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Dragon's Egg

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,337 ratings  ·  101 reviews
It is a rare talent, and only she can care for the Inn's herd. She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows that.

Until one day changes everything.

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ebook, 272 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published October 1st 2007)
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This was a fun dragon-story adventure. I liked how responsible and goal-oriented Mella was, and how loyal and kind Roger was. They made a good pair. The adventure moved along at a quick pace, which is always appreciated, and was the kind of thing that was fun to read about. I liked their journey and all the setbacks they had and how nothing came easily to them--which seemed realistic to me. I also liked how Mella got stuck up on a narrow cliff ledge as a show of the dragon's trust; that also see...more
Becky
I should first confess that I read Dragon’s Egg in one sitting, and it was in the doctor’s office while incredibly sick, so I may not have been reading as closely as I generally would. Having an IV in your arm will do that to you. Anyhoo.

I liked this book a lot. It’s actually a very simple quest story: Mella and Roger follow the dragon’s directions, and various events hinder them. Specifically, they’re plagued by a kidnapper named Alain, who knows that Roger is from a wealthy family, and who hop...more
Erin
Jul 12, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers of Tamora Pierce, Susan Fletcher, Shannon Hale
I have such a soft spot for dragon books, and this was a warm, cozy read. It reminded me _a lot_ of Susan Fletcher's dragon trilogy, which I read in middle school and adored, without being derivative of those stories. Of course, "teen/preteen talks to dragons" is a plot with a million variations in fantasy, so a lot depends on how (and how well) an author does it.

Mella and Roger, the main characters, are believable pre-teens and good foils for each other. The plot, while somewhat predictable to...more
Angie
Mella is a young dragon keeper at her family's inn. Only the dragon's she tends are small in comparison to the giant dragons of old. One day she finds a dragon egg and is tasked by a dying "real" dragon with taking the egg to the hatching grounds. She is joined on her quest by Roger, the dragon slayers squire. Mella is a strong female character in a traditionally male role. She succeeds in her mission and helps bring peace between dragons and humans. The ending is a little too perfect, but since...more
Julia
I really liked this book! Its what got me started on medieval fantasy <3
Kathy
This was on Danny's recommended middle school list. It's very suitable for that age. It's an easy read and the vocabulary is not difficult. It should be accessable to better elementary readers as well. The main character is a 12yo girl "dragon keeper" (who tends to small tame dragons at an inn and gathers their eggs) and there's also a boy the same age who gets involved in a quest of sorts with her. Very clean, decent plot. I'll read the next one with Dan if he brings it home. Danny enjoyed this...more
Jori
I absolutely liked the idea of domesticated dragons, wild dragons and legendary dragons. As we have domesticated animals, wild animals and myths... and there are some myths we all would like to be true.

Another thing I enjoyed was that neither were "damsel's in distress." They helped each other as a team....even though admittedly she did not want him to tag along in the first place, but still.

Another thing I liked:
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Christian
This one made an excellent read aloud for my 4th grade class. A fantasy flavored story about a young girl, who is the keeper of a small flock of dragons at her family's inn, who is tasked by a "real" dragon (unlike the smaller donesticated ones she raises) to bring an egg to the sacred dragon hatching ground.

A 2008 DCF nominee, the is the only one that will become a regular read aloud in my classes.
Melanie Au
Simplistic plot and little character development. Antagonist seems to come from nowehere and has a weak rationale for attacking the protagonists. However, the topic of dragons and a quest will be appealing to readers looking for a fantasy adventure. Focus is less on the dragons than the journey to return the egg.
Michelle Read
My daughter (eleven years old) has been raving about this book, so I wanted to pop on and leave our (her) official review.

She loved the big dragon, and Mella's talent for caring for the baby dragons. She also liked the setting of the adventures, and it was easy for her to picture herself there. "This place looks so cool," she has been saying, so I want to point out that the imagery is excellent.

