Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop, #2)
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  4,495 ratings  ·  295 reviews
If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop. And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon's egg?

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 28th 1992 by Aladdin/Minstrel Book (first published April 15th 1991)
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Mark
Jan 09, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those of childlike yearnings for wonder
Recommended to Mark by: The Unicorns of Luster

Having read the four books in his Unicorn Chronicles of Luster last year and thoroughly enjoyed them I spotted this book on a stall in a Church Christmas Fayre and picked it up for ten pence. A ten pence well spent. The man is absolutely brilliant and I only wish I had been born in 1993 instead of '63 and then I would not have to justify my intending to devour everything he has written as 'research' for my studies in children's literature and faith.



The story is of a young man who stumbles upon a...more
Qt
I read this several years ago and loved it; the problems Jeremy has while raising a dragon in his home are often humorous (and sometimes rather serious), and yet there are also some very beautiful, magical, and touching scenes as well. The magic elements (like, where do dragons come from? Where did they go?) are believable, but still, well, magic :-) This was my first Bruce Coville book, and it hooked me ;-)
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I have loved this book for as long as it has existed. It deals with remarkably mature themes, like loneliness, loss, fear, anger, unrequited love, sexual development, and premature fatherhood. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Melissa Proffitt
I like it when my kids want me to read books they love. This is a sweet story about a boy and his dragon, or at least the dragon he's been chosen to care for from hatching to adulthood. Jeremy's experience is a lot like caring for an infant, and I think most parents would love to have an instruction manual like his. There's a lot of wisdom here that kids will appreciate because it doesn't sound like preaching, such as how having a desire for something makes it more likely that you will find it,...more
Scott
Jul 16, 2011 Scott rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone raising a dragon.
Recommended to Scott by: a mistaken librarian
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is several ingredients shy of a good novel.

First, the prose was shoddy. I think the manuscript could have used another rewrite or two before it was published. The author and editors must share the blame for this.

For example, participial phrases were glaringly overused on every page. In some paragraphs, they appear in every sentence:

“Feeling slightly foolish, he tiptoed down the stairs. The kitchen cats twined around his feet, begging for a snack. Ignoring them, Je...more
Hollowspine
This book was just as I remembered it from middle school. A bullied child runs into a magic shop to escape his tormentors and comes out with a magical egg that changes his young life.

The illustrations in the book left a little to be desired but the story was still good. I think I even got a little more out of it in this reading being a bit older. If I was a more romantic or nurturing person I might have cried at the end, with that emotional goodbye.

As short as the book was it had some depth to i...more
Resti  Triyuliandha
"Be brave, Dragon Hatcher. Nothing you love is ever really lost.

another children book that I love :)
Marsha
As another entry in his Magic Shop series, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher fulfills the enchantment of its title. Young Jeremy is sold an unexpected treasure at an absurd price and swiftly discovers that it contains a wondrous creature.

How Jeremy handles his increasingly rambunctious and voracious charge (the author makes it clear the dragon isn’t a pet) is by turns hilarious and very touching. Jeremy shares a telepathy link with the beast that is plausibly linked to his artistic ability in dra...more
Mary Z
My students love this book so much I had to buy extra copies for both libraries, so I decided to check it out for myself (pun intended). Seeing as it's Bruce Coville, I shouldn't have been surprised by how good it was. Not only does this book embody every kid's fantasy of having a dragon, it tackles real and authentic emotions and situations of growing up. This book is strongly recommended for anyone who works with 3-5 grade students.
Josie
Jeremy Thatcher is the shortest kid in 6th grade. When he was walking home one day, he came across a magic shop. In the shop, he finds a glowing, muilti- colored ball. The shopkeeper sells it to him for only a quarter. Jeremy finds himself on an adventure... RAISING A DRAGON?!? This story has such good details it will make you feel that you are IN the book. So, GO OUT AND READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Mimi
I just reread this book 20 or so years after the first time I got it at the library, and it's completely held up. The clarity and warmth of Coville's prose, the way he renders Jeremy's parents with just a few lines of dialogue and character moments, the connection Jeremy shares with his dragon, which feels big and life-changing even though they're only together for a few weeks. Oh, and the awesome magic shop that appears out of nowhere then isn't there when you go back to look for it! I'm perman...more
Judy
I loved this book. I would like to read more like it. I felt almost as if I could see what was happening. I could feel the range of emotions that went through the main character as he struggled with challenges he faced. It moved very fast and I loved that too.
Clickety
Bruce Coville has a wonderful voice. His stories are simple, yet special. I never feel like they're babyish, even though they're easy to read and feature young (well, in my perspective!) protagonists. This story is among my favorites.
bick
Better than My Teacher is an Alien. More of a sympathetic story line, with more emotional content.
Myles
An uncontested classic to be sure, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher will always have a place on my shelf. It has some inconsistencies though that bother me as an adult reader.

First of all, alone out of the Magic Shop books' protagonists (they don't have to be read in order or together or anything, a great plus if you are/were like me - I read anything that struck me when I was little, if I was in the middle of a trilogy I would catch up to the plot as I went along) Jeremy Thatcher doesn't seem to...more
Debi
I constantly wonder what relationship 'Children" authors actually have with the AUDIENCE of Children. It can't simply be that because the characters are children, that your book thus qualifies as Children's Literature. I am quite certain you aught to write at a child's level. This book was dreadfully poorly written. It was poorly written for an adult reading it! The sentence structure was so confusing! If the author had a $10 bill for any sentence that was NOT a Participial Phrase, he'd be a POO...more
Denise Hutchins
This book was just as good as I remember it being when I first read it in junior high school. And that means it was awesome. I had been trying to remember/rediscover this book off and on for many recent years and I'm extremely pleased I finally found it.

