In this fascinating look at a modern-day world where dragons truly exist, the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Hero and the Crown" takes readers into a controversial nature preserve, which about 200 of the worlds few remaining dragons call home.In this fascinating look at a modern-day world where dragons truly exist, the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Hero and the Crown" takes readers into a controversial nature preserve, which about 200 of the worlds few remaining dragons call home.Read Less
Good. Ex-Library Book-will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Book selection as BIG as Texas.
New. 0142414948 Ships Within 24 Hours. Tracking Number available for all USA orders. Excellent Customer Service. Upto 15 Days 100% Money Back Gurantee. Try Our Fast! ! ! ! Shipping With Tracking Number.
What is it that Robin McKinley has that other fantasy writers don't? I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it has to do with the fact that her characters are so REAL and she puts the reader straight inside the characters' heads. And then there's her uncanny ability to set a scene so totally that even your sense of smell gets a workout (especially in this book). Maybe the fairy of language presided over her birth and from then on she just had it. Whatever the cause, "Dragonhaven" measures up to the best of her work, and also is a change of pace in that it features a male protagonist. I so enjoy her take on modern American society, in which this book and her previous, "Sunshine," take place. (with, of course, a fantasy twist to mix things up) Here, she explores the idea of "What if dragons truly existed and we'd nearly caused their extinction, until they were limited to a few wildlife preserves?" and then creates a whole scientific background for this premise. The story is told from the point of view of a kid who was born at the research institute within the preserve. His whole life is centered around these creatures, and becomes even MORE so as the story unfolds, due to events that I won't spoil for you. "Dragonhaven" is a startlingly emotional, stirring account of what happens when a young person is thrust into strange responsibility, and a gripping narrative of ethical/environmental themes.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-20 Set in a world nearly identical to our own-except for the existence of Draco australiensis (gigantic, reclusive, fire-breathing dragons who raise their infants in marsupial-like pouches)-this big, ambitious novel marks a departure of sorts for Newbery Medalist McKinley, whose previous works take place either in the realm of fairy tale and legend (Spindle's End) or the magical land of Damar (The Hero and the Crown). But fans will instantly recognize its protagonist, the tightly wound and solitary Jake, as classic McKinley. On his first-ever solo expedition in remotest Smokehill (the Wyoming dragon preserve and national park where he was raised), Jake stumbles across the single surviving newborn of a female dragon slaughtered by a poacher. Jake takes on the challenge of raising the orphaned creature, describing the process in minute and loving detail ("She was hopeless as a lapdog-the wrong shape, and she was too thick-bodied to curl properly-but she'd lie pretty contentedly on my bare feet, or behind my ankles-that's when she was willing... to lie down at all. She went on wanting skin [contact], and she still spent nights lying against my stomach"). When Jake attempts to reintroduce the dragon to her own species, a brave new era of dragon-human relations begins. One quibble: because Jake tells the story as a memoir, some climactic moments tend to be relayed at arm's length. On balance, McKinley renders her imagined universe so potently that readers will wish they could book their next vacation in Smokehill. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.