Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede This is an older, but definitely still good one. I listened to the audio, an early full cast production by Bruce Coville. In the story, Princess Cimorene’s parents want to marry her off, due to her unfortunate tendency to study fencing, Latin, cooking, and anything else anyone will teach her. She runs away and volunteers to be the princess for the dragon Kazul. Between fending off would-be rescuers and dealing with the other dragons’ princesses, she discovers a plot by some nasty wizards to take over the dragons’ country. You can’t help but like the opinionated Cimorene, who refuses to let anyone tell her what to do. And Wrede’s humorous riffs on fairy tale conventions make the story laugh-out loud funny. If you’re a fan of fairy tales or fantasy, whatever your age, don’t miss this book. The audio version suffers a little from over-enunciation and inconsistent sound quality, but overall, the characters are convincing and hearing all the different voices makes the story come alive.
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