The Dragon Boy: Book One of The Star Trilogy


An orphaned boy discovers a unique connection between himself and the kingdom's precious Luck Dragon. The dragon takes the boy on as his apprentice, secretly training him in the ways of a knight. Years later, a warrior king and his army arrive, demanding a battle to the death with the docile Luck Dragon. Only the boy can prevent this fateful battle.

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An orphaned boy discovers a unique connection between himself and the kingdom's precious Luck Dragon. The dragon takes the boy on as his apprentice, secretly training him in the ways of a knight. Years later, a warrior king and his army arrive, demanding a battle to the death with the docile Luck Dragon. Only the boy can prevent this fateful battle.

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When Boy's adoptive grandmother Galifalia dies, he goes to the Luck Dragon compound and begs admittance. Inside, the children of the nobles of Nogardia care for the docile dragon. Much to the chagrin of some of the children, the boy, soon called Straw, is welcomed. Before long, he forms a special relationship with the awesome dragon Star. Straw learns he's descended from an old race that can understand the speech of the dragons, and Star begins training Straw to fight. After years of training, Straw's enemies force his exile from the compound, but this is just the beginning of the adventure. Samson, a Waldorf educator and playwright, has crafted an enjoyable if somewhat pedestrian fantasy. Boy/Straw is too good, and his adversaries are too easily beaten to generate much tension. Too, the author at times gets tangled in his language and ends up saying the opposite of what he means. Fantasy lovers could do worse, but dragon tales are plentiful. Could be useful in classroom discussions on bullying. (Fantasy. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888365849
  • Publisher: Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Star Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 104,900
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Excerpt from Chapter One

Galifalia sat on the stone bench along the outside wall of her small cottage. She was tired and her back was stiff from bending over her rows of cabbages, beans and carrots. She leaned back and let the thick autumn rays of the setting sun warm her. A dangling wisp of graying hair tickled her right cheek. With a reflex repeated countless times, she wiped the dry dirt off on her apron and tucked the hair back underneath her scarf. It was an unusual scarf. It was dyed dark blue and embroidered with golden stars. It looked like something that might appear as part of the crest of a noble house.
She sighed and settled her hands on her lap. She looked at them and smiled quietly. Old and gnarled, covered with dirt from the day's work in the garden, they still served her well. A bit of washing would clean them up. And she sighed again.
She was happy with her simple life. She had her cottage, and although it was hardly more than a hut, it suited her needs. It kept her warm at night, the wind off her back and the rain off her head. She had her garden, and was content to spend her time tilling the soil and bringing forth abundant vegetables and flowers. It gave her more than she could eat, so she traded her surplus for the grain she couldn't grow. She knew her health was not to be taken for granted. The day she could not rise to tend her garden was the day to stay in bed and welcome the long sleep. But on such an afternoon, with the autumn setting sun warming her cheeks and the garden looking vibrant and green, the end of her life felt too far away to consider for more than a fleeting moment.
And there was peacein the land. She knew this would last long past her death. She felt deep contentment with the role she had played. That memory prompted her to bless each morning and give thanks each evening. At the request of King Pell, she had recently completed an account of her adventure. It had been difficult to pull together all of the jumbled memories. At times she was uplifted by joy and at other moments overcome with grief at the remembering. Now that this last task was done, she looked forward to peaceful days in her old age.
And, of course, she had her geese. She looked out over the garden at their white, feathery forms as they rummaged for snails among the rows of vegetables. When her
great adventure had begun, she could only dream of one day having her own flock. Now here they were in her own garden. They were good companions, faithful and alert.
"Good evening, Galifalia."
She looked up, shaken out of her reverie. How had someone walked up to her gate without her geese objecting? This was quite peculiar. They were very protective of their garden. She saw they were all on high alert, necks craning, red beaks jutting upwards. But they did not make any noise louder than meek, hoarse squawks. This was very odd, indeed.

