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Dragon's Egg

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  2,117 Ratings  ·  131 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.

A Knight of the Order of Defe
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maggie Dore
Hmmmm....... I can't say that I enjoyed this book, but I can't either say that it was horrible either...
That's why its 2 stars. Not more, not less.
This book, well, didn't really hit me. The characters were quite bland. They had no color in them, so I could never relate to their feelings. They story itself wasn't quite well thought of.
Okay. This book doesn't only have it's down parts, though.
I liked the title and cover. That, I liked. That's what mainly drew me to the book. I liked the fact th
Cloie Rainilla
It was alright. However, the majority of the book I found a bit...boring.

Mella is known as a keeper, it's kinda like a sheperd but for dragons. She has a special bond with dragons that is not found in others. These dragons are not the big ones you hear from legend, they're basically small farm animals. She tends for them at her family's inn and does this until she discovers a real dragon and because of certain events, promises to deliver its egg to the hatching grounds.

Sounds like my type
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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.
Hanna Gilman
There needs to be a second book, things are implied but never really revealed. Also, Mella is a country girl but did she really have to appear simple minded? It's fine for little kids but older audience will not find it that interesting.
A nice little read, although I was a bit disappointed that the mysterious history was never explained.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! Its what got me started on medieval fantasy <3
Ilaria G.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!! It was really good, and the details were in perfectly. Mella's thoughts even gave me an idea for a story!
The storyline was interesting, but the characters were weak. I'd like to know more about the history of the dragons, Coel's betrayal, the Defenders, and Gwyn's family. The set up feels like there should be more to the story, but it appears to be a standalone novel. Mella was a complete disappointment to me - she had a cool role and could have been very badass, but instead I felt like she was rude, whiny, and fairly incompetent on the journey. Roger was a nice kid with an overdeveloped sense of h ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, enjoyable, and heartwarming. I vaguely think I might have read it before, but if so it's been a while.
Joshua A
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by: Joshua.A
Dragon Breather?
Mella is a pre/teenager who has a very odd talent; she has a magic touch with dragons. The name that she is given because of this talent is a dragon keeper. She lives in a hotel but this hotel is owned by her parents. Her parents along with her older sister who is just a bit older than Mella live in the hotel with her. Mella is a bright and trust worthy girl who keeps her word. “I’m not a liar. I’m not a thief” she explains to the dragon. She has honor.
This book,
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Matthew Winner
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
Bill Tillman
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Heise
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
This is going to sound tepid, I suppose. But I raced through this and enjoyed it and think fantasy-loving kids in the target age range will too.
Yes, I realize I've read this storyline before. That's ok, I have been known to read romances too. It's got dragons-- noble dragons-- a determined and dutiful girl, a noble but kind boy, and a quest. Done well.
I liked it. It wasn't earthshattering, but the characters were pleasant company, the idea of the dragonkeepers was well handled, and I liked the s
Jo Oehrlein
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragon
Tame dragons, wild dragons, and true dragons.

Everyone thinks true dragons are a myth until a Defender is attacked by one (and Mella finds a dragon egg and the true dragon carrying it home).

Mella seems driven by the mission to take the egg to The Hatchery, at least partly by her connection to dragons that makes her a Keeper. Roger is the one who goes on the mission out of curiosity (the boy is a fount of scientific knowledge) and stays out of honor.

This would make a great book for a discussion of
Samantha Tolleson
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
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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Read
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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