The bond between the Mella and the egg was special to her because after all that time with the egg, Me...more
Molly
This book is great. Mella is a dragon keeper. this means she is the caretaker of the herd that her mother and father have in the backyard. the dragons are not pets. the eggs are used for omelets in the inn that her father owns. Don't get exited. these dragons are not the fierce, flying fire-breathing dragons that used to roam the earth long ago. No, these are just farm dragons. they have stubby wings that can't fly, and can, at best, blow a little smoke. but when a dragon slayer comes to the inn...more
Elevetha
2.5 stars.

Mella is a keeper. She tends to the small herd of dragons that her family keeps, like goats and chickens, in the pen. Most people aren't tolerated by the dragons but Mella is special. Like her Grandmother before her, she is a "keeper" and that means that the dragons not only tolerate her, they love her.

The "farm dragons" were the best and cutest aspect of this book. They reminded me of Toothless from the movie shrunk to the size of Toothless in the books. They purr loudly and wish to...more
Bill Tillman
May 07, 2010 Bill Tillman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes dragons.
Mella has a rare talent, she care for the Inn's herd of small dragons. She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows that.

Until a day changes everything.

A Knight of the Order of Defenders arrives at the Inn. Signs of the mythical dragons have led him there, he says. Then a simple errand takes Mella t...more
Matthew
NO for our library.

Unfortunately, dragon books are a dime-a-dozen and, while kids that love dragon books will devour them up, I think I'd prefer to keep the best of the dragon books for our shelves and keep the rest for the public library.

In this case, a girl finds a dragon's egg and, through a series of consequences, must journey to return the egg to the great dragons. You see, there are two types of dragons in this story. The great dragons are that of legend until approximately 20 pages into t...more
Lur3n_reads
Dragons Egg By: Sarah L. Thomson

Dragons Egg starts by a girl finding a dragon egg, she “takes” the egg. Later she goes back to where she finds it, only to find an angry dragon who wants their egg back. The girl makes her word of returning the egg, and not reporting this dragon to the “Knights Of The Order Of Defenders” AKA dragon hunters. Somehow one of the the Knights Of The Order Of Defenders find out. After the girl brings the egg back its too late, the dragon sends the girl on a quest, to ha...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Juvenile story of a Dragon herder girl who either by lineage or desire has a mastery for dragons. The homely kind are her regular cares, and the egg providers for her family's Inn breakfast omelets, but when fate puts her in charge of a wild and true dragon's egg she finds that she must leave all behind to keep a promise she made to a dying Dragon, and see the egg safely home up in the Dragon Tooth Mountains. Luckily she is accompanied by a quiet and mellow squire who proves to be a true prince...more
Terri
Mella has inherited her grandmother's role as dragon handler for her the dragons that provide eggs for guests at their small inn. But Mella must become much more after she meets a Defender of the Realm who is searching for a dragon. The knight finds and defeats the dragon, but before dying the creature charges Mella to take the dragon egg it was transporting to the hatching grounds, the only place it can survive. Along the way Mella learns many things about herself and the mysterious relationshi...more
Mrrik Noubarentz
I chose this book because a friend recommended it and told me it was a fun, exciting book. This book is about a girl named Mella, who has the rare ability to care of dragons. One day, as she attends an errand, she finds a dragon egg, and a dangerous dragon. She takes the egg, and now must embark on a dangeruos adventure to return the magical egg to its home, to the fabled Hatching Grounds, with the help of a boy named Roger that she find on the way. The author wrote this story in third-point of...more
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
This book instantly sucked me into its world. It was very fast paced, and in my opinion was to short. I'm looking to see if it is a part of a series that I haven't heard about. It had completely fascinating points of views from the perspective of an innkeeper's daughter, and a runaway prince of the kingdom. They journey to take a dragon's egg to the fabled hatching grounds. No one in the kingdom had seen a dragon in almost a century, so it was assumed that the dragons were extinct until one show...more
Anna
recommended for E410

I only read a sample of this book, but I liked what I read. It seems like an accessible fantasy/adventure read that is similar in level of difficulty to Funke's Igraine the Brave. The narrative seems fairly straightforward, but the vocabulary might be a bit challenging for E410.
I recommend this book for the latter part of the term, when students are gearing to level up.

