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Dragon Summer

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published 1963 by Atheneum
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May 02, 2011 Melody rated it liked it
A sweet little story about a girl and the summer that shaped her life. There's a gentle ghost, and a gentle love affair, and a gentle aunt. Well, you get the picture. A lot of the plots (and even the names) that Arthur would revisit more successfully in later works are in evidence here. If this had been the only book Arthur ever wrote, I would have loved it fiercely. As it is, it's more of a curiosity, something to read if you're a Ruth M. Arthur completist, but certainly not her best.
Dec 31, 2012 Jossalyn rated it really liked it
love this author. discovered her when I had the ambition to read all the titles in the children's section of the library and started at A. love the Margery Gill illustrations about as much as the books.
A sweet story set in the English countryside about a young girl's trans formative summer. I think it could still be read and appreciated by a younger audience, even though it doesn't have any "edge" or push any boundaries. There is a supernatural element--a ghost--in the plot, and I'm very torn about it. In some ways it felt unnecessary, but in other ways it played a symbolic role. The use of the symbolism left me dissatisfied with the ending.
Feb 05, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
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I loved this book as a teen. I think the reason is that it begins with an adult returning to purchase a home remembered from her past. It continues to reminisce about the summer she spent there as a child. In my youth I fantasized about how things would be when I grew up. It often looked like this woman's life with a cozy cottage in the country. It is a good story with a gentle ghost and a wonderful cozy atmosphere.
Sep 17, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
A rather slight, gentle, charming story of an idyllic summer 3 children/young adults spend in Cumberland, England. Set approximately in the 1930s/40s. A bit of mystery, a bit of the supernatural, in this story of friendship and coming of age.
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Jan 10, 2015 Buffy Joseph rated it it was ok
Very disappointing for a Ruth M Arthur book. It was a very simple book, and short. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing really happens either. I thought it was geared to a much younger audience - maybe 8 or 9?
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Dragon Summer was one of my very, very favorite books as a child. Imagine my delight when I found it for sale on Amazon. I promptly bought the book for my own children, and the book has lost none of its magic.
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Working name of UK writer Ruth Mabel Arthur Huggins, long active as a children's author, her career beginning with Friendly Stories (collection, 1932). Most of her early work, like the Brownie sequence -- The Crooked Brownie (1936), The Crooked Brownie in Town (1942) and The Crooked Brownie at the Seaside (1942) is for younger children, but with Dragon Summer (1962) and A Candle in her Room (1966) ...more
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