From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Princess Ivory has grown up in the isolated kingdom of Ardendale as the only child of an absentminded king. Per the Dragon Treaty, she is locked in a tower when she turns 14, there to languish until the nefarious prince from a neighboring land kills her dragon guard and marries her. But as Ivy has no intention of marrying this prince, she escapes from the tower with the help of the dragon (a runty and peaceful creature named Elridge) and goes off with him to discover a way to foil the prince's plan to destroy Ardendale. They have many perilous adventures and meet some intriguing characters, including a romance-prone fairy godmother named Drusilla and an adorable but hideously grumpy miniature goat named Toadstool. Their fates being intertwined, Ivy and Elridge hit it off right away, and by the end of the story they are clearly best friends forever. This is a fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action. Give it to fans of Donna Jo Napoli's The Prince of the Pond (Puffin, 1994) or Diane Zahler's The Thirteenth Princess (HarperCollins, 2010).Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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When Princess Ivy turns 14, she will be locked in a tower and guarded by a dragon until a prince can rescue and marry her. Only days before her birthday, the arrogant and power-hungry Prince Romil shows up, coveting the throne and position of King of Ardendale. Once she's locked in the tower, Ivy realizes that she cannot marry such an evil man, and she climbs out the lone window, nearly falling to her death. Luckily, she is rescued by Elridge, a small dragon who cannot breathe fire and is something of a chicken. The unlikely pair sets out to find Ivy's fairy godmother, Drusilla, fighting off trolls and swamp sprites in the process, hoping Drusilla can help them defeat Romil and save the kingdom. Ivy is an engaging alternative to the standard damsel-in-distress figure, and with a lushly vivid setting, witty dialogue, and lots of adventure, this well-plotted first novel will appeal to fans of Vivian Vande Velde's A Hidden Magic (1985) and A Well-Timed Enchantment (1990). Grades 5-8. --Melissa Moore