One of the students I interviewed told me that Dragon's Egg had been assigned as the "boy book" in her 3...more
Jan
Mella is a dragonkeeper for her family's small domesticated herd. Not everyone has the talent to care for these sometimes-grumpy, always-hungry beasts, even though they are just small farm animals. Mella has heard plenty of stories about imaginary giant dragons, but no one really believes that they exist. Then one day, on an errand for her mother, Mella happens upon a dragon's egg, and the huge, dying dragon who guards it. Mella and her friend Roger make a promise to carry the egg safely to the...more
Emma , the food and wifi lover
I honestly don't remember much about this boom except that i read it in 2007 and being the kid that I was that I loved it.
Regina
Aug 13, 2009 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Regina by: 2010 Children's Sequoyah Masterlist
This might have been my first dragon novel. I'm not a big fantasy reader, and I've kind of avoided the dragon scene, although I do buy them and recommend them to kids. That said, I really enjoyed Dragon's Egg. I thought it was a great fantasy for younger readers. The plot moves along quickly enough, the story is interesting, Mella's character is well developed, Roger's less so, but adds to the story's interest. I thought the ending was a bit too convenient and lacked the conflict I was expecting...more
Kim
Very good later elementary aged dragon book. Perfect pick for kids summer Bookclub.
Barbara
This title is one of the selections for the newest Black-eyed Susan Reading List for readers in 4-6th grades. The plot will be familiar to fanstasy readers, questee must carry dragon egg to designated location to keep promise to dying guardian of said egg. Lots of action and determination to carry on despite setbacks and bad guys. Main characters are quickly sketched and have lively interactions. I won't spoil the end, just say it was a surprise and nicely done. I enjoyed the story and think vot...more
Faith
Mella's mother sent her on a simple errand. She saw smoke coming out of a cave and went to investigate. In a fire, she found the most beautiful stone she ever saw. Mella takes it back to the Inn and then sets out to actually complete the errand. Still she does finish the errand, because she comes across a large, legendary dragon. He wanted the egg back.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- I couldn't stop reading.

Reason 2- I could imagine what was happening.

Reason 3- It was mythical.
Ryan
Dec 23, 2012 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brittany, Katherine
I would be quite content to have a herd of domestic dragons, but can understand Mella's interest in the stories, legends of big, flying, fire-breathing dragons. She made the appropriate choice - heading off to deliver the Egg - but I appreciated how it wasn't an easy choice, how she took her promise to her herd seriously. The whole betrayal/legend of Coel was a bit vague, though the implications were not terribly nice so maybe best left to the imagination. Satisfactory dragons all 'round!
Renee
Jul 22, 2008 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd-7th
Mella has inherited the rare talent of being a dragonkeeper from her grandmother. She diligently cares for her family’s small dragons whose eggs are served at their inn. But when a large dying dragon asks Mella to return an egg to the hatching ground, she embarks on an adventure with a squire named Roger. The adventure is not as fun as Mella imagined and Roger is not who he says he is. This is a great book for younger readers who are interested in dragons, friendship and adventure.
Julie
Sweet middle-grade fantasy about Mella, who has the gift of being a dragon-keeper, and Roger, the squire to a knight who has vowed to defend the kingdom from dragons. While the "cover blurb" makes the book seem like another story of a girl with inner strength and an unexpected destiny, Roger is a strong enough presence for the story to appeal to boys. My 3rd grader loved the story, which means that it is appropriate for 3rd - 5th graders, depending on reading level and interests.

Betsy Brown
This book is a terrific book about friendship, loyalty, and teamwork. Two children work together to save a species from extinction. It's a great lead-in to the Dragons of Perth series or any of the mythological fiction books adults enjoy. With a saucy female heroine, and the help of an unexpectedly aly, respect is gained and growing up to do things because it is right even when there is danger has its own rewards. A great read-aloud or indpendent read for high level readers.
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