least once to say that finally I have read a book recommended to me by Goodreads! After 50% I FINALLY began to enjoy it. And I am thankful now to Goodreads for the recommendation. ^^

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Creel is an orphan. Her aunt decided to give her
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Cassie
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Cara
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Jessica
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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! ...more
Amy
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
*reads original review*
*groans inwardly*
15 year old Amy strikes again...
This was a wonderful re-read. I'm surprised I haven't re-read it before. Creative, well-paced, and fun...definitely a treasure. I definitely disagree with my original assessment of religion in this book. I think it adds a nice flavor. Of course, I also appreciate myth a lot more now than I did at that age...

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This was a highly amusing, very well written book. Easily for younger grades, it also app
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Heather
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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TheBookSmugglers
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Thomas
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Srividya
This was an impulse read and while I did enjoy it, I won't say that I loved it. Don't get me wrong, it is a cute story, it just wasn't for me. I guess I have grown too old and too jaded to be awed by a simple tale. ;)

Creel's adventures, right from the time she is sacrificed to a dragon, by her aunt in the hope that a local prince will rescue and then marry her, to the end of the book is definitely full of fun, a little bit of poignancy, a lot of dedication and will, and definitely one to be admi
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Kaethe Douglas
I love the Buffy film, and Legally Blonde, because they take young women with girly interests and use those to literally and metaphorically kick ass. The heroine here is a talented seamstress, in a world where dressmaking is entirely manual labor. While I enjoy a story about a girl taking up a sword to fight a dragon, a story in which a girl makes a deal with a dragon is even better. And also, it reminds me of Dealing with Dragons.

Brilliant.

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Obsidian
I loved this book so much! Jessica Day George sets up a whole world and has dragons inhabit it. Creel (best name ever) is a heroine that kids will cheer for and her friendships with the dragons and her fight to keep them safe was heart warming.

"Dragon Slippers" has Creel dealing with the death of her mother which has her and her brother living with their aunt and uncle. Like many fairy-tale relatives, Creel's aunt kind of sucks. She decides that the only way that the family will be able to live
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Elaine
A very charming and sweet story of a farmgirl who befriends a dragon and is gifted a pair of slippers, unaware they hold the power of sway over dragonkind.

Creel meets no less than three dragons on her journey to the capital, where she hopes to find work embroidering. The first dragon gifted her a pair of shoes although he was loathe to part with them. Upon entering the city, she makes friends with a prince and an innkeeper who introduce Creel to the owner of the premier dress shop. Soon after s
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Katie W
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I must admit that I've had this book on my to-read list for a long time. I finally decided to read it and realized that I just was NOT in the mood for a book about dragons. I planned on skimming through it to get the gist of the story and then not continuing on with the sequels. Much to my surprise, I was quickly drawn into the story and it ended up to be a very cute book! Very entertaining with just the right mix of adventure, fantasy, good and evil, romance, etc. And yes, I will read the seque ...more
Matt
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
I've been searching for books that I can share with my daughters, so I checked this out based on recommendations for best books for young readers. Turns out, it's already one of her favorite books, and she was mystified when it showed up in the library reserves because she knew she hadn't reserved it.

I shouldn't be too surprised. I think she's already read more books than I have. And, I can see why she likes the story. It's got a spunky no-nonsense heroine and a lot of sweet little touches, plus
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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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Valerie
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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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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Lynn
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Amanda
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the first fifty pages or so of this book, I was just annoyed. The author went out of her way to establish that Creel, the main character, was not pretty- oh, but wait! She was smart. Ugh. Why? Whywhywhywhy? Why must it always be one or the other? Can't a girl be smart AND pretty? Or better yet, why does it even matter how she looks? Especially since this detail didn't really do anything to advance the story except give the reason why the protagonist thought no dragon would ever kidnap her. I ...more
Lena
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mary
When Creel’s scheming aunt gives her to the local dragon--in hopes that a wealthy young nobleman will come along to rescue and marry her--this independent, resourceful, and clever maiden is having none of it. Creel is no damsel in distress. She promptly makes peace with the dragon, rescues herself, and sets off for the city to earn her own living as a skilled seamstress and embroideress.

But a dragon’s gift has irrevocably entangled the unwitting young woman in a web of intrigue and danger, with
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Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
Cute story with dragons... But some parts were way too childish and unbelievable...!!
Grace
Sometimes my own prejudices trip me up. In this case, I'm referring to the high ratings for this book, which made me try to read some of her other books first. I was not that impressed.

This book, however, rocks. It rocks majorly! Plus it has dragons! Lots and lots of talking dragons with different personalities. Off the top of my head, I can't think of one thing I disliked about the book. There was something cute and sweet and uplifting about the entire book, although I did hate how that one gir
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Sabine
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Dakota★Magic in Every Book
This book was entirely too delightful for words. I'm always nervous when I pick up middle grade books because they can be enjoyed by all ages OR they can be written in a style that loses appeal with age. Dragon Slippers is a book for all ages. With wondeful characters, both dragon and human, an interesting story, and engaging writing, I have fallen in love with this book and am now in need of the sequels. ...more
C.
This was an engaging, unique, and enjoyable read. Kept my interest to the end. .Quite different. I definitely plan to read the next book in the series~. Dragon Flight (Dragon Slippers, #2) by Jessica Day George ...more
musa b-n
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and I was delighted to find it still held up for me! From a sympathetic read of dragons to in-depth and delightfully detailed accounting of fine craftsmanship (in this case, mostly embroidery), this book still sits squarely in my interests.
Hannah McManus
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So this book was amazing. I was not expecting it to be this good. Gah.
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