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Subject: Dragon books?
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Hello all,

My reluctant reader has an achilles heel- apparently she's very attracted to books about dragons/with dragons on the cover!  She's 6th grade/12 yrs. old. 

Recently she's been reading the D'Lacey series- Icefire, Fire Within, etc.  We've also found the Deltora series.

Anybody have any other suggestions?  I'd like to keep the ball rolling!

Thanks,

Sara



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Date Posted: 3/17/2008 8:18 PM ET
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what about Eragon? not sure what age it is appropriate for though

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 11:23 PM ET
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The Eragon series would most likely be a little difficult and long winded for her yet, especially if she isn't an avid reader; howerer, Anne McCaffery has a ton that are somewhat about dragons (I haven't read them in years and years...so I can't really remember much about them) but something like a dozen have a dragon on the cover.  A word of caution with regards to these books, the one's written by Anne are wonderful (I loved them as a preteen/early teenager), however, the ones written in recent years as a collaboration between Anne and her son are rumored to be rather disapointing.  Most kids can read Anne's books without too much of a problem by the fifth or sixth grade. 

The Chronicles of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander) might be a good fit as well.  They would be a little more age appropriate, but there are no dragons on the covers.  They might just be able to turn her into the full genre of fantasy though (the Disney Movie The Black Cauldron was based on this series). 

I have also heard good things about Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.  I believe there are five books in the series (all with dragons on the cover) and librarians have been raving about them since they were created (apparently it has a unique narrative style for young adult novels).  That's all I can think of at the moment, but I am sure I will walk away from my computer and think of a few more.



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Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Thanks for the ideas.  Her reading teach e-mailed me today seconding your recommendation of the Patricia Wrede series.  Looks like I'll have plenty to keep her busy this summer!

 

Sara

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 1:35 PM ET
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Why don't you try 'Dragon Rider' by Cornelia Funke. It's pretty good, and I don't think it would be too hard.

My 12 year old sister read Eragon and Eldest and loves them.

Good luck! -Rebekah

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 9:00 PM ET
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My son is also a reluctant reader, but loves dragon themed books. A great book series with a third to soon be released is Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owens. The second is entitled In Search of the Red Dragon.

 The ISBN for the first is 978-1-4169-1227-9



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Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Christine,

I was in B&N the other day and the bright red cover of In Search of the Red Dragon jumped out at me- so I went and found Here there be Dragons and picked that up.  I'm so glad to hear you recommend them- and that there's a third on it's way.  Hopefully she'll like them!

Sara

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 9:49 AM ET
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She might also like Jane Yolen's series: Dragon's Blood, Heart's Blood and A Sending of Dragons.  They are VERY good!

Oh, and I would second Patricia Wrede's series.



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Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:08 PM ET
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Oh, yes, definitely check out the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede!  There are 4 titles: 

Dealing with Dragons

Searching for Dragons

Calling on Dragons

Talking to Dragons

My daughter (11) LOVED these books!  So did I!

~Jori

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:27 PM ET
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You might look at the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock series by Cressida Cowell. They may be a little too "boy" oriented at first but a fiery female character is introduced in the third book, I believe. They are on the humorous side so they are pretty light reading. My DS loves these books.
Date Posted: 3/25/2008 12:53 AM ET
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I had forgotten about Cressida Cowell's books.  My son loves these as well!  These are few of the titles:

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Speak Dragonese

How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

~Jori

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 10:53 AM ET
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The first book in the Cowell series is "How to be a Pirate".
Date Posted: 3/25/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Hoosierneals

If your daughter gets confused with some of the story but generally like the book then go back and have her read the first one before she continues with the second. When I told my son that you bought the second first, he said that she might not understand whats going on without reading the first in the series. It could just be my son's point of view on the book! Just wanted to share that with you.

 

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 1:48 PM ET
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Hi Christine,

I wrote that message in a confusing way!  I did actually purchase the 1st in the series- just saw the dragon on the 2nd one on the display and it caught my attention.  When I saw it was volume 2 I put it back and went and found #1 so she can start at the beginning.

Thanks for mentioning it though, I have tried coming in at the middle in some series.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it's not a good idea.  Thanks for the heads up!

Sara