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Dealing with Dragons (1990)

by Patricia C. Wrede

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (1)

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Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
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This is still far and away my favorite children’s fantasy series and I still want to grow up to be a dragon’s princess/treasure organizer/rare books cataloger. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
This book sparked joy in me. Will definitely recommend to kids. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
From the author: "These books owe a lot to the Oz books and the “Fractured Fairy Tales” segment of the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoons, and they were great fun to write. Dealing with Dragons began as a short story, “The Improper Princess,” and was expanded to novel length at the insistence of Jane Yolen, my editor at Harcourt. It, and the subsequent two books, tell the story of Cimorene, a fairy-tale princess who finds her expected duties boring and therefore runs away to become the “captive” princess of a dragon."

https://pcwrede.com/books/enchanted-forest/ ( )
1 vote librisissimo | Mar 2, 2021 |
A favorite re-read. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This is probably a 4 1/2 star. Really good, fun read for younger YA (and adults ;) ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wrede, Patricia C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Besnier, YvesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caldwell, LizNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coville, BruceActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coville, KatherineActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delval, Marie-HélèneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dyer-Bennet, DavidAuthor's photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elliot, JohannaActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, NickActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golden, JoshActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golden, MattActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hankins, RussellActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartman, DaliaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lape Jr., Willard E.Actorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molesky, BillActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puda, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quintal, Lana M.Actresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenthal, Elise J.Actresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmuckler, CarolActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seve, Peter deCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sustare, GailActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For ALAN CARL and ANNIE BUJOLD, because they liked the other one a lot
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Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable. The climate was unremarkable. The knights kept their armor brightly polished mainly for show -- it had been centuries since a dragon had come east. There were the usual periodic problems with royal children and uninvited fairy godmothers, but they were always the sort of thing that could be cleared up by finding the proper prince or princess to marry the unfortunate child a few years later. All in all, Linderwall was a very prosperous and pleasant place.
Cimorene hated it.
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Dealing with Dragons was also published under the title Dragonsbane.
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Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

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Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimorene has never met anyone (or anything) like the Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, or a stone prince either. Princess Cimorene ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.
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