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The Dragon of Lonely Island

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  571 ratings  ·  74 reviews
"Rebecca Rupp's magical tale . . . radiates a glow as golden as the dragon's scales." — BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE

Hannah, Zachary, and Sarah Emily are spending the summer at their great-aunt Mehitabel's house on faraway Lonely Island. There, in a cave hidden high above the ocean, they discover a fabulous creature: a glittering three-headed golden dragon with a kind heart, an unpr
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Candlewick (first published October 7th 1998)
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Three kids are off to spend the summer with their Great Aunt Mehitabel on Lonely Island. They are surprised to discover, on the island, a very old (20,000 years old!) three-headed dragon.

The dragon tells the kids stories from the past and the kids find that
visiting an elderly aunt in an ancient house on a faraway island can be more fun than they might have anticipated.
Aug 18, 2007 Michele rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children/adults 8+
A lovely find. Wonderful for girls and boys. Rebecca Rupp is a fine author, with good messages for everyone. Not only thate, but you get four stories in one. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels. Erika might like this one Kellie!

This story about three bored siblings stumbling across a three-headed dragon and an attic full of mysteries would fit into a classroom discussion on story-telling. Each of the dragon heads share a different story from the past when they encountered a young person making a difference in the world. The aspect of oral history in this book is a different take on folklore and legends. The children are relatable characters with a curiosity level bound to be matched by young readers.

Interest Level: 3-6
AWESOME didnt learn anything though but it was good
Becky B
Jan 29, 2015 Becky B rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle grades, Dragon lovers
Three children are stuck on a lonely island off the coast of Maine for the summer while their mom works on her book and their dad is off doing marine biology research. Their great-aunt Mehitabel owns the island and the house on it and suggests that if the children get bored they should try exploring Drake Hill. Much to their surprise, the kids find a friendly three-headed dragon named Fafnyr resides in a cave under Drake Hill. They meet with Fafnyr three times over the summer, and each time one ...more
Justin Duckett
To some, adventuring is the reason for existence. And there are a lot of people out there that can agree.

But, this is true especially for the characters of "The Dragon of Lonely Island". The story opens up on a gloomy and rainy day, much like today, with three siblings. They are sent to live with their Aunt on her own island and expect the worst of it. But when they show up at her colossal house, they're completely wrong. The house was filled with secret rooms, trap doors, and even a lighthouse
Loved this! This is a book that I randomly came across. The Dragon of Lonely Island is a cute and fun book with good moral lessons to learn from.

As the book's summary says, this story is about three children having to live at their aunts house on a lonely island during the summer, and find a friendly three-headed dragon. This dragon tells the children a story every time they visit it. The stories that each dragon head tells is thought out and surprisingly very good. Basically, The Dragon of Lone
This is such a sweet and interesting story! It's very short and enchanting. I was first intrigued by the three-headed dragon on the cover, properly called a "tri-drake". When three siblings visit with the old dragon, each head of the dragon tells them a story while the other two heads are asleep. Each story teaches a moral lesson or gives some encouragement to one of the siblings. I loved this cute little book!
Summer on an island holds many surprises for Hannah, Zachary, and Emily. The best is a three-headed dragon with a gift for telling clever tales. A good middle grade fantasy.
I love it - beautiful blast from the past. I loved this book as a child and re-reading it now doesn't make it any less fun. It's a beautiful breath of fresh air.
I really wanted to like this book. It had the look and intrigue of a magical book of adventure. Instead, I found it to be sorely lacking.

One would expect that a children's book with a dragon would have a high level of adventure, but this is not the case. Instead, the three children discover the dragon in a cave, but each time the children visit, only one of the three heads is awake. That head tells a story of its past. Therefore, the only actual adventure is TOLD to the reader, through the drago
I quite enjoyed this book despite being older than the target audience. I definitely recommend this to any young readers who are interested in fantasy.
Anne Edmunds
Read this to my son, it was a giveaway book at his school. Unexpectedly charming and enjoyable!
Apr 06, 2011 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: my mom
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. It was obvious that it is a children's book, but I quickly found out that it can be just as enchanting for adults! As a daydreamer, both as a kid and now, I love the idea of stumbling across a story-telling dragon in a cave. The characters were not particularly deep, of course, but you wouldn't necessarily expect that for the book's target audience. Definitely a book that I would suggest to some younger readers, as well as any adults ...more
I liked it, but kids would REALLY like this, I think (hence the 4 instead of a three-star rating), unless they've been brown up on fast action, violence, and hence have short attention spans and expect everything to happen at top speed. This is a gentle book about three kids and a storytelling dragon. Not much happens other than that, but it's nicely written and reminds me of books I read as a child in England like the Alain Gree's story of the three raccoons called "Let's Look for Treasure" or ...more
It was pretty good I mean I liked Sarah Emily's emotion
quick YA read----Mary was reading for a book report.
Mayva Kumar
The bet book to make you think twice about your actions.
Jacquie Leighton
I would love to read this aloud to Jesse and Noah!!!
Good children's fiction with two strong female characters. Seems a bit young for Tina but I may try her on it.
Nice story,suitable for me to read,too.
Kitakitts Cruz
When the husband came home with this book in tow, I thought we might not be able to finish it as "we" are not so much into dragons yet.

She loves Sarah Emily, probably she can relate to her more. I particularly like the wordings and descriptive details which is quite helpful in building my kid's vocabulary. It may seem that some phrases are repetitive but in a good way. Like hints, the little girl was able to predict what was going to happen next.

Surprise, surprise. It was rated "Amazing" by my f
Kathy Chung
an interesting and easy read.
A quick tale about a summer vacation complete with mystery, stories of the past and life lessons learned.... oh and a dragon! A fun read with adventure/fantasy elements, but for the most part a believable summer trip for three kids; can't wait to read the sequel!

Content notes: No language, no sensuality. No real violence; characters are in life threatening situations, but cleverly or with a little help from the dragon, escape un-scathed. Rather reminscient of the Penderwick books in narrative s

The Dragon of Lonely Island is a book about the people which help to the dragon (give him food,drink etc.)
I like this book because it shows mercy people to nature.
I do not like this book because sometimes for me, I think,so many similar moments.
I like how the author use conflict between the people belive and the nature realistic.
i wa'na rate this book to three stars because for me this book was some borring but interesting.
A peaceful story that's good for reading aloud before bed. My son really liked it. The book is really three stories (told by the dragon--er, tridake) within a story. It completely lacks suspense, but it's not boring.

From a marketing standpoint, I found this book intriguing because it lacks any text whatsoever on the back cover (the cover image wraps around to the back cover). The picture and title tell you everything you need to know.
Something you can relate to! If you just add a bit of your childhood imagination to it. 3 kids Hannah age 12, Zachary age 10, and Emily age 8 goes to spend the summer with their Aunt Mehitabel. Their not too excited or thrilled about going and they don't start of with positive attitudes. However later on they meet the 3 headed dragon of lonely island and they all become close friends. This book is like Chronicals of Narnia.
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