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Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.
Children's Choice Award Nominee (in sixteen states)
IRA Teachers' Choice
Animals fed, Jeremy sat down to study the ball. Shoving aside a stack of unfinished drawings, he placed the box in the center of his desk and took off the lid.
It's like a kaleidoscope, he thought, as the colors swirled in the light of his desk lamp. Except you don't need to look through a tube to see it.
Marveling that the old man had sold him such a wonder for only a quarter, Jeremy reached out to touch its glossy surface. With a cry of surprise he pulled back his hand.
The ball was warmer than before. Eying it nervously, Jeremy unfolded the paper the old man had tucked into the box. Probably directions for keeping it clean, he thought, as he spread the paper out on his desk. But when he looked at it, he blinked in surprise.
A picture of a dragon stretched up the left side and around the top corner of the page. A burst of flames extending from its mouth separated into fiery letters that said, "How to Hatch a Dragon's Egg."
Jeremy frowned. What kind of fool does that old man think I am?
The whole thing was ridiculous. But it was also intriguing, so he decided to read the rest of the page, which had been written by hand in a script that was loose and spidery.
HOW TO HATCH A DRAGON'S EGG
The egg you have just purchased has already gone through a long aging process. It now needs but two things to be ready to hatch -- the light of a full moon, and the words of a true friend.
To quicken the egg, take it outside at midnight on the night of the next full moon. Lift it to the moonlight and whisper: Full moon's light to wake the egg, Full moon's light to hatch it; Midsummer Night will crack the world, But St. John's Day will patch it.
Exposethe egg to the moonlight for at least three hours, then await the results.
You have been entrusted with a very special creature, Jeremy Thatcher. Treat it with care, for its safety depends upon your willingness to follow these directions exactly.
It goes without saying that secrecy is essential.
-S. H. Elives
Jeremy felt the hairs at the back of his neck begin to prickle. How did that old man know my name? he wondered. He was sure he had never mentioned it.
"Hey, Bub!" said a voice, making him jump.
The voice came from a speaker mounted on the wall next to his desk -- part of the intercom system his dad had installed during the last burst of what Jeremy's mother called "Herbert's occasional electronic enthusiasms."
"Hey, Bub," repeated his father. "Are you there?"
"I'm here," said Jeremy, somewhat reluctantly.
"Well, you shouldn't be. You should be here, getting your chores done."
Despite the admonishing words, Dr. Thatcher's voice was cheerful.
"Be right there," said Jeremy, trying to sound enthusiastic.
Slipping the instructions under a pile of his drawings, Jeremy headed out of his room and down the stairs. With Grief bouncing at his heels, he ambled down the winding driveway, past the pair of small barns, to his father's veterinary office. Stepping inside, Jeremy found his father shoving vitamins into a ferret.
"Hold still, ho-o-old still," crooned Herbert Thatcher to the squirming mass of brown and yellow fur in his hands. "Ah, there's a love!"
Jeremy reached out to take the ferret.
"Hey, kiddo," said his father, handing over the animal. "How was your day?"
Jeremy put the ferret on his shoulder. The action gave him a chance to think about his father's question.
"Complicated," he said at last, squirming a bit as the little animal licked his ear.
Dr. Thatcher raised an eyebrow, his way of requesting more information.
"Well, for one thing, Mary Lou Hutton wants to kiss me."
Dr. Thatcher wrinkled his nose. "That's what you get for being so cute."
"I'm not cute!"
"Okay, you're ugly. Put Farrah in her cage and go feed the cats. I've got one more patient to see before I can knock off for the night."
Jeremy caged the ferret, then found the cat food and began filling the dishes. In the next to last cage crouched an enormous orange-and-white cat with tattered ears and a swollen eye.
"Hey, Pete," said Jeremy. "How ya doin'?"
The cat -- whose full name, according to his owner, was "Fat Pete, Porkus Extrernus" -- was in the office at least once a month to get stitched up after one of his fights. While today's eye problem was new, the tattered ears had been that way for years.
Jeremy reached through the bars to scratch behind Pete's ears. The cat responded by clawing his hand.
Jeremy pulled back. "Why, you rotten..."
"Jeremy!" called his father from the other room. "What's the rule?"
Jeremy sighed. "There's no sense in getting mad at a cat for being a cat." He knew it was true, but he stuck his tongue out at Pete anyway.
After all the animals were fed, Jeremy and his father walked back to the house. The sky was dark with clouds, and in the distance they could hear a rumble of thunder.
"When's the next full moon?" Jeremy asked suddenly, as they reached the back door.
Dr. Thatcher, who was apt to burst into song whenever something reminded him of a Iyric, threw back his head and sang, "Full mooooon brings empty heart --"
Dr. Thatcher paused. "I don't know," he said. "But it can't be long. Go get today's paper."
"I don't think a full moon counts as big news, Dad."
"Just get the paper."
Jeremy got the paper. His father showed him the almanac on the inside of the first page. It told when the sun came up, when it was going to set, what time the moon rose and set, and other equally trivial things.
"They're not so trivial when you want to know them," said Dr. Thatcher. "Anyway," he continued, pointing to the almanac, "to answer your question, the next full moon is tonight."
