The Coming of the Dragon

The Coming of the Dragon

by Rebecca Barnhouse
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The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse

Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem Beowulf.

When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman living on a farm far removed from the king’s hall, to raise as she saw fit.

Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring on the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he comes to the hall each winter for weapons training. But somehow he never quite fits in. Many people still fear he will bring a curse on the kingdom. Then a terrible thing happens. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, someone awakens a dragon. It is time for Rune to find the warrior inside himself and prove to the doubters once and for all that he is a true hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375861734
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.62(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Barnhouse is the author of The Book of the Maidservant. She first read Beowulf in Old English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her doctorate, studying Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and medieval literature written in Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and other fascinating languages. She teaches and writes about medieval topics and about children’s literature set in the Middle Ages.

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The Coming of the Dragon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best I have ever read. I can not stop reading.
vwhis More than 1 year ago
I've just now finished The Coming of the Dragon and I wanted to let all know how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Barnhouse is, in my opinion based on this particular book, an outstanding author. This book has been directed to younger readers, but if you enjoy a really good story, I encourage you to give this book a chance. The cover doesn't do the written words of this story justice at all, so don't let it stop you from acquiring this book. I'm an avid fan of Tamora Pierce and this story echoes her books very closely. I'm a 64 year old lady who enjoys this genre in literature. I say again, it's just a really good story.
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Cassi Greco More than 1 year ago
you might not like it. if you think the king arthur stuff is cool buy it