Creel knows more than anyone that she's the most unlikely heroine who ever was, but her aunt is determined that it will make the family's fortune to have her "kidnapped" by a local dragon so that a knight will save her. Creel thinks it unlikely any knight in his right mind would care to save her, much less be saddled with her impoverished family forever after. Her aunt can't be dissuaded from the plan, however, which is how Creel finds herself standing at the mouth of a dragon's cave, looking into the eyes of a real dragon which she thought had disappeared or died long ago.
Creel comes up with a plan of her own insured to allow the brown dragon Theoradus to get back to his peaceful existence and rid of her at the same time. She asks for one item from his hoard, having heard the stories about the gold all dragons hide in their lairs, thinking it will be enough for her to leave her home and find her way in the world without a her pesky aunt trying to foist her off on local nobility. Imagine her surprise to discover that Theoradus hoards not gold, but shoes. When she makes her choice, she knows that something is wrong by the dragon's reaction, but it is many days before she finds the truth behind the azure shoes she now wears on her feet, and what it means that a human wears them once again.
If you read "Dragon Slippers," you'll enjoy being whisked away in Creel's adventure by Jessica Day George's skilled story telling. A fantasy with unique twists and turns, this middle grade fiction will be sure to satisfy the avid readers in your family. Check it out locally from the following libraries:
Publisher: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers
Source of review copy: personal collection