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Title:
Dragonfell
Summary:
Rafi Bywater is unlike anyone else. The people in his village don't trust him because he spends too much time in an abandoned dragon lair. When a stranger, Mister Flitch, accuses Rafi of being "dragon-touched," Rafi sets off to discover the truth about dragons -- and about himself. On his journey, Rafi befriends a brilliant scientist, Maud, who has secrets of her own. Together they search for dragons while escaping from a dangerous dragon hunter, engaging in a steam-engine car chase, and figuring out what Mister Flitch really wants with Rafi. And, oh yes, they do find the dragons.
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
261 pages ; 22 cm
Publisher:
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,
Publication Date:
2019
ISBN:
9780062665553
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

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Call Number:
J PRINEAS
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"An adventurous dragon tale that delivers an emotionally satisfying ending." --Kirkus

Fly with the dragons in this stunning fantasy from Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series!

Rafi Bywater is unlike anyone else. The people in his village don't trust him because he spends too much time in an abandoned dragon lair. When a stranger, Mister Flitch, accuses Rafi of being "dragon-touched," Rafi sets off to discover the truth about dragons--and about himself.

On his journey, Rafi befriends a brilliant scientist, Maud, who has secrets of her own. Together they search for dragons while escaping from a dangerous dragon hunter, engaging in a steam-engine car chase, and figuring out what Mister Flitch really wants with Rafi. And, oh yes, they do find the dragons.

Sarah Prineas delivers a sweeping adventure filled with glorious dragons of all kinds!


Author Notes

Sarah Prineas holds a PhD in English literature. She has taught honors seminars on fantasy and science fiction literature at the University of Iowa. She writes The Magic Thief series and fantasy short stories for adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-A classic middle grade quest story. Rafi's bright orange hair, dark eyes, and imperviousness to heat and cold set him apart from the other children in his hillside village, and he's strangely fascinated with Dragonfell, the nearby lair of a long-gone dragon. When scheming strangers threaten his community unless the townspeople turn him over, the boy leaves to draw the evildoers away. Determined to find the truth about the mysterious beasts and about himself, he joins self-proclaimed "dragon scientist" Maud on a search for answers. Along the way the travelers discover, and decide to foil, the schemers' plot to slaughter dragons. Written for a younger audience than Prineas' "Magic Thief" series, this novel features strong male and female main characters, villains with a bit of depth, a spectrum of interesting magical creatures, and an ever increasing herd of goats. Rafi's first-person present-tense narration dishes out plenty of action as the children run from wicked humans, dragons, and vaporwagons. There's a great big twist at the end that more sophisticated readers will enjoy figuring out long before the characters do. It's all great fun with a well-integrated message about being stuck in a confining shape until you can be who you truly are. VERDICT Dragon books are always popular; this one in particular is the perfect choice for graduates of Tracey West's "Dragon Masters" books.-Beth Wright Redford, formerly of Richmond Elementary School Library, VT © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.