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Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider, 1) Paperback – April 1, 2011
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"Marvelous stuff for dreaming adventurers of any age." -- Clive Barker"A warm-hearted dream of a book." -- The Guardian (UK)"A good, old-fashioned ensemble cast quest." -- Booklist"Engaging and suspenseful." -- Voice of Youth Advocates"Exciting adventures abound...This book delivers." -- The Horn BookA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerA People Magazine Top 10 Pick
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- Publisher : Chicken House; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545316480
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545316484
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 710L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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--- "Firedrake, the dragon, and his feline "brownie" companion, Sorrel, have lived with all the other dragons in the same valley all of their lives. Then their friend, Rat, warns them all: the humans are going to turn their valley into a reservoir! The oldest dragon, Slatebeard, tells all the dragons that the only safe place to go is the Rim of Heaven... but only Firedrake decides to set off to find a long-forgotten, possibly un-real place. While hiding in a city to get a map from one of Rat's relatives, a boy named Ben finds them. After Ben helps Firedrake and Sorrel, they decide to take the boy with them. But, Sorrel didn't truly understand how to read the map, so they end up in an area marked to be bad. Sorrel reassures them that it will be fine, but in a nearby castle, a great evil has been told of a silver dragon on the mountain -- and the evil one is none other than Nettlebrand, the dragon hunter, the monstrous 'Golden One.' Will Ben, Sorrel, and Firedrake find the Rim of Heaven, and save the other dragons? Or will they lead Nettlebrand to hunt the pack? Find out in this great book! This was an awesome, fast-paced adventure novel that kept me page-turning and guessing as to what would happen next! It had me cheering on the characters, worried for them, and totally invested in the story. I loved all the main characters: good-hearted Ben; loyal, strong Firedrake; and even sassy Sorrel (the only main female character.) This book was a roller coaster of excitement and emotions. Since it is pretty long, I would recommend it to ages 9+. I think anyone who is a How to Train Your Dragon, or Harry Potter fan would like this book!"
Just found out a second book. Can’t wait to read.
My daughter loved it so much as a child she’s bought both books to read to her first grade students.
My only con of this book is that it ended before I was ready for it to end! I could have been immersed in the Dragon Rider forever. It does end giving me the presumption that there could be more adventures for the young dragons and the dragon rider, so I hope Ms. Funke decides to go there. I recently purchased the Inkheart series just to keep me going until she does!
Dragon Rider is a nice read for any age.
"Dragon Rider" has a more mythical setting, in the fact that it asks the reader to believe that fantastic creatures exist in the same realm as humans. The last of the known dragons on earth are facing eviction from their peaceful valley due to the expansion of humans. Firedrake, one brave dragon, agrees to search for the Rim of Heaven - a magical hiding place of the dragons, that may or may not exist. Along with his brownie friend Sorrel, they pick up a human boy named Ben as they travel the world in their quest. Along the way that meet humans who both help and harm, as well as other fantastic creatures who help and harm. Their journey is impeded through the evil machinations of Nettlebrand, the Golden One. A manmade dragon with impenetrable metal scales, Nettlebrand was designed to destroy all of the silver dragons. With the aide of his frightened servants, Nettlebrand tracks Firedrake, Sorrel and Ben as they make their way towards the Rim of Heaven, so that he may hunt and kill the last of the dragons.
Funke's story is filled with vivid and well-rounded characters. She weaves age-old stories with original plotlines, creating a story that no reader could put down until they know what happens to the heroes. "Dragon Rider" is filled with adventure and humor, a truly delightful story for children, as well as for the child inside every adult.