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Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters #1)

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This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wiza
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Scholastic Inc.
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Shawn Richards My son and I just finished this first book, but I got the impression that you definitely need to read them in order. The first one felt like an origin…moreMy son and I just finished this first book, but I got the impression that you definitely need to read them in order. The first one felt like an origin story and it felt like the second book will begin where this one left off.(less)

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Lisa Lathrop
This is a book on cusp of primary/intermediate (rated grades 1-3/5 and ages 7-10). It is a heavily illustrated chapter book. The chapters are short and would be easy for Jack to read independently.

I chose this book for Jack (gr. 2) because it connects well on more than one level: his love of dragons, fantasy and adventure, and also is closely related in theme to one of his favorite movies "How To Train Your Dragon." Part of my decision to select this book for Jack is that is the first book in a
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
If I was a 2nd grader, I would be all about this series.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this to my kids as a read aloud. They really liked it. We will definitely be continuing the series.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
First chapter book Big Kid has ever read aloud from cover to cover (with me helping with the big words). Cool.

Pretty good bridge between the First to Read books and longer chapter books because it builds reading confidence. Books run about 90 pages, the chapters are short enough not to discourage young readers (6 - 8 pages long each) with pen and ink drawing to keep the interest going. This is the first of a series about a small group of young kids in medieval times recruited by the king to be
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this because it was included in a preview set for an upcoming Scholastic Book Fair I'll be having in my library in October. I found a book that I not only want to promote with students, but also share with my own child. My six-year-old loves things like Harry Potter and Narnia, but reads on a mid-second grade level. This is perfect for him because it has castles, dragons, and magic, but is written on a second grade reading level. The pictures also keep a young reader interested in this tr ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great fantasy adventure series for young readers who are shifting from more controlled text to chapter books. The story is divided into chapters, and a picture (black-and-white rendition) is on every page. Several of my nephews and nieces are hooked on this series, and the narrative has successfully drawn them in, hungry. They devour every word.

Though the main protagonist is male, a couple of his friends are female. However, the girls could be further developed into more well-rounded characters.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 5 year old loves dragons. She doesn't always love chapter books, so this is that perfect next step, between picture book and chapter book. I read this to her in just a few sittings (she kept wanting to look ahead and see what was going to happen) this book uses big text and fairly easy words, but doesn't skimp on the story. stuff happens, and it's actually interesting!

The author manages to build a world kids want to read more about, and does so in 90 pages. I read the kindom of wrenly and fe
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
it was a good book but it wasent that good.

Joey Oborne
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good new series for the boys.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first "real" chapter book my daughter was excited enough about to finish by herself.
Rebecca Hanna
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 y/o son gives this 5 stars. He is absolutely loving this series. It is perfect for his age- he's ready to move on from the baby/toddler books, but still enjoys illustrations. This series is still heavy on illustrations and the chapters are short.
Steven R. McEvoy
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This book showed up in my recommended books because of reading some Dragon books by Chris d'Lacey and I thought I would give it a try. It is a good fun read and is now in the too be read list for my son and I to read together. There are currently 4 books available in this series with a 5th planned for the spring of 2016. The illustrations by Graham Howells are very wonderful and are on every page of the book. These books are geared for early readers from 1st-03rd grade and are set at a reading l ...more
The concept of the series is fun, and Graham Howells' illustrations are wonderful. But I have some problems with the plot itself, to the extent that I'm not sure I'd want my own kids (if I had any) to read the series and absorb some of the messages presented in Rise of the Earth Dragon.(view spoiler) ...more
Kerry Kenney
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a scholastic "Branches book" which means it is about 90 pages, has many pictures, short and manageable chapters and is a good fit for that new reader that is proud and wants a chapter book. My little does not have the stamina or inclination to read this book independently but he does have the attention span to listen to the whole 90 pages at bed time and really enjoyed it. My 4th grader picked up the book and read it independently and liked it too.

The story has likeable characters, an i
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
In love with these Scholastic readers and can't wait to enjoy more of the Dragon Masters series. In this first book in the series, our main character is taken from his home where his family harvests onions to the castle where the King is interested in kids who can be dragon masters. These boys and girls have the powers that are told to the wizard who brings them in to connect with "their" dragons, yet it isn't quite clear what the king is going to do with the dragons and their masters. But Drake ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book. I loved all the different types of dragons and Worm was just adorable. Reading it with my son was a ton of fun and he didn't want me to stop. While it is the start to a series, it does have its own story line and plot. It's just open enough at the end to let parents know there's more to the story (which I already ordered).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun little book series. Just four of them. My 5-year old absolutely loves them. And now wants to be a Dragon Master for Halloween. :)
Keri Daskam
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-14
Read this aloud. Great book for a 5-7 year old- plenty of pictures and quick plot.
Ashton Miller
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon

Author: Tracey West

Illustrator: Graham Howells

Genre: Fantasy fiction chapter book

Theme: Magic, trust, building relationships

Opening Line/Sentence: Drake didn’t see the king’s soldier coming.

