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ISBN13: 9780399246753
ISBN10: 0399246754
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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 dragon—a 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.

Review:

"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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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.

Synopsis:

Jake lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. There are five million acres of the Smokehill wilderness, and the endangered dragons rarely show themselves. Jake's never seen one except at a distance. But then, on his first overnight solo in the park, he meets a dragon - and she is dying. More than that, she has just given birth, and one of the babies is still alive. . . .

About the Author

Robin McKinley is the critically-acclaimed author of numerous novels, including Newbery Medal winner The Hero and the Crown and Newbery Honor winner The Blue Sword. Her vivid descriptions of life on a nature preservation that is home to over two hundred dragons will captivate and enthrall readers of all ages. She lives in England.

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Jeane, September 24, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
McKinley takes creatures of fantasy and puts them in the everyday world. The loch ness monster is very alive, and has male suitors; there's intelligent life on Mars (in the form of sentient lichens), and dragons are a rare, endangered species. So when this kid saves an orphaned baby dragon, he's not only breaking the law and causing tons of trouble for his family, but getting himself more closely involved with the giant, dangerous beasts than anyone has ever done before... A wonderfully imagined story full of details that make it feel very realistic.
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titianlibrarian, January 21, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
Incredible.

I'm not a gigantic SFF (science fiction/fantasy) reader, but for Robin McKinley's work I'll make plenty of exceptions. She won the Newbery for The Hero and the Crown years ago, and her other books are just as good. It's not just the characters and the writing, it's that she is able to create an entire world in every book, a world that is so complete without being too otherworldly (no bizarre robots or spaceships here). Like Rowling has done with the Harry Potter books, she has been able to create a separate space for her characters, a space in which every detail has been thought out and imagined; even if the storyline doesn't revolve around those details, the depth is there.

I can't tell you what it's about, and you shouldn't read the jacket of the book either. Just take me at my word and get it. Make yourself a gigantic cup of cinnamon tea and sit down with the book on your lap and work through it page by page. You'll be glad.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399246753
Publisher:
Putnam Juvenile
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Author:
McKinley, Robin
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070920
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.24x6.48x1.16 in. 1.21 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

Related Subjects

Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General
Children's » Science and Nature » Environment
Children's » Science and Nature » Environmental Fiction
Young Adult » General

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Product details 272 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399246753 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Jake lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. There are five million acres of the Smokehill wilderness, and the endangered dragons rarely show themselves. Jake's never seen one except at a distance. But then, on his first overnight solo in the park, he meets a dragon - and she is dying. More than that, she has just given birth, and one of the babies is still alive. . . .
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