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Dragonhaven (Paperback, Ace Mass-Market)

By McKinley, Robin

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In this fascinating look at a modern-day world where dragons truly exist, the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Hero and the Crown takes readers into a controversial nature preserve, which about 200 of the worlds few remaining dragons call home.

ISBN 9780441016433
Published 27 September 2008 by Ace Books
Format Paperback, Ace Mass-Market
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ISBN-13 9780441016433
ISBN-10 044101643X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Ace Books
Imprint Ace Books
Publication Date 27 September 2008
International Publication Date 1 October 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Ace Mass-Market
Edition Ace Mass-Market
Author(s) By McKinley, Robin
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Science Fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Number of Pages 338
Dimensions Width: 100mm
Height: 179mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 168g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Science fiction, Dragons, Animals, Mythical, Human-animal communication
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 262403

Description of this Book

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 dragona 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 urgenthe 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A sharply incisive, wildly intelligent dragon fantasy involving profound layers of science and society, love and loss, and nature and nurture. -Kirkus Reviews McKinley renders her imagined universe so potently that readers will wish they could book their next vacation in Smokehill. -Publishers Weekly An exercise in fantasy subjected to the rigors of science, a close psychological portrait of human and alien minds, and a helluva good read. -Locus McKinley offers a seamless, believable world, a self-deprecating narrator whose voice never hits a false note, and a poignant message. -VOYA Robin McKinley has built an admirable career on taking familiar fairy-tale tropes, or long-loved stories, and skillfully combining the architecture of wonder with convincing, realistic detail so that the reader feels she can live inside the story. McKinley has never settled for doing the same thing over and over, but with each new book has experimented with voice, form, and tone, as well as character and plot...[Dragonhaven] is powerful, absorbing, and exquisitely rendered. McKinley makes those dragons real. -SF Site Compelling. -Booklist Insightful about emotion, biology, language, and the intricate love/hate relationship between science and humanity. Quietly magnificent. -Kirkus Reviews

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Author's Bio

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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