Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
Why this book?
As a kid, Dealing with Dragons was unquestionably one of my favorite books. It’s the first book I remember reading and knowing with absolute certainty that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. There is so much to love: the delightfully twisted fairytale elements, the smart, independent, female characters, the humor, the dragons, and of course, Cherries Jubilee. The story of a princess who runs away to intentionally become a dragon’s princess captured my heart, but it was the incredible dynamic between the characters that brought me back again and again: the prickly dragon Kazul, the pragmatic, no-nonsense Morwen, and the relentlessly stubborn Cimorene. They are characters who captivated me as a child and still inspire me today. They butt against one another in hilarious and delightful ways but ultimately find ways to work together and support one another.