Whoever had spoken was standing at her gate with the setting sun behind him. She shielded her eyes to see the visitor. She didn't recognize the voice, yet something in it had been oddly familiar.
"Good evening to you," she responded, squinting into the bright light.
There stood a man, cloaked and hooded, though he wore his hood back on his head revealing his face. She could make out a shaggy mane of grizzled hair, a large gray beard, a beak of a nose, a jutting brow and two eyes as fierce as sparks flying out of a fire.
"Good evening," she repeated. Strangers were common enough in her life. Even the occasional dwarf or elf dropped by to pay their respects. Most folk, though, stopped at her gate and gawked at her like she was some rare specimen in the king's zoo. Rarely did any of them ever speak to her, let alone address her by name.
"Pleasant evening it is," the stranger said with a mysterious smile. He seemed to realize the effect he had on her and was enjoying it.
"Are you new in these parts?" She didn't think she knew him, yet at the same moment, his voice and his looks reminded her of someone from long ago. An uncomfortable memory stirred in her heart and sent a sudden thrill through her whole body.
"I've been here before, yet it was when you could only dream of having your own garden and a fine flock of geese. Don't you remember?"
That was a strange comment. How could he know so much about her without her remembering him? She studied his jutting nose and those eyes, so calm and full of mischief at the same time. Uncommonly black eyes, like the opening of a deep well. And now she noticed his lips. Unusually full and red for an old man. A strange memory was welling up in her breast. Galifalia sat up straighter.
"Come inside the gate," she said. "You obviously know me better than I know you. You've come looking for me, it seems."
"My Lady," he began, "I always appreciated how you don't believe in beating around the bush." He stepped smoothly inside the gate. Pretty limber for an old fellow like him, she thought to herself. From the way he held his body, it seemed to her that he was carrying something underneath his cloak. What did he want to keep hidden? Her gaggle of geese flowed towards the gate, beaks still raised threateningly. As he entered, they made way for him, something she had never seen them do before. They made soft peeping sounds, as if they knew him.
"The years have been kind to you," the stranger continued.
She nodded in appreciation, but said nothing. What was he up to? And how many years ago had he known her?
"Are you still eager for an adventure?" he asked suddenly.
When the stranger spoke these words, recognition jolted her. If she had not lived for years in the certitude that the man standing before her could no longer be among the living, she would have known him the moment he first spoke.
"You're alive." Her voice was hoarse and choked. She was nearly panting with shock.
"And why shouldn't I be? Life is much too interesting to let go of that easily or quickly."
"But back then . . . " her voice faded away and she shook her head in disbelief.
"Back then," the stranger continued for her, "I was already an old man. Is that it?" He smiled broadly.
"Aye," she said, looking at him with awe. "I was a young wild filly ready to take on the world and you were an old man. An old man with a young man's lips. You said you'd take the adventure on yourself, if it weren't for your age. I thought certainly . . . " and again her voice trailed off.
"That I was long dead."
She shook her head in agreement.
"Well, let's just say that in my profession, one can age younger, so to speak. You know yourself that not everything on the inside appears as it is on the outside."
Indeed, she had learned the truth of that. She had met things within her own self that she did not know were there until they were called upon.
"How long has it been, Aga?" she asked warily.
"By my reckoning, Thursday next will be exactly forty-two years since your last great adventure began."
The way he said that troubled her. There was something in his voice that hinted it had only been her most recent adventure, but not her final one.
"Aga, what brings you back to me after so long?"
"Well," he began, stepping lightly up the path to stand before her. The geese followed behind him, nipping gently at his trailing cloak. "That all depends on whether you welcome what I bring with me into your life once again. Do you?"
