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Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy Series #1)

Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy Series #1)

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by Anne McCaffrey

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For centuries, the world of Pern has faced a destructive force known as Thread. But the magnificent dragons who've protected this world and the men and women who ride them are dwindling.

As fewer dragons ride the winds and destruction falls from the sky, fifteen- year- old Menolly holds one dream only: to sing, play, and weave the music that comes to her


For centuries, the world of Pern has faced a destructive force known as Thread. But the magnificent dragons who've protected this world and the men and women who ride them are dwindling.

As fewer dragons ride the winds and destruction falls from the sky, fifteen- year- old Menolly holds one dream only: to sing, play, and weave the music that comes to her so easily- she wishes to become a Harper. But despite her great talents, her father believes that a young girl is unworthy of such a respected position and forbids her to persue her dreams. Menolly runs away and happens upon nine fire lizards that could possibly save her world... and change her life forever.

Editorial Reviews

Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall Trilogy kicks off with this riveting and poetic first installment, in which Menolly -- a gifted musician who dreams of becoming a Harper -- meets a band of fire lizards and becomes their teacher. The beginning to an entrancing fantasy series that McCaffrey fans (as well as Tamora Pierce and Marion Zimmer Bradley lovers) won't want to miss.
Children's Literature
Science Fiction and fantasy fans have long enjoyed the books by Anne McCaffrey. The trilogy "Harper Hall" has been reissued in paperback with attractive covers for readers just learning about her or for those of us who enjoy rereading a favorite tale. Menolly is the heroine is this story. She escapes from a strict home where her father has forbidden her to sing and because she runs away she has the good fortune to become friends with nine fire lizards. These creatures are relatives of dragons and much sought after. All of Menolly's dreams come true in this book—she becomes a Harper, finds a home with like-minded folks and finds true friends. The story moves at a rapid pace with plenty of danger and daring and we are always rooting for Menolly. Readers will have trouble putting this book down and then will want to read the rest of the story in the second book Dragonsinger and the conclusion of the story in Dragondrums. 2003 (orig. 1976), Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 10 to 14.
— Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
Dragonriders of Pern Series , #4
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926–November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Dragonsong 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When are we going to get these great stories (Harper Hall Trilogy) in NOOK format????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How come Amazon has this in ebook format and not Barnes and Noble?
Cosmicbrambleclaw-books More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Anne's books, just got White Dragon for my nook, cant wait for this and the other two Harper Hall of Pern books to be nookbooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Anne and Todd's Pern series, yes I have liked all the books 4 and 5 stars all. I just wish I could get "ALL" as nook books, starting with Harper-hall trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just at my daughters house, and was thrilled to hear my son-in-law reading this series, that I love, To my grandsons.  They loved it as much as I, and my daughters did.  I hope it come out on NOOK so I can add it to the rest of my McCaffrey dragon series.  I still read my ragged copies at least once a year.
imnookworm More than 1 year ago
I love these books. I have read them over and over and have worn out three sets of paperbacks. Please put these Harper Hall books on the nook. I think they are essential to understanding the world of Pern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my 7th grade Language Arts class, and it was a great book to read. The only problems were that the first chapter was confusing because of the different words and once you understand it, it is a very fascinating and interesting book to read. I would definitely read the second and third book.
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Jenn_N More than 1 year ago
Recommended for young readers AND their older siblings, parents, cousins, grandparents, dogs, cats and pet birds. Not kidding. I've been a grown-up for more years than I care to remember and this book is one of my favorites. Although it is definitely accessible to young readers there is nothing 'juvenile' about this book. The ONLY problem I have with this amazing book is that it is NOT yet available on Kindle... This is the first book in a trilogy which is part of a much larger series of books and this trilogy includes the ONLY three books (out of 24 in the series) which are not available for Kindle. I shall continue to wait impatiently for this trilogy to be available on Kindle.
book-ash More than 1 year ago
This is the book that got me reading about dragons. It is a good read for beginners of Pern, allows you to be introduced but does not overwhelm you with detailarge. 
Kat_Fia More than 1 year ago
I love the build up of the story. Me illy is an awesome character.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
A brief forward to the review: "Dragonsong" is the first book in Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy. The series is generally catalogued as children's (at least in the nypl catalog) but is really for any readers. Like many of McCaffrey's novels, it's set in the world of Pern. I haven't read anything but this trilogy yet, but am pretty sure these novels (from the 1970s) operate as prequels to the other more adult oriented novels. Oh, and I absolutely loved the entire trilogy. On to the review: Menolly was born in the small fishing village of Half Circle Sea Hold on Pern. Despite her father's leadership position in the community, Menolly finds herself with very little freedom--especially freedom to make music, her one bliss. When Petiron, the village's old Harper, passes away Menolly's parents realize with some horror that their daughter is the only one who can take up the Harper's duties until a replacement is sent from the Harper Hall. Once this replacement arrives, Menolly is ordered to abandon her music (even in her head) on threat of physical harm in order to save her family and the hold from the scandal of having produced a girl Harper. Her hopes shattered, Menolly runs away from the hold and takes refuge in a beach cave where Menolly discovers a nest of the much sought after (and semi-mythical) fire lizards. After finding her new friends, things begin to look up for Menolly who realizes that anything is possible if you aren't afraid of going after what you want. There's more to the plot, of course, but all of that is better learned by reading the book instead of this review. "Dragonsong" is written in what I would call an understated style. McCaffrey isn't at pains to illustrate her talent as a writer--she knows she's good and has a story worth telling. Having never read about Pern, I wasn't sure what to expect. Despite a mildly confusing start, McCaffrey created a story here that functions as a standalone from the larger world of the Pern series. Furthermore, she also expertly builds up the landscapes and cities of Pern the better for readers to imagine them. The other thing that I really like about this story is that it has a fairly narrow focus. The novel centers on Menolly and her journey to the Harper Hall. There are a lot of stories out there about girls who are told they don't deserve much from life, or girls who think they can't do what they really want to do. In a way, Menolly has that problem--especially because of her parents. But she's more than that too. As the novel progresses, Menolly begins to realize with the help of her friends (fire lizard and otherwise) that she deserves better and that there is more to life than pleasing others. So, on the one hand we have a wonderfully written fantasy novel that is arguably the first word on Dragon stories in the genre. On the other hand we have the story of a girl finding her own way in the world as she discovers that she's a much stronger, smarter and more vibrant girl than her parents would have her believe.
dinosaur_rawr More than 1 year ago
I got into this series because of my dad. I really enjoyed it and I couldn't wait to get into the next one. The names are a little confusing but it gets easier. I don't see why children can't read it, it's a magical series. I recommend it to children and their parents
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KatCC More than 1 year ago
I love this series, read it years ago and re-read them now as "comfort food". I just bought the series for my niece (12 years old) for Christmas. There is a strong plot with a strong female main character but no sex or unreasonable violence. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and/or needs a present for a young girl.
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