Dragonsdale (Dragonsdale Series #1)

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A fantasy world where every girl has a dragon of her own to groom, train, and ride; a unique and highly commercial take on the popular dragon theme!

Imagine a stable full of dragons! A place where a group of young girls is busy grooming their beautiful beasts and getting them ready for competition--with all the ups and downs, all the drama, that inevitably result! Dragonsdale is such a place. The stable is run by Cara's father, but, after a tragic dragon accident in which her ...

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Overview


A fantasy world where every girl has a dragon of her own to groom, train, and ride; a unique and highly commercial take on the popular dragon theme!

Imagine a stable full of dragons! A place where a group of young girls is busy grooming their beautiful beasts and getting them ready for competition--with all the ups and downs, all the drama, that inevitably result! Dragonsdale is such a place. The stable is run by Cara's father, but, after a tragic dragon accident in which her mother lost her life, Cara herself is strictly forbidden to ride. Yet she cannot resist the lure of the magical fire-breathing creatures. In secret she trains Skydancer, her rare, wild Goldenbrow dragon, and dreams of the day when she, too, can take flight.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fantasy-minded girls with a love for horses will likely take to this story, first in a planned series, which uses the structure and tone of a horse-training tale but features dragons instead. Cara is the daughter of Huw the Dragonmaster, leader of the training farm called Dragonsdale. She has a deep love for dragons in general, and for the "untamable" Skydancer in particular-but her father has forbidden her ever to ride one since her mother died in a riding accident. The arrogant and lazy Hortense, daughter of wealthy Lord Torin, is trying to learn to ride, but her attitude prevents her from bonding with any dragons. When Cara catches Hortense beating her dragon after losing a competition, she blackens her eye, earning the ire of both her father and Lord Torin. To smooth the ruffled feathers of his valued customer, Huw offers Hortense her choice of dragons to take for her own-and, of course, she chooses Skydancer to spite Cara. That ends badly too, and Cara ends up rescuing Skydancer (and flying him in the process). Large portions of the book are devoted to the workaday stable duties at a "dragon farm" and to the day of the big competition-it is in both of these sections that the similarities to horse fiction are particularly strong. But the element of the fantastic, a nifty die-cut cover and Marklew's exuberant pencil illustrations should endear this book to girls who dream of riding great, beautiful creatures-of one sort or another. Ages 9-12. (May)

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In the first book in the "Dragonriders of Bresal" series, readers are introduced to Cara, a girl who wants to be a dragon rider more than anything. But ever since her mother died from a dragon riding accident, her father has insisted that Cara never be allowed on a dragon, even though he is the Dragonmaster and owns Dragon's Dale dragon farm. Cara spends her days training new stable hand Drane, assisting her friends Breena and Wony, and even helping the horrible Hortense, daughter of the High Lord Torin, and a girl who seriously mistreats any dragon she has ever ridden. After a fight with Hortense, Cara finds herself on the receiving end of a plot for revenge. Hortense is determined to have Cara's favorite dragon, Skydancer, for her own, or no one will be able to have him. Will Cara find the strength to help save Sky, even though it means going against her father's commands? In this new series the old tropes of horse stories for young girls are turned instead to dragon stories. Though the plotlines are familiar, the imaginative world and newness of the situation of dragon riding and showing will be enough to draw both fantasy and horse lovers to this series.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5 -Cara's father is dragonmaster of Dragonsdale, a riding stable and school where the steeds are dragons rather than horse in this fantasy by Slamanda Drake (Chicken House, 2007). Cara longs to ride Sky Dancer, but her father won't allow her to ride any dragon because her mother was thrown from a dragon and killed. Even though he is wild, Cara is convinced that she would be successful because of the bond of trust between them. When Hortense, the local lord's haughty daughter, decides that she wants to own Sky Dancer, the tension mounts and comes to a head at the dragon riding championship. Jill Shilling reads clearly, with an identifiable and consistent voice for each character. Listeners will not have a problem with her British accent and the occasional Briticisms. Youngsters who enjoy horse stories will be enthusiastic and eagerly await a sequel.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture School, New York, NY

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545034036
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Dragonsdale Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 423,582
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

When it comes to dragons, SALAMANDA DRAKE knows her Goldenbrows from her Finbacks. She lives on Pennyloaf Island, Bresal.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Check this out

    Funny a must have for girls who love horses, but with dragons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    dragonsdale

    dragonsdale is a great book the cover makes it look like a girly book but its not so dont judge a book by its cover. I cant wait to read the sequal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    A reviewer

    Dragonsdale is an incredible book filled with adventure that makes you never want to stop reading. I have read the first book and I can't wait to read the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Not what I expected....

    When I first say this book, I couldn't wait to read it. Now, afterward, I wish I had borrowed it from the library. It's good and all but...it's missing something. It's a lot like Eragon, but more....childish. I love books about dragons, but the way I picture them is different. I dont think humans should have to guide the dragons and stuff like that, and they shouldnt have to wear bridles. I think that they should be able to talk. I mean really...if dragons are so 'advanced', why cant they speak to humans? I think it'd be awsome! But no, this book doesn't have that, and probably never will.... Either way, this book was not very well written, in my opinion, but it was a good story, and somehow Cara reminds me of myself....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    Story not as great as the cover.

    In my opinion, I found this story boring at first and it took forever to get to the exciting part. I also found it annoying that Cara would not ride the dragon, when her father told her not to. Overall, the book was average.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really enjoyed this book. It was really amazing, and full of fantasy. I warn you though, the beginning was a bit boring, and it took me a while to actually get to the exciting part. Overall though, it was very good and I had a lot of fun witht the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    Love it

    I loved this book. You will never want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    Really cool!

    I really enjoyed this book, its an exciting story about a girl who lives at a riding stable where they train dragons instead of horses! She wants to be a dragonrider, but she has to overcome many obstacles before she can see her dreams come true! This book is full of excitement and emotion, and i will recommend it to all my friends!

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