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Dragon Captives

Title: Dragon Captives
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Unwanteds Quests
Recommended for: 4th – 8th grade
Pages: 419 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MCMANN, L. 

Synopsis: Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.
The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.
Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

This is a spin off series from the original Unwanteds series.  If you wanted to begin with this one, enough information is revealed that you would be ok.  I would highly recommended that you read the other series while you wait for the next book in the series, you will enjoy it.  If you have read the series you will be able to see some old friends from the original series and see what has happened to them. This series was a fast read, with short chapters and a lot of action.  I felt that the main characters had growth and that they will continue to see more growth.  This book ended with some twists and a cliff hanger so we will have to see what comes next.  I am hoping that some of the unanswered questions from the first series will get answered. I will definitely be reading this series.  On a side note I listened to the audio of most of the first series, so I was unable to for this series because the old characters were just awful to me. Simber the huge cat/ tiger with wings voice was grating.  I understand that the series is now following the sisters, so they chose a female voice, but it was hard to adjust I gave up after listening to 3 disc.  I finished the book by reading, much more enjoyable.

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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Adventure, Juv

 

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Dragon Was Terrible

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Title:   Dragon Was Terrible
Author:   Kelly DiPucchio
Series:   –
Recommended for:   Ages 4-8
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   E DIPUCCHIO, K.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except for a little boy with a good book.

Comments:

More accurately, when a dragon consistently engages in very bad behavior, the king tries to find someone who can tame him.  How bad is this behavior, you ask?  He spit on cupcakes, TP’d the castle, victimized ducklets and baby unicorns, burped loudly in church, put graffiti on walls, and that’s just a start.  Knights and other adults did not have any success.  Thank goodness for the little boy who decided to read the dragon (and everyone else) a good book!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Funny, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy

Wings of fireTitle: The Dragonet Prophecy
Author: Tui Sutherland
Series:  Wings of Fire
Recommended for: 4th – 7th grades
Pages: 336
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION SUTHERLAND, T.

Synopsis: Clay has lived his whole life under the mountain. The MudWing dragonet knows war is raging between the dragon tribes in the world outside – a war that he and four other dragonets are destined to end, according to the mysterious prophecy they have been taught. The five “chosen” dragonets were stolen from their homes while they were still in their eggs – and hidden away for years – all to fulfill the prophecy. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when danger threatens one of their own, Clay and his friends may choose freedom over fate … leave the mountain … and set the dragon world on a course that no one could have predicted.

I picked up this book because my son has been begging me to read the series. I have been putting him off, because I didn’t think that I would like it.  Well I was wrong!  I actually like the series and I am now plowing through the next book.  I found the book to have a good pacing, and developed characters.  Each book in the series focus on one of the five chosen dragonets. This book focuses on Clay the MudWing, so it follows him and what he learns about himself and more about his kind.  While all that is going on Clay and the other dragonets are thrust into their destiny as the dragonets of Prophecy.  My only complaint is that it was hard to remember who is allied with who as there are seven clans.  I think the author is doing a nice job only introducing one or two clans in a book.  ( I am only in the second book, so I will have to see if it stays that way.)

I think those who have read Warriors will enjoy this series, since Tui Sutherland is one of the many writers.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Fantasy, Juv

 

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Talon

TalonTitle: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon Saga
Recommended for:
Pages: 461 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION KAGAWA, J.

Synopsis:Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon‘s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey–and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him–and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 

This is another great series by Julie Kagawa.  Ember and Dante are twin hatchling dragons that up to this point have only ever been with trainers.  This summer they actually get to be around humans and no trainers.  Unfortunately, the next level of training is moved up and for the first time  Ember and Dante are separated for training.  This starts a riff between the two sibling.  Throughout the book you can see how the Ember is maturing and growing.  Dante you see a little from him but he is secretive.  The book also introduces Riley a Rouge dragon and Garret Xavier Sebastian a soldier of St. George. These are the guys that bring in a love triangle to the story and make Ember question everything she has been taught.  This is a good set up for the Talon Saga.  It is a good pace with action spread throughout.  I have read the second book and am eagerly awaiting the third book.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg

Dragon's eggTitle: Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg
Author: Debi Gliori
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Preschooler and up
Pages: 32 pages
Call Number/Link:  E GLIORI, D. 

Synopsis: A dragon finds an abandoned egg and lovingly raises the hatchling as her own, although Little One is very different from the baby dragons, and when disaster strikes it is the small, feathered hatchling that saves the day.

This is a cute story the big theme throughout is “sometimes things happen for a reason.”  The book starts out with a penguin child asking the mommy to read a bedtime story.  So they sit cuddled up together reading a story that turns out to be the mommy’s story. Great book to sit cuddled up with a little one and read, but also works well for read-aloud.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Picture Books

 

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Title:   Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon
Author:   Grace Lin
Series:  not a series, but companion book is Starry River of the Sky
Recommended for:  fifth grade and up
Pages:   278 pages
Call Number/Link:  J LIN

Rating:  *****

Newbery Honor Award

 

Synopsis:

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

Comments:

This is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read, and makes my lifetime top ten list.

The author blended a number of Chinese folk and fairy tales together to create an exciting adventure story.  The main character Minli loved listening to her father tell her a story every night.  Knowing the stories helped her on her quest to find and speak to the Old Man of the Moon.  She made various friends along the way, including a dragon, a buffalo boy and fun-loving twins A-Fu and Da-Fu.

The book is not an obvious “easy sell”, but it is sooooooo good.  I recommend it to all of you!  (And then ask that one of you figure out how to “sell it” to the kids.)

While the author drew her source material from folk and fairy tales, I think this book would still be appropriate for fantasy or adventure reading assignments.  It would also be good for an integrated unit study of China (history, customs, religion, literature) or for readers who like dragons and/or fearless female protagonists.

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Adventure, Juv

 

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