The Resource Dragonborn, Toby Forward

Dragonborn, Toby Forward

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Dragonborn
Title
Dragonborn
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Toby Forward
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eng
Summary
The great wizard Flaxfield's death leaves his twelve-year-old apprentice Sam half-trained, but when other wizards gather and debate his fate Sam, not knowing whom to trust, leaves with only his dragon, Starback, for company, unaware of the perils he must face
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  • Grades 4-6 Twelve-year-old Sam has been learning magic from Flaxfield. But halfway through the apprenticeship, Flaxfield dies, and Sam finds himself viewed with suspicion by the wizard’s other apprentices. He and Starback, a dragon, set out on their own, beginning a journey that will take Sam into great peril and toward his mysterious destiny. Meanwhile, an evil enchantress gloats over Flaxfield’s death and plots to capture Sam for reasons unknown. Actually, quite a lot is unknown to readers of the first book of the Flaxfield Quartet. Though the early chapters introduce a broad array of characters and creatures at a rapid pace, revelations about them are maddeningly slow. Still, there’s plenty to enjoy as the narrative unfolds, from the portrayal of Sam to the recurring oak tree question to the ongoing sense of danger. Forward can tell a story, and if setting up the saga’s structure put constraints on the first book, the next three volumes hold great promise for fans of adventure, fantasy, and dragons. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 18, p67)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Sam is a wizard's apprentice whose master dies halfway through his education. When former students of the great man quickly arrive on the scene with their own agendas, they are not impressed with the 12-year-old's abilities, and he cannot imagine becoming an apprentice to one of them. His closest companion has been Starback, a small dragon that has followed him loyally, but when he makes his escape from Flaxfield's little home and the wizards who now occupy it, even Starback deserts him. Sam has no way of knowing that the dragon has left him to divert the magicians who are on the boy's trail. Suddenly, Sam does not know whom to trust. A dwarfish being called a roffle convinces him that if he wants to continue his magical education, he can do no better than the College. On arrival, Sam finds that the dean is more interested in parlor tricks than in the deep magic that Flaxfield taught him to respect. Moving on, he becomes caught up in a wizards' war that leaves him near death. There are flashes where the boy and Starback are able to enter each other's consciousness, but the reason for their connection is not fully developed. It is apparent early on that Ash, a creepy beetle-munching figure who adds just the right amount of ghoulishness to the story, has ties to the College and is directing the evil forces, but readers will need to wait for the next installment to learn more about her. Forward has created a complex high-fantasy world in which nothing is quite as it seems. The story line can meander, but persistent readers will enjoy getting to know Sam and entering his world.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA --Kim Dare (Reviewed May 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 05, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ This beautifully written fantasy stars Sam, an unworldly wizard’s apprentice whose beloved master dies unexpectedly, leaving the 12-year-old boy half-trained, without clear direction, and fought over by a number of other wizards, not all of whom have his best interests at heart. Forward (The Wolf’s Story) masterfully balances humor with deadly serious content in a manner reminiscent of Lloyd Alexander at his best. His characters are, if not enormously complex, very well-drawn, particularly the wizards, whose actions can be grotesque: “A beetle scratched its way over her foot. She leaned forward, picked it up, and put it to her lips without thinking. She crunched it, sucked the soft pulp from inside.” Interspersed entries from Sam’s notebook add humor and insight while fleshing out Forward’s world (“A Wand is a bendy stick. That’s it. I’ve been told I have to write more on this page”). Also fascinating is the growing relationship between Sam and the dragon Starback, with whom Sam has a powerful psychic connection. This lovely tale, first in a series, should strongly appeal to fantasy aficionados. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 20, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 08, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10009527
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Forward, Toby
Index
no index present
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660L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A Dragonborn;
Series volume
.1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wizards
  • Apprentices
  • Dragons
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Dragonborn, Toby Forward
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9781599907246
Lccn
2010051029
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
Label
Dragonborn, Toby Forward
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9781599907246
Lccn
2010051029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations

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