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Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.

The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.

The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect — everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.

Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

Review:

"This magnetic middle-grade debut...[is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal." Publishers Weekly, starred

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"Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum." Kirkus Reviews, starred

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"A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic...Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot." School Library Journal, starred

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Piper lives in a world where the veil into others is thin. Meteor storms rain down objects from other lands, which Piper and her neighbors gather and sell to the rich citizens of the Dragonfly territories. Scavenging these strange odds and ends is the only way to make money in the outer provinces.

Piper is good at gathering debris from the storms, but it's dangerous work. And one day, proof of just how dangerous is lying amongst the rubble of her carriage, unconscious.

The girl is beautiful and well dressed, and the dragonfly marking on her wrist confirms that she is the most valuable thing Piper's ever stumbled upon. But people don't leave valuables in the wastelands, so Piper decides to take her home.

It's who comes for the mysterious girl that begins a journey that will change both of their lives forever.

About the Author

Jaleigh Johnson is the author of three books for adults. The Mark of the Dragonfly is her first book for young readers. She lives outside of Chicago.

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Melinda Ott, March 27, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I need to preface this review by saying that this is not a book like anything I've read. It is written for the "Middle Grades" group and it is certainly unlike anything I would have read at that age. It is also described as "Steampunk" and, honestly, I'm not even sure what that is. I say this because I really have nothing to compare this book to.

However, I will say that I greatly enjoyed this book. I did have some unmoored feelings at the beginning of the book--what is this? where are they? sort of thing--but I'm chalking that up to my unfamiliarity with the genre rather than the book. I will say that this book had a definite dystopian feel, although I don't know if that is consistent with the Steampunk genre.

Piper is a very interesting character. Her motives are very clear from the start, yet she still grew as a character throughout the book. The other two main characters--Anna and Gee--were more static, but that fit with the overall story.

There were plenty of twists in this book and, while there were a few story elements I could see coming, the book kept me on my toes throughout my reading. Johnson also does a very good job of pacing this book. I was beginning to worry if this was going to be one of those books where everything ties up too neatly in the last to pages or, on the flip side, I'd be left with an open cliffhanger, but neither happened. While Johnson completed the plot well, and it did not feel rushed at all, there is still room for sequels.

And I do hope there are sequels. I can't say that this book has turned me on to Steampunk (I'm sure someone will tell me exactly what that is), but it has turned me onto the characters in this book and Johnson's writing. Even though it is written for a much younger crowd, as an adult I still found this to be a worthwhile and entertaining read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385376150
Author:
Johnson, Jaleigh
Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Publication Date:
20140325
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
30.5 x 9.75 x 6.25 in 13.2 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 400 pages Delacorte Books for Young Readers - English 9780385376150 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This magnetic middle-grade debut...[is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal."
"Review" by , "Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum."
"Review" by , "A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic...Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot."
"Synopsis" by , Piper lives in a world where the veil into others is thin. Meteor storms rain down objects from other lands, which Piper and her neighbors gather and sell to the rich citizens of the Dragonfly territories. Scavenging these strange odds and ends is the only way to make money in the outer provinces.

Piper is good at gathering debris from the storms, but it's dangerous work. And one day, proof of just how dangerous is lying amongst the rubble of her carriage, unconscious.

The girl is beautiful and well dressed, and the dragonfly marking on her wrist confirms that she is the most valuable thing Piper's ever stumbled upon. But people don't leave valuables in the wastelands, so Piper decides to take her home.

It's who comes for the mysterious girl that begins a journey that will change both of their lives forever.

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