Dealing with Dragons – Patricia Wrede

Cimorene, princess of Linderwall, is a classic tomboy heroine with classic tomboy strengths–all of which are perceived by those around her as defects: “As for the girl’s disposition–well, when people were being polite, they said she was strong-minded. When they were angry or annoyed with her, they said she was as stubborn as a pig.” Cimorene, tired of etiquette and embroidery, runs away from home and finds herself in a nest of dragons. Now, in Cimorene’s world, princesses are forever being captured by dragons. The difference here is that Cimorene goes willingly. She would rather keep house for the dragon Kazul than be bored in her parents’ castle. With her quick wit and her stubborn courage, Cimorene saves the mostly kind dragons from a wicked plot hatched by the local wizards, and worms her way into the hearts of some of the most powerful dragons in the kingdom.

This is a princess that I would like to meet!  Cimorene is not one of those simpering princesses that NEEDS to be rescued, she defines her own destiny…and she meets dragons.  Very cool.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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