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Falcon's Egg
     

Falcon's Egg

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by Luli Gray, Norma Jean Sawicki (Editor)
 

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Ever since her parents divorced, Falcon has been in charge-of herself, her younger brother, and even her loving but self-absorbed mother. One day in Central Park she finds a large, glowing, hot egg that no one can identify. With her wise but eccentric great-aunt, a nurturing neighbor, and a wacky ornithologist from the Museum of Natural History, she establishes a

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Ever since her parents divorced, Falcon has been in charge-of herself, her younger brother, and even her loving but self-absorbed mother. One day in Central Park she finds a large, glowing, hot egg that no one can identify. With her wise but eccentric great-aunt, a nurturing neighbor, and a wacky ornithologist from the Museum of Natural History, she establishes a secret society: the Friends of Egg. As Falcon watches and cares for the egg, she is able to forget some of her problems and even to share her secret with her family. And when a baby dragon hatches, everyone is amazed except Great-Aunt Emily, who knows that dragons appear only for a reason. A beautifully crafted, memorable first novel, Falcon's Egg combines fantasy with a poignant story of love in a troubled single-parent family.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Engaging, intelligent, and well wrought: the best dragon story since Donn Kushner's A Book Dragon." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this first novel about a girl who hatches a dragon's egg "an imaginative and meaningful tale, told with flair." Ages 8-11. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Targeted to middle-grade children, this novel will intrigue them with a mythic creature who is the story's the centerpiece. The heroine, Emily Falcon Davies, has resiliently made her own path to compensate for her illustrator-mother's benign neglect. Falcon steers her younger brother Toody and herself through Manhattan locales, finding nurture from respectful adults who understand her needs and growing pains. One day she discovers a warm egg in Central Park that hatches into a dragon. Much intrigue and organizing is needed to hide a dragon in New York. As the hatchling grows, it must be moved continually and its ever-increasing appetite and need to fly become problematic. Falcon juggles the magic of the secret dragon with an unsatisfying school life, becomes closer to the adults who partake with her in the mystery of watching a dragon's life unfold, and finally, struggles to let the dragon live its own life. The story blends reality, myth, and magic in a plausible way.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Playing in Central Park one day, a lonely 11-year-old girl finds a red-hot egg that magically changes her life. The demanding young dragon that hatches provides the fanciful elements to more subtle realities. (Sept. 1995)
Lauren Peterson
An enchanting world of secrets and magical creatures awaits readers in this charming story that begins with 11-year-old Falcon's happening upon a very unusual egg in Central Park. Knowing her mother would never let her keep it, Falcon confides, instead, in her neighbor Ardene Taylor and her great-great-aunt Emily, whose ornithologist friend soon becomes involved. The suspense builds as the four gather in Ardene's apartment every chance they get to keep watch on the egg, speculating about when, or if, it will hatch, and what kind of creature is inside. Not quite halfway through the book, the egg hatches, but the remainder of the story isn't anticlimactic. Actually, it's after the hatching that the adventure really begins. Gray has created a magical fantasyland of such realism that children will easily slip inside along with Falcon and linger even after the final page of the book has been turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395711286
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Luli Gray belongs to a family for whom, she says, "reading and writing are as necessary as breathing." Born in Argentina, and for years a resident of New York City, she now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Falcon and the Charles Street Witch is the sequel to her first novel, Falcon’s Egg which received rave reviews and was an ALA Notable Children’s Book for 1995 and a School Library Journal Best Book of 1996.

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Falcon's Egg 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and im sure anyone else would love like i do or even more but not less i now you'll love this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
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