Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop Series)

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If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop. And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon's egg? And if you did buy the dragon's egg, what would you do when you found out you were supposed to hatch it? ...
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Overview

If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop. And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon's egg? And if you did buy the dragon's egg, what would you do when you found out you were supposed to hatch it?

Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jeremy forms an unexpected bond with Tiamat the dragon in this sequel to The Monster's Ring. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In escaping from Mary Lou who wants to kiss him, Jeremy ends up in a strange magic shop. He buys what looks like a marble, but it turns out to be a dragon's egg. His trials and tribulations raising a pet dragon result in a funny, fantastic story with a meaningful message about growing up. Black-eyed Susan Book Award winner. 1992 (orig.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
While running to escape some bullies, Jeremy Thatcher dashes into a strange magic shop. He becomes entranced with a multi-colored sphere, but the crotchety store clerk seems reluctant to part with it. He admonishes Jeremy to carefully follow the instructions included with the sphere-instructions for hatching a dragon's egg! Once hatched, Jeremy and the dragonlet develop a wonderful bond-they can communicate through images projected to one another. Luckily, the dragon is invisible to most people. However, having a dragon at school or at a dinner party can be a disaster! Soon it is time for the dragon to return to its proper home, and Jeremy wrestles with relief from the burden of caring for it contrasted with the misery of losing his beloved friend. This wonderful fantasy tale is strengthened by this discussion of loss and the permanence of love as well as another sub-plot involving the true motives of a difficult teacher.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When the marble egg that Jeremy buys at Mr. Elives' Magic Shop hatches into a dragon, Jeremy's life changes drastically. Tiamat, like ET, is irresistible. Jeremy learns responsibility and the power of love. Enter the world of Jeremy and Tiamat. There won't be a dry eye in the house when it is time for Tiamat to return to her own world. Will Jeremy be able to set her free?
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[set star] "A funny, enjoyable, imaginative story whose serious undercurrents lend it unexpected depth."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Not only is the story involving but the reader can really get a feeling for Jeremy as a person."--VOYA

"Will bring laughter and near tears to readers . . . Dragons really exist for a little while."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833595690
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Series: Magic Shop Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 11200 San Val
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.53 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Coville

Popular author Bruce Coville has more than fourteen million books in print, including the bestselling My Teacher Is an Alien and Jennifer Murdley's Toad. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
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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.

Good hatching!

-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 --"

"Dad!"

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."

"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

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Table of Contents

1 Love Letter of Doom 1
2 Strange Instructions 12
3 Hatchling 22
4 Hyacinth Priest 33
5 Things Unseen 44
6 Tiamat 53
7 Still Life 64
8 The Dragon Who Came to Dinner 74
9 The Heat Is On 86
10 The Hatchers 97
11 Confessions 110
12 Night Flights 120
13 Nothing You Love Is Lost 132
Epilogue 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    In rememberance

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Omg

    :) 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.... :\

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    "I am a 6th Grade Student in Glendale, AZ"

    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!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher

    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.:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    To #4

    Tjeres anither one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Awesome book!

    I read this as a kid and I loved it. Great for kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Amazing Adventures

    This was my favorite book in my childhood. I loved it so much! I highly reccomend this book to people of all ages because it is so incredibly magical!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Is this the only book in the series?

    From what I see, it is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!

    Best book I ever read!!!!!This is a MUST read book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Best book

    This book is so good I did not think it was going to be good when I bought it. It is worth it. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Must read

    I loved this book my 5th grade teacher read it to us almost ever day you must read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Jordan

    (Okay, the results at my house are flippin' around like crazy so go to 'the castle' whatever res that is titled"Tuesdays at the castle.")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Laden

    Curls around his arm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    A very good book for kids!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Still my favorite book from childhood!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Excellent book at any age!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    A very good book!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Battle of The Books

    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!
    Thanks for reading!

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher is a timeless story of a curious

    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.

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