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Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
DRAGON RIDER
New York : Scholastic, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 0439456959

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

The humans are coming and they will flood the home of Firedrake and the other silver dragons.  There is no alternative but to try to find the mystical land of the Rim of Heaven.  Legend has it that is where the dragons came from originally and that it is still home to other silver dragons.  Firedrake knows that it is a dangerous journey but he also knows that the humans can't find out about the dragons.  Joined by Sorrel, a bad-tempered brownie and a homeless human they find along the way, Firedrake must not only avoid humans on his search for the Rim of Heaven but must also stay out of the clutches of Nettlebrand, the golden dragon who has vowed to hunt down and kill all the silver dragons.  Get ready for a great adventure in this fantasy story.

Booktalk #2

The rat brought the bad news despite the harassment of the bad-tempered brownie Sorrel. And she only told Firedrake, the only one she could count on to believe her.

"They're coming!" she shouted. "Human's are coming--coming here!"

So, Firedrake called a meeting of all the dragons outside Slatebeard's cave. Slatebeard, the oldest dragon in the valley, was one of the few who listened seriously to the rat. The humans were going to flood the valley she told them. But, the dragons just couldn't believe her. After all, they hadn't lived among the humans like rats did. They didn't understand what humans were capable of. Besides, where could they go? They had moved enough to get away from humans. Time after time.

"Go back to the Rim of Heaven," said Slatebeard, where the mountains are so tall that they touch the sky. The Rim of Heaven where the dragons originally came from.

But, it had been so long, that no one believed Slatebeard, they thought he was just dreaming. Except for Firedrake. And so, Firedrake set off alone that very night accompanied only by the grumpy Sorrel in search of the legendary home of the dragons, somewhere on the other side of the world. All he had to guide him was Slatebeard's remembrances and the help of a city rat (related to the rat that brought the bad news.

In the city, he would befriend an orphan human who would join the quest. A quest that would reveal a prophecy of the coming of the Dragon Rider who just might save the dragons from Nettlebrand, the enormous, seemingly indestructible and ageless Golden One. The one who had driven the dragons into hiding and banished them from the Rim of Heaven. Twigleg, the only remaining servant of the Golden One, a construct who served his master out of fear, would also join them. A double agent whose choice would help swing the tide in the final confrontation.  (Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Fantasy.
                        Dragons -- Fiction.
                        Animals, Mythical -- Fiction.

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