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Dragon's egg, by Sarah L. Thomson

Label
Dragon's egg
Title
Dragon's egg
Statement of responsibility
by Sarah L. Thomson
Title variation
Dragons egg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mella, a young girl trained as a dragon keeper, learns that the legends of old are true when she is entrusted with carrying a dragon's egg to the fabled Hatching Grounds, a dangerous journey on which she is assisted by a knight's squire
Storyline
Pace
Writing style
Award
Lupine Award (Maine) for Juvenile/Young Adult, 2007.
Review
  • Gr. 3-6 Mella is 12, young to be a dragon keeper, but she is gifted beyond her years at caring for the "common dragons" that folk in her kingdom cultivate as domestic creatures. A strange visitor comes to her family's inn, a knight defender whose job is to keep the kingdom safe from "true dragons," the enormous speaking cousins of Mella's charges, who long ago menaced the kingdom. Through chance circumstance, a dying true dragon gives Mella the task of delivering a dragon's egg safely to the Dragontooth Mountains. Young Roger, the defender's squire, joins Mella in her quest. Reminiscent of both McCaffrey's Pern books and Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, this lively adventure will be just the thing for dragon lovers too young for Christopher Paolini's Eragon (2004). Mella and Roger are sympathetic, distinctive characters, and Thomson's richly descriptive writing creates a fantasy world readers will want to revisit. -- Carton, Debbie (Reviewed 10-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 3, p52)
  • Gr 4-6 Twelve-year-old Mella is a dragon keeper; she has the gift of soothing and communicating with the domestic dragons that her family keeps for their eggs, which are a popular menu item at their inn. Thinking that wild dragons are things of legend, she and the other residents of her small town are surprised when a knight arrives at the inn seeking signs of just such a beast. She discovers a mysterious object in a cave, which turns out to be the egg of a true dragon (the large, fearsome, and wise kind). When the dragon is mortally wounded by the knight, she promises the creature that she will return the egg to its hatching ground in the distant Dragontooth Mountains. She and Roger, the knight's page (who has a secret of his own), embark on a dangerous quest. A dragon-hating enemy, a difficult journey through the wilderness, and of course the majestic dragons add lots of excitement to this fast-paced adventure. Mella is a likable character who gains the self-confidence and strength needed to keep her word. This book is sure to be popular with fans of Emily Rodda's "Deltora Quest" series (Scholastic) and other dragon fantasies. Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed January 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 1, p128)
  • Tales of girls challenging dragons are plentiful, but two things set this one apart: It's intended for a middle-grade audience and the dragons are small, domesticated animals, and, much like farm hens, prized for their eggs. Mella is the family dragonkeeper, fulfilling the mantle her Gran placed on her shoulders when she died. Like everyone else, Mella doesn't believe that ancient, menacing, magical dragons exist anymore until a Knight of the Order of Defenders, who was wounded by one, stops at their inn. When Mella comes face to face with the dragon, injured and dying, she promises it she'll take the warm and glowing dragon egg home to the Dragontooth Mountains. Roger, the Knight's page, is determined to go with her; they walk miles following a river, are kidnapped, rescued by a shepherd, discover an ancient cave with mystical symbols where dragons were bred, scale cliffs and manage to keep the egg hot and safe and themselves alive. Mella's spunk, Roger's real identity and descriptive scenes lend character to the usual fantasy elements, with the egg hatching its own individuality. (Fantasy. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
259330
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomson, Sarah L
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Grades 3-7
  • 770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dragons
  • Eggs
  • Voyages and travels
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Dragon's egg, by Sarah L. Thomson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780061288470
Lccn
2007009145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780061288470
  • 9780061288487
Label
Dragon's egg, by Sarah L. Thomson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780061288470
Lccn
2007009145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780061288470
  • 9780061288487

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