Friday, February 5, 2010

Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene is not a proper princess. Her parents, the King and Queen of Linderwall, do their best to teach her all the things a princess ought to know--dancing, embroidery, etiquette--but Cimorene prefers fencing, or cooking, or magic, over the things she is expected to do. Cimorene can tolerate this, until her parents arrange her marriage to a prince. Handsome as can be, he is also humorless and dull. So Cimorene takes the advice of her fairy Godmother and runs away to be a dragon's princess. What happens when an unconventional princess challenges the boundaries others have placed around her? She challenges dragons and wizards as she uncovers a treacherous plot against the dragon king.

With a strong cast of characters and a feminist protagonist, this books is perfect for any spunky tween who doesn't want to be just like everyone else. Anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy reading Wrede's subversion of typical fairy tale tropes.

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