The book is written for an elementary-school audience (6th graders are the protagonists here) so it was a very easy read but I still found it well-written, evenly-paced, and entertaining. I forgot how much I had related to the title character as...more
Patricia  Leon
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a novel by Bruce Coville. When the story first begins, Jeremy is running from two bullies who are trying to catch him to make him kiss a girl he does not like, by the name of Mary Lou Hutton. To avoid them Jeremy runs into a magic shop, and once there begins looking around. He comes across a giant marble he wants to buy, but the shop owner discourages him. Jeremy insists, he picks up the marble, and it reacts to his touch. The owner agrees to let him purchase i...more
Jan
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book / by Bruce Coville (2007) -- SUMMARY: Jeremy gets teased alot for his small statue. He escapes from his troubles through drawing (mostly dragons) which is not appreciated by his art teacher. Little does he know how his life is going to change when he happens upon a strange magic shop and buys a small muticolored ball that turns out to be a dragon's egg ready to hatch. COMMENTS: Jeremy loves drawing dragons but is frustrated when his art teacher...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
While running from bullies, Jeremy Thatcher wanders into a magic shop, and meets its owner Mr Elives. Jeremy finds what he believes to be a giant marble. After examining it, Jeremy wants to buy it but Mr Elives tells Jeremy that he "doesn't really want" it. However, Jeremy persists, persuading the old man to let him hold it. When he does, it warms to his touch. Elives then lets him buy the marble for a quarter. He tells Jeremy, "You don't want it, but it wants you." He warns Jeremy to take good...more
Ashley
Jeremy_Thatcher_Dragon Hatcher_hceremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a funny, engaging, and adventurous story. It was very exciting and I could not put it down!

Jeremy is an average 6th grade boy who is actually believable. I like that the main character is relatable to children when they read this book. He goes to school (though he doesn’t like it much), loves to draw, and doesn’t like girls. Every boy (and girl) will love this book. It will keep them interested from the beginning!

The writing is e...more
Janeen-san
This story is about an 11-year-old boy who's job it has now become to raise a bady dragon. Its harder than it seems, because the dragon---named Timiat---can communiate to the boy through her thoughts. She is forever bombarding his mind with things like, FIRE! PRETTY FIRE! when she shes a candle, or sending violet swilrs of color through his head when she feels peacfull.

Then things get considerably more complacated. Timiat starts to breath fire, and gives the meanest teacher in Jeremy's school th...more
Miss Carman
Jeremy accidentally finds himself in front of a magic shop, and he ends up coming out with something that looks like a large, beautiful marble with swirling colours. Imagine his surprise when he finds that in the box with it are instructions on how to hatch a dragon's egg! As the dragon grows, Jeremy has more and more trouble keeping her a secret (thankfully most people can't see her!), and in the meantime gets into all sorts of funny situations, especially since his house already has several ca...more
Ashley
I wanted to revisit this junior novel I read when I was in elementary school because I remembered loving it. I was not disappointed. Imaginative, funny, and heartwarming, this story of friendship provides young readers with a safe place to explore their feelings regarding responsibility, relationships, and loss. This is one I will be reading to my child, without a doubt.
Heather Jensen
This was my favorite book growing up. Bruce Coville was the first author who I wanted to read absolutely everything he wrote. He still inspires me all these years later. In fact, I'm currently reading this book to my almost five-year-old at bedtime. I'm even using the original print copy I had when I was a kid. It's the same cover as the one above, but it looks a little tattered from use.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a delightfully light fantasy read for children and adults of all ages. Al...more
Nicole
This is the book that inspired me to become a writer ... no kidding. This makes you remember how powerful a clean, tightly written children's book can be to a growing mind. To someone whose always loved the idea of magic and growth, it's a classic. Plus Bruce Colville is a great guy ... met him once when I was eight, and I don't think I'll ever forget that. :)
Dajhauna
In this book the main character jeremy is being chased by 3 other characters in the story and gets lost on these streets he has never seen before and see's this small little shop called elives magic shop so he sees an item that he really cant take his eyes off so he decides to take the clorful item.Throughtout the journey of having this item he discovers some very weird things about it and ends up dealing with them perfectly at the end until its time to let it go.this book was very shocking.I di...more
Nikki Speece
I read a lot of Bruce Coville books as a child & now as an adult I have decided to go back & read the books again. This book is just as fantastic as I remember it. It also sparks hope that dragons & magic really do exist & reminds me how much I wanted this to happen to me as a child....and now as an adult lol
Fiver
An undervalued little gem. "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher" is in many ways your standard juvenile-fantasy novel: A young boy with his own special set of troubles in life stumbles upon a fantasy element: a dragonlet that he has received responsibility for hatching and raising. Twenty bucks goes to the contestant who can guess whether or not Jeremy will learn something from the experience... but this is a good book nonetheless.

This book takes children seriously. Jeremy's problems are personal...more
Malik Chase
I like this book because Jeremy was going to hatch a dragon egg and when the dragon came out it was very small (page 27). The other reason why I like this book is because everyday when Jeremy wakes up he sees that his dragon Tiamat grows bigger (page 133). A person would like this book if they like dragons because a dragon Tiamat can talk to you and send you messages when it is scared. The challenging part is the way the setting has change because the book didn't tell me where Jeremy was when he...more
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“I don’t want Tiamat to go back,” said Jeremy sullenly. “I want her to stay here with me.”

Miss Priest laughed. It was not a horrible laugh at all. “What a terrible idea!” she said. “Why do you want her to stay?”

Because I love her. I don’t want to lose her.”
Miss Priest reached out and took his chin in her hand. She looked into his eyes. “You silly boy,” she said. “Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people—they always go away, sooner or later. You can’t hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.”
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“Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people—they always go away, sooner or later. You can’t hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.” 10 likes
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