The last time he had asked her something similar. She had said yes, and very soon afterwards, and for a long time after that, she had regretted her answer. Yet, in the end, all had worked out remarkably well. She was glad for what had happened, as frightening, strange and overwhelming as it had been.
"Aga, I am no longer young. I have about enough energy to tend my garden and look after my geese."
"Oh, I'm well aware of the limitations age lays upon us," he sighed with a great grin. His brown face wrinkled up like a shriveled apple and his chuckling shook his whole body. "But is that really all the strength you have? Are you sure there isn't a bit more than for weeding a garden and chasing vagrant geese?"
"That depends what it is," she answered quickly. This Aga was a tricky one, yet she was tickled with the game he was playing with her.
"You never married again, Galifalia." He said it so bluntly. It struck like an icy wind killing the blossom on the stalk.
She was silent for a moment. This touched a sensitive, painful scar. The old deep wounded sadness began to rise up in her heart and she paused a moment to push it back down before answering.
"I couldn't, not after . . . " but she was not able to continue.
"I understand," Aga said soothingly, laying a comforting hand on her shoulder. "I heard about it. Although I was far away, I heard all about it. I only wish I had been close enough to help."
"There was little you could have done, unless you know remedies against death." She glanced at Aga and grunted. "And perhaps you do. Anyway, for awhile, I blamed you that I lost him. After all, it was your adventure." She paused to see what the effect of her words on him would be. He stood there impassive, waiting for her to continue. "The more time I had to think about it, though, and I've had over thirty years to think about it, I realized that I would have likely never seen him again after the market place if it hadn't been for you. It was for his sake, not yours, that I continued in the adventure after I saw where it was leading."
"So you were able to forgive me?"
"I became thankful to you," she sighed.
"And so you never remarried."
"How could I? You knew him; it was you who brought us together."
"I knew him well, very well. And I depended on him. No one, not even I, expected you would play such a role. It was his skill and competence I was relying on. I had trained him myself, you know. You were there to fill out the company, to fulfill the prophecy. I tell you, my Lady, I never guessed the adventure to go the way it did. But then, adventures rarely do."
They both grew silent, lost in memories. For Galifalia, the memory of the man she had loved was so vivid that she expected him to walk up to the gate any moment and greet them. More than once, she had waited for that to happen, so powerfully did he live within her.
Aga shifted slightly whatever it was he was carrying beneath his cloak. This caught Galifalia's eye and she looked at him suspiciously.
"Aga, did you want to bring me another husband?" And she laughed at her own jest.
"No," he responded, not able to totally repress a smile. "Not a husband. I will not try and do that a second time. No, not that. But since in your grief you missed one of the great joys of life. I just thought you'd like a second chance."
Galifalia opened her eyes wide at the implications of Aga's words. Suddenly, she was certain she knew what Aga was carrying concealed underneath his cloak.
"You can't be serious," she shrieked and then began laughing. "Aga, what are you doing walking around the countryside with a babe on your arm? Do you have no better place to land this orphan than on my doorstep?"
Aga's face broadened into a big smile and his eyes sparkled.
"As a matter of fact," he said, "I don't know of any better place for this orphan of mine. And my circle of friends and acquaintances is great indeed. This is a special orphan, and I always insisted that you are a special woman, my Lady. The two of you would fit very well together."
"Aga, I'm an old woman," Galifalia protested.
"Can't be helped," Aga said. "If I were looking for youth, I'd go elsewhere. I'm looking for a home. I'm looking for a particular home. Are you interested?"
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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    It's not a supernatural story like I have been reading lately, b

