Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
I am Sarah. I am thirteen years old and an avid reader; it is one of my favorite things to do. Inspired by the multitude of author’s creation of magnificent places and surprising havens built by simple letters, I aspire to be an author and, meanwhile, nurture the love to write.
Creelisel’s aunt is dumber than two turnips in a rain barrel, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. To save the family from financial ruin, said aunt decides to sacrifice Creel to the local dragon, in the hopes that some marriageable knight will come to rescue the poor damsel-in-distress from its clutches.
Well, Creel’s having none of it. So when she falls into the claws of the mythical beast, she bargains her way to freedom along with a pair of blue slippers, heading off to find work as a seamstress—and a new life—in the King’s City, capital of Faravel. But it’s not as simple as that. As Creel befriends a community of dragons so different from what the fearsome stories always told, she realizes she’s caught up in a much bigger mess than the one she escaped from—a conflict between two countries, and two species, that happens to include her blue slippers at its epicenter.
Told with wit and humor and a certain eye for cultural detail, Jessica Day George weaves a fast-paced story that, much like Creels’s embroidery, is colorful, complicated, and incredibly entertaining. As Creel makes unlikely friendships and is quick to gain enemies, she finds herself the mediator between two sides of a centuries-old rift—and that the chance to prevent bloodshed may land squarely on her unsuspecting shoulders.