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Here Be Dragons!

I’m not a medieval knight, or a dwarf in Middle Earth, or even a student at Hogwarts, but I do have something in common with them: I am obsessed with dragons. And as a dragon-obsessed non-knight, non-dwarf, non-student of wizardry, I have to take my dragons where I can get them. Naturally, I’ve turned to my favorite adventurous escape: reading!

Given my love of dragons, I set off on a little quest of my own: I’m trying to read every dragon book offered by a Scholastic Reading Club flyer in the past year. On this quest, I’ve visited dragon-haunts in other worlds and on the sunny beaches of California; I’ve met dragons who are vicious man-eaters and who are vegetarians; I’ve flown, swam, crawled, fought, and fire-breathed with the best of them. Here are some of my favorites (so far!):

 

Wings of Fire

A world run entirely by dragons?! Yes. Please. With intricate tribes of different dragons, each with their own special skills and abilities, this series turns a traditional “heroes fighting against their destinies” storyline on its head, letting the dragons be the ones to save the world (which makes more sense than leaving it to puny humans)!

 

Talon

Sure, fangs and wings are rough, but what about sunburns and surfing injuries? These dragons-masquerading-as-humans are doing their best to fit in on the California coast while balancing strict orders from a mysterious and quite possibly evil secret dragon government.

 

Scorched

Want a little sci-fi with your fantasy? This dragon isn’t just any old reptile: it’s a time-traveler! It’s also kind of a mind-reader and possibly the savior (or destroyer) of the world as we know it. With Terminator-like twists and a set of twins you’ll never quite trust, this action-packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

 


Seraphina

Just because a book is fantasy doesn’t mean it can’t be a great piece of literature, and Seraphina proves that! Winner of the 2011 Morris Award (awarded to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens, and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature), the world of this novel is full of music, political intrigue, and tons of dragons in disguise.

 

The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

Picture it now: the setting of the next dragon adventure. Craggy mountains? Lush forests, ready to be burnt to a crisp? How about the CN Tower in Toronto? Unlikely, for sure, but if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if dragons should suddenly terrorize modern Canada, Owen is for you.

 

Want even more dragons? Check out the titles below!

How to Train Your Dragon

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