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The Dragon of Cripple Creek [NOOK Book]

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When Kat and her father and brother visit the Mollie Kathleen, an old gold mine now open for tours by the busload, Kat gets lost from the group and falls down a shaft, where she discovers an awe-inspiring world of fantasy come to life. She meets an ancient dragonùthe last of his kindùand discovers a secret about the gold that litters the creature's den and why dragons throughout time have hoarded the sparkling treasure.
The dragon helps Kat escape the endless caverns, but not ...
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The Dragon of Cripple Creek

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Overview

When Kat and her father and brother visit the Mollie Kathleen, an old gold mine now open for tours by the busload, Kat gets lost from the group and falls down a shaft, where she discovers an awe-inspiring world of fantasy come to life. She meets an ancient dragonùthe last of his kindùand discovers a secret about the gold that litters the creature's den and why dragons throughout time have hoarded the sparkling treasure.
The dragon helps Kat escape the endless caverns, but not before Kat greedily takes a piece of gold for herself. Feeling guilty, Kat decides to return it, but before she can do this she drops it in front of a group of visitors, and a media frenzy ensues. Soon the mining town is filled with gold seekers. In order to save the dragon and his gold, Kat and her brother must venture back into the mine to warn him. But will they get there in time?
This fast-paced, beautifully told modern fantasy tale by children's book illustrator Troy Howell will keep readers spellbound.
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Gr 5–8—Kat Graham loves gold—she even has a gold tooth—so when she sees a sign for the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour in Cripple Creek, CO, she persuades her father to take a short detour en route to his new job in California. While on the tour, Kat sneaks away from the group, tumbles down a shaft, and makes a startling discovery: Ye, an ancient dragon surrounded by a hoard of gold. Gold, Ye explains, is what remains of dragons after they die, and Ye is the last of his kind. Though touched by his story, Kat can't resist keeping a nugget for herself and ends up sparking a national sensation as various forms of human greed and ambition collide in a second gold rush. Featuring among other things a cool private eye, a nasty investigative reporter, and a tragic accident that has left Kat's mother comatose, Howell's debut novel is often a bit too crowded for its own good, but the book provides some interesting discussion points on the themes of greed, mortality, and wonder.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
On their way to San Francisco with their dad, Kat Graham and her brother Dillon are temporarily leaving behind Pearl, Kat's mother, who is in a long term coma. Kat blames herself for her mother's injury. When the trio stops in Cripple Creek, Colorado (at Kat's insistence), they tour an old gold mine. Curious Kat wanders off and falls deep into the cavern below. There she meets a dragon named "Ye" and he tells her that he is the last one. The gold lying round them is all that remains, for when dragons die, their bodies turn to gold. Ye leads Kat out of the mine, and she gives him the pearl ring her mother had given to her. She also takes one large nugget of gold. The population of Cripple Creek goes gold crazy. The story is full of Dickensian characters, such as Rex Havick who talks like old western movie cowboy, ruthless reporter Rose Robbins and a cast of other disreputable characters. Remembering their discussion about greed, and now seeing what it does to people, Kat wants to return the gold. She is finally able to do this, but the dragon is wounded, her father loses his chance at a job, and both the gold and her mother's ring are lost. The family returns home. Kat grieves for Ye, who then returns. He makes sure she gets her ring back, and, after making her promise to use any gold she finds for good, he dies. His body turns into a pile of gold for the family. This book has a little bit of everything—action, humor, pathos, quick dialogue—and would make a great read aloud for the middle school classroom. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Kat Graham loves gold—she even has a gold tooth—so when she sees a sign for the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour in Cripple Creek, CO, she persuades her father to take a short detour en route to his new job in California. While on the tour, Kat sneaks away from the group, tumbles down a shaft, and makes a startling discovery: Ye, an ancient dragon surrounded by a hoard of gold. Gold, Ye explains, is what remains of dragons after they die, and Ye is the last of his kind. Though touched by his story, Kat can't resist keeping a nugget for herself and ends up sparking a national sensation as various forms of human greed and ambition collide in a second gold rush. Featuring among other things a cool private eye, a nasty investigative reporter, and a tragic accident that has left Kat's mother comatose, Howell's debut novel is often a bit too crowded for its own good, but the book provides some interesting discussion points on the themes of greed, mortality, and wonder.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613121313
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,208,228
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Troy Howell has won an Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award and New York and Los Angeles Society of Illustrators merit awards. His work has been named a Redbook Best Children's Book of the Year. This is his first novel. He lives in Falmouth, Virginia.

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