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Old Apr 23 2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Has anyone else read this book? It's written for a younger audience, but it's still good for a quick read. It's about a kid who ends up in a magic store, where he is told that a "dragon's egg" on the shelf "wants him". (Sorry for the terrible summary, it's better than it sounds)
The dragon in the book shares several similarities with the Dragons of Pern, and in fact, it was the book that I read shortly before deciding to read the graphic novel of Dragonflight...
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Old Apr 23 2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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To elaborate... this book is by Bruce Coville, one of the best authors I've ever read, regardless of the fact that his books can also be enjoyed by middle schoolers. His books have heart, humor, and zaniness.

This is one of the "Magic Shop" series, and it's my favorite of that series. I can't pin it down as my favorite of his books, because there are too many.

If you liked this one, try "Jennifer Murdley's Toad" and "The Skull of Truth", from that series; also, "Into the Land of the Unicorns is the first book of an ongoing series. I would also recommend the Rod Allbright series, where the silliness of the titles bely the intensity of the story inside:

Aliens Ate My Homework
I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X
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Aliens Stole My Body
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Old Apr 23 2009, 09:14 PM   #3
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I've already read them all (really liked the third one!), but I just wanted to post it cause it was close to Pern.

Seriously, right after I read this, I was in the mood for similar Dragon books, and the only other one in the house was a graphic novel by Anne Mccaffrey. Who would have thought...
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Old Jun 23 2010, 06:03 PM   #4
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Fancy that! I just read through this again last night, and I noticed that in one scene, Jeremy gets a list of potential dragon names from a book about famous dragons. Then, when suggesting them to his dragon, two of the rejected names are "Nmenth" and "Ruth". I can't believe I missed that!
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Yeah - I hadn't read Anne's books yet when I first read this one, but noticed it later on!
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I've read it, lol on the way to keep it fed milk. Its been too long.
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