    It's not a supernatural story like I have been reading lately, but this story jumped out at me. It just looked like one of those stories that I could read to my son at bedtime soon. We LOVE dragons in this house, hence naming our son Drake, and therefore I really want to have a collection of stories about dragons that he can be read/read himself later. The Mom's Choice Award said it was good for children and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award said that kids like it.

    My Opinion of the story? It took me a couple days to read it, mostly because I had a hectic weekend that left me so tired I couldn't concentrate on it. Overall though, I LOVED it. It was a wonderful story about a little boy who is being hidden away with a old lady that had changed the town where they lived by bringing a Luck Dragon home to stay. This boy is special, but no one knows why. Lady Galifalia, the one who brought the dragon and is now raised said boy, has the honor of being blessed by the dragon Star twice a year. She in turn has him bless the child in order for them to get used to each other's smell. When The Lady dies, the boy (yes he is without a real name for much of the story), is sent into poverty and learns to take care of himself on the streets. The only solution he can see to his miserable life is to prove to the guards that he can be a stable boy for the dragon. He takes on the nickname Straw since no one wants to call him Boy. He is strong, courageous, and determined. He becomes the only non-noble in the compound working with Star every day. He becomes The Dragon Boy.

    Scared of nothing and more hard working than any other person there. He shows loyalty to his job and his strict adherence to the rules. The only rules he ever breaks are the ones that Star insists he breaks for their mutual benefit. Star and Straw spend their days talking, bathing, and dueling. It turns out that Straw is the first in many many years to be able to talk to Star. Star is so happy that he decides to train Straw in the ways of the knight. Star has determined that Straw is meant to be a traveling knight whose destiny is to be better than any other knight alive. The only thing that will ever stop Straw will be a dragon, but even that is questionable since Star gives Straw the secret to taming dragons.

    The story ends with Straw riding away on his dragon steed (not a dragon but a horse that has no fear of dragons) to find adventure and to help the weak. His days of a wandering knight have started and where they will go will only be determined by reading Book Two. That review will be coming along shortly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2010

    read it or miss out on an adventure

    this is a perfect book for teens and young adults. Read it or miss out on tons of fun!

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Dragon Boy is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    awsome trilogy

    i want all the books the trilogy is the best ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    Gotta Read This Book

    This book was exciting from start to finish. I want to see it in the movies. I read it in three days and ran out and bought the second book. Dragon Boy is an awesome read.
    It was a story that you can connect to. Like a parable that can be applied to different circumstances in life. The lessons learned are never to give up, trust someone, press forward, and for sure, sometimes things get tougher before they get better. Your reward can be right aroung the corner if you don't give up.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    This is a Fabulous book for an 11 year old boy

    My 11 year old son had been looking for a new "series" of books. Harry Potter did not grab him - boring. My son would rather be doing something outside than read it. Then we found "The Dragon Boy". A friend said her it was her son's favorite series. I gave the two books to my son on December 5 and he has declared them his "FAVORITE" books! This is no small feat. He has actually sat and read a few pages to get his fix when my husband isn't home to read it to him. That's huge for a boy who is too busy to read - most of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Immersed in the story and can't wait for the next book!

    A boy of mysterious origin, who gets the opportunity to help take care of, and then become fast friends with, an immense and beautiful dragon---and in his coming of age, is trained to become a knight of future fame--what's not to like? Through it all, universal values of patience, devotion to ideal, respect, and steady and careful work, train a boy into a young man of character and skill, ready for adventures. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this one out loud to their children and students, young readers will love the dragon adventure, and I was immersed in the story from start to finish and can't wait for the next installment in the trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Even I liked It

    I should probably admit it at the outset that until a year or so ago, I never read this sort of book. No, my time was almost always spent reading academic tomes but Harry Potter, which I picked up on a lark got me hooked and Dragon Boy kept the momentum going. I have now finished book one of Donald Samson's Star Trilogy and found it fascinating. I just kept turning pages deeply caught up in this very well told tale of a boy who loves a very special dragon. Clearly written for a young adult audience, it nevertheless kept this aging boomer turning pages with a smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Noble truths - exciting read

    Once again I have discovered a children¿s author who speaks universal truths that can serve as a guide to help navigate this complex world. The Dragon Boy is a delight for young readers with strong role models, soulful images, and just enough action to make it spicy and adventuresome. For those of us who search for symbol and metaphor to meet those parts of ourselves that need taming, his book provides a model of how to nurture and attend to our inner worlds. I look forward to the sequels. Sage Hamilton Thirty-year teaching veteran in conventional, Waldorf, and alternative education.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    Dragon Boy - A Five Star Trilogy

    Dragon Boy, Book One of the Star Trilogy by Donald Sampson, is an exciting read for young (and older) adults. It's an engaging story about a Boy and his captivating Dragon, Star. Reminiscent of the Tolkien Trilogy, suspense builds as the Boy matures and sets off on a quest in a magical land. Dragon Boy is a quality literary tale that leaves the reader anxiously awaiting for the next book in the Trilogy! As a reading specialist and an educator, I highly recommend this book for school libraries and a great high interest book for summer reading. It's definitely a five star!

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