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Jake Mendoza lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. Smokehill is home to about two hundred of the few remaining draco australiensis, which is extinct in the wild. Keeping a preserve for dragons is controversial: detractors say dragons are extremely dangerous and unjustifiably expensive to keep and should be destroyed. Environmentalists and friends say there are no records of them eating humans and they are a unique example of specialist evolution and must be protected. But they are up to eighty feet long and breathe fire.

On his first overnight solo trek, Jake finds a dragona dragon dying next to the human she killed. Jake realizes this news could destroy Smokehill even though the dead man is clearly a poacher who had attacked the dragon first, that fact will be lost in the outcry against dragons.

But then Jake is struck by something more urgent — he sees that the dragon has just given birth, and one of the babies is still alive. What he decides to do will determine not only their futures, but the future of Smokehill itself.

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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.

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Dragons are extinct in the wild, but the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park is home to about two hundred of the world’s remaining creatures. Until Jake discovers a dying dragon that has given birth—and one of the babies is still alive.

About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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Therese McClintock, June 7, 2010 (view all comments by Therese McClintock)
Robin McKinley's ability to step back and to allow her story to speak for itself has been an aspect of her writing that has drawn me in again and again. In Dragonhaven, however, she brings this skill to new heights.
This book is set in a world that is delightfully, tantilizingly, similar to ours. Except, of course, for the fact that the main character, a self-consious young man named Jake Mendoza, lives on a dragon reservation. The book is meant to be Jake's own reflections on his extraordinary experiences in this park, his self-identified attempts to explain the inexplicable. As he apologized and fumbled in the opening pages, his sentence structure iffy and his focus wavering, I forgot that it was the talented Ms. McKinley who had written the words. Jake, rather, became intensely real to me. His personality and his voice were made clear simply through the way McKinley had used certain phrases and sentence structures.
That, of course, is just the techinical bit. The story itself moves with McKinley's usual grace. During a hike, Jake discovers a dead hunter, a dying dragon and its single surviving hatchling. Suddenly, the fate of the reservation seems all too precarious as the world outside the reservation is not too keen about the idea of dragons already, not to mention dragons that kill humans. Add to that Jake finding himself a surrogate mother for the hatchling, which leads to a series of significant events.
Throughout, Jake's personality remaines engaging and realistic, and the background provided on dragons and how on earth one would keep them on a park makes the book all that much more intruiging. Once again, McKinley has proven herself a master on the art of fantasy literature.
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Therese McClintock, June 7, 2010 (view all comments by Therese McClintock)
Robin McKinley's ability to step back and to allow her story to speak for itself has been an aspect of her writing that has drawn me in again and again. In Dragonhaven, however, she brings this skill to new heights.
This book is set in a world that is delightfully, tantilizingly, similar to ours. Except, of course, for the fact that the main character, a self-consious young man named Jake Mendoza, lives on a dragon reservation. The book is meant to be Jake's own reflections on his extraordinary experiences in this park, his self-identified attempts to explain the inexplicable. As he apologized and fumbled in the opening pages, his sentence structure iffy and his focus wavering, I forgot that it was the talented Ms. McKinley who had written the words. Jake, rather, became intensely real to me. His personality and his voice were made clear simply through the way McKinley had used certain phrases and sentence structures.
That, of course, is just the techinical bit. The story itself moves with McKinley's usual grace. During a hike, Jake discovers a dead hunter, a dying dragon and its single surviving hatchling. Suddenly, the fate of the reservation seems all too precarious as the world outside the reservation is not too keen about the idea of dragons already, not to mention dragons that kill humans. Add to that Jake finding himself a surrogate mother for the hatchling, which leads to a series of significant events.
Throughout, Jake's personality remaines engaging and realistic, and the background provided on dragons and how on earth one would keep them on a park makes the book all that much more intruiging. Once again, McKinley has proven herself a master on the art of fantasy literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441016433
Author:
McKinley, Robin
Publisher:
Ace Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Environmental Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.03x3.95x.98 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
17-14

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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Dragons are extinct in the wild, but the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park is home to about two hundred of the world’s remaining creatures. Until Jake discovers a dying dragon that has given birth—and one of the babies is still alive.

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