Dr. Thatcher glanced at his watch. "Starting in about two hours," he said. "Assuming it doesn't rain."
Jeremy swallowed. He didn't really believe the thing upstairs was an egg. But if he wanted to know for sure, he'd have to start tonight. Either that, or wait another whole month.
Leaving his father, he went upstairs to look at the ball. He picked it up and held it for a moment. It was warmer than ever. Pulling out the directions, he made up his mind.
Tonight he would try to hatch a dragon.
Copyright © 1993 by Bruce Coville
|1||Love Letter of Doom||1|
|8||The Dragon Who Came to Dinner||74|
|9||The Heat Is On||86|
|13||Nothing You Love Is Lost||132|
Posted December 8, 2001
I attended school as a very shy girl and hated the school work but i loved reading and the libarary was my favorite place in the whole world. I found this book lying horozontal, underneath all the others, dusty and forgotten but with one sitting it soon became my favorite book. I read it everyday from start to finish at least once and when it came time to move at the end of a six month period as it inevitably would, i took it with me, i know what youre thinking, thats stealing. Well thats how mom saw it and mailed it back. I missed that book and Jeremy, as i had come to like him very much. But most of all i missed dragon and i wished i had gone home with the dragon. This book is beyond five stars but that is as high as they will go.
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Posted June 30, 2013
:) My 3rd grade teacher read this book to my class and everone was hooked. Most of us asked where she got it and she said, "Barns and Noble." So of course I went looking for it but I could not find it. And here it is! Unfortunitly I am in 8th grade now so I do not think I will be reading it and putting it in my book log but I may just get it as a I'm-really-bored-and-have-nothing-to-do-so-I'll-just-read-this book. But it was/is an amazingly good book or I wouldn't have remembered it when I came across it FIVE YEARS LATER! :)
*it used to have a better cover.... :\
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Posted December 7, 2009
The book Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher is a sad but action packed book by the author Bruce Coville.Other related books are"Juliet Dove Queen Of Love,The Skull Of Truth,and The Monsters Ring".This book is about a young 12 year old in seventh grade named Jeremy Thatcher.He is a very talented artist and one of the best artist in his entire school.Though he has problems in his art class his problems are about to get even worst.He finds a majic shop in a nighberhood he has never heard or seen before,he goes inside and finds a beautiful colored object that catches his attention.Though the owner of the shop gives it to him for only twenty-five cents,the man mysteriously takes his money and tells him to take care of it.Along with a list of things he must to and feed to it,Jeremy thinks it is just a joke.while he reads the list he sees that it says to sing a poem and do it when the next full moon appears.When The next moon appears he reads the poem and suddenly the egg hatches into a dragon!He feeds it and pampers it until it starts to grow to large were he is forced to keep it in a barn.While both of them have a communication were they can talk to eachother in their minds other people are not able to see the dragon but Jeremy!But when it grows to big he must return it tio the majic shop keeper for him to return it to his homeworld.When they both say their goodbyes to eachother jeremy is back to his normal life but is still able to communicate with his pet dragon.The setting of this place is in about are time since is does not say were the setting is takin.I liked this book because it had a whole lot of different emotions and very creative detale,packed with action,depresing moments,love and anger.I have a lot of connections with jeremy as well.We both go to school,and both have pets.Jeremy and I are very both talented artest and love thrilling adventures!
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Posted November 24, 2002
This book is amazing,my teacher read it to us in 2 grade and i'm in 4 grade now and i still remeber it perfectly because it was great!!!!!!!READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted May 10, 2014
I loved reading this book. It was one of the only books that kept me hooked. If you like dragons and fantisy I think you should definitly read this book.:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Bruce Coville is amazing. Magic shop books still make me want to turn down the strange street and find Elives Magic Shop. And would give anything to go doaring eith Tiamat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2013
I read this book as a child and several times in my teen years. It has always proven to be a good friend even after all these years. It is easy enough for a child in elementary to pick up, yet still adventurous enough for the kid that hides in all of us. Even if you don't read it yourself, it is a wonderful story of friemdship and responsibility for your children!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2013
I love this book so much! Everyone should read it! It is very sad at the end but it still is a good book. I encourge everyone to try it even if dragons are not their thing. I hope enjoy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2013
This book is in the annual Battle of The Books competition! For those who don't know what that is, it's a contest between a few teams and they all read the 4 books they were asigned. Then, approximately 1 month later, the principal asks each team questions about the books. Theu do this 3 times, and whichever team has the highest score added up from all 3 battles goes to the district battle to represent our school!!!!!!!!!!!!! As of now, my team is in 1st place!
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Posted February 20, 2013
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher is a timeless story of a curious boy that learns a lesson in responsibility and priorities.
This book was read aloud to my third grade class and it is a tale that has stuck with me through out my school years. I just did an observation of a classroom in December of 2012 in a third grade classroom, about halfway through the day guess what book i find out the teacher is reading to their students? These students enjoyed the story of Jeremy and Tiamat just as much as I did as a child and cant wait so someday read this book to my own students!
This book teaches its readers about friendship, and learning the balance between curiosity and responsibility . I recommend Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher to anyone who has not read this book and to all those who have to read more books from Bruce Coville's Magic Shop Series.