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The Story of Owen: The Dragon Slayer of Trondeim

by E. K. Johnston

Published by Carolrhoda Lab , 2014
305 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒677-10664

Ages 12 and Older

In this alternate to the world as we know it, most things are the same with one huge exception: carbon-craving, mammal-eating dragons have always existed, along with a long, proud tradition of dragon slaying. Every town once had its own dragon slayer, but the Industrial Revolution saw dragon slayers lured away from small towns to defend big cities like Detroit (it didn抰 work Detroit and most of Michigan were laid to waste). Recently retired, world-famous dragon slayer Lottie Thorskard wants to renew the tradition of community-based dragon slaying, so she抯 moved to a small town in southern Ontario to train her nephew, Owen, and to recruit Owen抯 classmate, Siobhan McQuaid, as Owen抯 bard another tradition that抯 languished. Observant, musically talented Siobhan is the narrator of this lively, richly imagined story chronicling Owen and Siobhan抯 emergence into their new roles, which coincides with a new rash of dragon attacks that leads them to suspect previously undiscovered hatching grounds may be closer than anyone realized. Fast-paced (locating the hatching grounds turns into a race against time), funny (driver抯 ed. includes dragon evasion, since the beasts are attracted to most cars), and thoughtful (What is lost when traditions are abandoned in the name of 損rogress? What is gained when traditions are challenged?), E. K. Johnston抯 sure hand succeeds in all dimensions of world-building, from the cleverly reimagined events in world history to the complexity and appeal of her characters.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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