Brief Book Summary: Drake is taken away from his home because King Roland is looking for Dragon Masters for his dragons. Drake meets the other Dragon Masters and their dragons, as well as his own Dragon, named Worm. Griffith, the wizard, teaches the Dragon Maste
Josh Whittington
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Dragon Masters series is part of Scholastic’s ‘Branches’ line, which contains chapter books designed for emerging readers. I’m a wee bit distanced from that target demographic but I’ve been interested in getting a feel for kids’ books for some things I’m working on.

This first book gets straight into the action, with a young boy named Drake being taken away from his family’s farm to train as a dragon tamer for the King’s army. I found this kind of darkly funny because I was expecting this eff
Becky B
Drake is the son of an onion farmer and thinks he will be too. But one day one of the King's knights comes and tells him the King wants him. He takes Drake to the castle where Drake finds that he is going to be training to be a Dragon Master. He is paired with a earthy-colored dragon he dubs Worm. But can Drake and Worm bond, and can Drake figure out what Worm's special skill is?

The text in this gets right to the point and doesn't mess around with superfluous descriptions. It is simple as is fit
Stephanie P
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this with my 4.5 year old son and we were excited to find a fun new early chapter book series! It has a fast paced plot, short chapters, and illustrations on every page. My son was really interested in the story and especially hearing about the different dragons and their abilities.

The story is about a boy who gets taken from his farm to the castle where he is told he will start training as a Dragon Master. Along with three other kids he must train and learn how to connect with his dragon
Drake's family grows onions in the Kingdom of Bracken. And Drake knows this will be his destiny. Until one day, a soldier shows up and takes Drake away by order of King Roland, stating "The King has chosen him." But for what?

The soldier leaves Drake at a large door in King Roland's castle where Drake meets Griffith, the King's wizard. Griffith announces to Drake that "This Dragon Stone told me you have the heart of a dragon." Who knew there were dragons? Or wizards, for that matter. Now Drake is
Christine Rains
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Young Drake is content in his life as a farmer, but one day, the King's soldier sweeps him away to go live at the castle and become a Dragon Master. Drake meets three other children who are training with their dragons as well - Ana, Rori, and Bo. The kingdom is in danger, and the fate of everyone lies with these Dragon Masters. Can Drake find a connection with his dragon and help save them all?

My seven-year-old son brought this first book in the series home from school, and we loved it. The weig
LR Braden
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
I just read this with my 5-year-old, and it's a wonderful book! We take turns reading pages, and it's a great way to build her skills. The story is engaging enough to hold her attention and keep her excited to see what happens next. There are great illustrations on every page to help with comprehension. The text is large and clear, and each page is careful to end with a period rather than running over to the next page, so it's very easy to take breaks when a little reader gets tired without losi ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really entertaining book for kids who are just getting into chapter books. I read the whole series to my 3.5 year old, who is into longer stories and series. He loved it and--as a fantasy nerd--I also loved it, because it's essentially a simplified, kid-friendly fantasy epic. It really sets the stage for eventually graduating up to Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, etc., etc. It was legitimately enjoyable for me to read this to my son, which is saying a lot ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: samuel
This book was perfect for my almost six year old son. He saw Eragon at the library and became very intrigued by the picture on the cover but the story was too scary for him. So I searched for "good dragon books for early elementary" and found this series. The story is just exciting enough to be interesting without scaring him. While the writing is age appropriate for early elementary it is not vapid or painful for me to read out loud. We look forward to reading more books in this series!
Suzanne Warr
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was highly impressed with the readability of this slim little book! Short chapters books are of course essential stepping stones in a child's reading journey, but it's rare that the adult/older readers in their lives can enjoy the books, too. This is exactly that kind of truly enjoyable book! And as a plus, it's all about dragons. ;)

Get my full spotlight on this one and the second in the series on my blog, plus the cat's two cents!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
lead character is a boy
but has 3 other kids as dragon masters, another boy & 2 girls.
pretty basic story, as expected for the age group.
i like that the book included some comprehension questions at the end and a suggested activity, what dragon would you like?
my hope is the series shares the stories with each dragon master, and is not primarily focused on the one male character.
girls love dragons and adventure too.
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Tracey West is the bestselling author of more than 200 children's books. She is currently working on the Dragon Masters series, which is part of the Scholastic Branches line. Her past series include Pixie Tricks, Scream Shop, and Hiro's Quest.

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