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Searching for dragons
Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
Personal Author:
First Magic Carpet Books edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Magic Carpet Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
[x], 242 pages ; 18 cm.
With the aid of King Mandanbar, Princess Cimorene rescues the dragon Kazul and saves the Enchanted Forest from a band of wicked wizards.
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 9.0 6991.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 14 Quiz: 10119 Guided reading level: NR.
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FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
FICTION Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult

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Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, meets her match in the not-quite-kingly Mendanbar. With the aid of a broken-down magic carpet and a leaky magical sword, the two tackle a series of dragon-nappings.

Author Notes

Patricia Collins Wrede is an American fantasy writer, born 1953 in Chicago, Illinois; she is the eldest of five children.

She graduated from Carleton College in 1974 with a BA in Biology. She earned an MBA from University of Minnesota in 1977. She finished her first book in 1978. She is a full-time writer.

She is a vegetarian and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her three cats.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dealing as it does with dragon-napping and magic-stealing, this sequel to Dealing with Dragons puts a whimsical spin on familiar fairy-tale elements. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-In this lighthearted tale of dragon-napping and magic gone awry, Princess Cimorene, a feisty young girl who craves more adventure than palace life has to offer, runs away to live in an enchanted forest. There, she serves as Chief Cook and Librarian to Kazul, leader of the dragons. When an unsavory group of wizards captures Kazul, Cimorene joins forces with the unpretentious King Mendanbar. Together they set out to rescue Kazul and the dragon kingdom. This second book (Harcourt, 1991) in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series continues Patricia C. Wrede's Dealing with Dragons (Harcourt, 1990). However, each book can stand on its own quite well. In this full cast production, the pace is perfect and the delivery is superb. Mike Dirksen and Lauren Singer give especially fine performances as King Mendanbar and Princess Cimorene. Fantasy lovers will not be disappointed in the recorded version of this charming tale.-Celeste Steward, Contra Costa County Library, Clayton, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 In Which the King of the Enchanted Forest Takes a Day Offp. 1
2 In Which Mendanbar Discovers a Problemp. 15
3 In Which Mendanbar Receives Some Advice from a Witchp. 29
4 In Which a Wizard Pays a Visitp. 42
5 In Which There Is a Misunderstanding and Mendanbar Does Some Plumbingp. 55
6 In Which Mendanbar and Cimorene Have a Long Talk and Mendanbar Reluctantly Decides to Embark on a Journeyp. 69
7 In Which a Wizard Makes a Mess and the Journey Beginsp. 82
8 In Which They Give Some Good Advice to a Giantp. 96
9 In Which They Discover the Perils of Borrowed Equipmentp. 109
10 In Which Mendanbar Decides to Experimentp. 122
11 In Which Mendanbar and Cimorene Are Very Busyp. 136
12 In Which Yet Another Wizard Tries to Cause Troublep. 150
13 In Which They Return to the Enchanted Forest at Lastp. 163
14 In Which Mendanbar Has Some Interesting Visitorsp. 178
15 In Which Everyone Arguesp. 192
16 In Which Mendanbar Cleans Upp. 205
17 In Which Mendanbar Grows Some Trees and Makes a Wicked Suggestionp. 217
18 In Which Willin Finally Gets to Arrange a Formal Celebrationp. 229