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Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Book Summary

Cimorene is an unusual princess who leaves a predictable life in Linderwall to live with a dragon.  Knights will attempt to rescue her, wizards will attempt to deceive her, and time may be running out before she can stop a plot involving the selection of the next dragon king.  This is the first book in the Enchanted Forest series.
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Dealing with Dragons

Book Review

The first few chapters, in which Cimorene rejects stereotypical princess activities, is more interesting than the adventures with dragons and wizards that follow. Her character meets obstacles, but she doesn't have flaws or make mistakes, so it is less satisfying than it might be. The book is fast-paced with plenty of action, and would appeal to many students as a read-aloud book. Cimorene is a great example of a strong female character.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Rejecting Stereotypes
  • Fairy Tales

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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