by Gail Carson Levine
When Elodie leaves home to find work in the capitol city of Two Castles, her mother has only two rules: become an apprentice to a weaver, and stay away from dragons and ogres. Elodie plans to become an apprentice actor instead, but soon finds herself assistant to a dragon detective, protecting an ogre from assassination. Elodie is in over her head from the beginning, but she is quick on her feet and manages to make friends and a home for herself. The dragon, Meenore, (known as IT because only a dragon can know its own gender) is my favorite character, and is completely different from any other dragon I’ve ever encountered in literature. This book uses themes from many different fairy tales and twists them around, which will be no surprise to fans of the author’s other books, such as Ella Enchanted and the Princess Tales. This is a worthy successor.
Reviewed by Rachel