Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider Series #1)

Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider Series #1)

by Cornelia Funke


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545316484
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Series: Dragon Rider Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 30,110
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cornelia Funke is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and the Inkheart trilogy, along with many other chapter and picture books for younger readers. She lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house filled with books.


Los Angeles, CA

Date of Birth:

December 10, 1958

Place of Birth:

Dorsten, Germany


University of Hamburg

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Dragon Rider 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 371 reviews.
Maurina More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 6 year old boy who is very sensitive. Both he and I thoroughly enjoyed the story! It was an absorbing story and enough going on to hold a 6 year olds attention. Yet it was not too scary. Nobody dies, or gets hurt. Not even the villain! Yet it is an adventurous story filled with all sorts of magical creatures. The characters are well developed. In addition to very strong imagery with many creative similes and metaphors,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This did start out a little slow, but by chapter 3, I found it hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites when I was a child. It is packed with humor, excitement, and so much adventure... if you are considering this book then it would be anhuge mistake if you decided not to purchase it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is an enthralling book that will force you to keep reading. I like the various character additions as the story proceeded. I especially enjoyed the way the author did not immediately introduce Ben, the protagonist. This made the story more intriguing. The story starts with a mouse scurrying around looking for the dragon cave. When she reaches the dragon cave, she alerts the dragons about Nettlebrand, ¿the golden one¿ who is planning to destroy the dragons. Firedrake, a young silver dragon, sets out to find the rim of heaven so he can save the other dragons from Nettlebrand. Firedrake goes to a different mouse¿s hut, to get a map and that is when he meets the protagonist, Ben. Then the book becomes a giant quest as Ben joins Firedrake in the search for the rim of heaven. Within this quest the characters must learn knew skills to dodge different obstacles thrown in their path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read when I get older and I have kids i will make them read this book it is just absolutely fabulous; it makes me euphoric!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommed this book to most everyone who is into fanatsy. It is a little slow in some parts but it is a well written and good book. It has over 500 pages so that is sure to keep you entertained for a while! The only thing I didn't like about the book is the character Sorrel. Sorrel is a strange creature and is known as a brownie. She is to human-like and very stuck-up in my point of veiw. Overall this book was very good and liked it. I hope there will be a sequal to this book because it kind of leaves you hanging at the end. Try it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 1/2 yr old daughter is fascinated by mythilogical creatures and just loved this story because there are so many featured in the adventure. She wants to be like Zubeida or Professor Greenbloom when she grows up. We read several chapters each night before bed and would talk about what was happening. She'd have so many great questions...I only wish we had Cornelia Funke here to answer them for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 16 year old brother adores this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, even my teacher liked this book, with it's action and storyline, without having a over dramatized romance, or being scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and i hope theres an second book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book for young teens
hera_the_gueen_god More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Its amazing. I especially love how it mixes in mythology with the real world and stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a good book.I am planning to read it over and over agian. It is a really good childrens book. Irecomend this book to 8 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book time and time again i love with out bounds in fact i just bought it on my nook (and im 23)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was very promising since i am ubsessed with dragons. Great job funke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will love this book until the day i die. She is an amazing author and has a very outstanding imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U should hold book on library instead but its haevy cause it is 450 pages long. Its worth it cause its free and comes quickly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I found at the library. It was a random choice and it is incredible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked at all of these reiviews and I got somthing like this… 165=GOOD REIVIEWS 14=BAD REIVIEWS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the hardcover for this book, so didnt buy the ebook. It was fairly well written, a good book for preteens waning a longer book. The only problem i had with it was the mentality throughout the book of how evio humanity is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book . this book is what encoraged me to read dragon books, and this is coming from an 8 year old but, it is for every age group it will not scare you. p.s.it has 523 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for children of all ages. Awsome!!!
corrylloyd on LibraryThing 1 days ago
¿Dragon Rider¿ by Cornelia Funke. Cornelia Funke creates a story of dragons and mystical creatures living in the modern world keeping their existence hidden from all humans until now.Firedrake is a young male dragon who lives high up in the mountains with many other dragons. The dragons have always hidden their existence from humans. The danger draws near and humans are on their way to the area where the dragons live. The dragons need to decide whether to stay and hide from the humans or find a new home. One of the oldest dragons suggests that the safest place to hide from humans would be the Rim of Heaven. The highest mountain range in the world has been talked about for generations. The problem with this is that no one really knows where to find the Rim of Heaven or if it truly exists. No other dragon has the courage to leave and try to find this mountain range, except for young firedrake. So it is decided, true or not Firedrake and his friend sorrel a brownie creature will venture out in hopes of finding the mountain called the Rim of Heaven. Firedrake and Sorrel will travels by the light of the moon. Along the way they make new friends, humans and interesting creatures. All of which are very helpful in this adventure to find the Rim of Heaven. Now the team of three, Firedrake, sorrel, and a young boy named Ben realize they are being followed by the dangerous golden dragon. The golden dragon has only one agenda and that is to destroy all dragons. Firedrake does not want to lead the golden dragon to the Rim of Heaven in case there are dragons living there. Firedrake needs to decide and quick to either pack it in and just go home, or continue on with the possibility of having to fight the golden dragon once and for all. Cornelia Funke weaves a wonderful tale of the adventure that a dragons, a mystical creature and a human boy have. The strength and courage gained from friendship is what helps to keep the story flowing along. The illustrations in this book are comical and perfect for the recommended age group of 9-12 years. The suspense in this story is weak but the characters are what will keep the reader going. Sorrel with her sharp and sour ways of saying what is on her mind, will keep the reader laughing and turning the pages.
imagrtdnlvr on LibraryThing 2 days ago
A group of dragons threatened by people invading and destroying their home. Firedrake (a young dragon) and Sorrel (a brownie) set out to find the Rim of Heaven by the direction of the eldest dragon, Slatebeard. The Rim of Heaven is suppose to be a place that dragons can live without being discovered. Along their journey they're discovered by Ben (a human boy) that helps them and joins them on their journey.I read a few chapters of this book to a fifth grade class to see if I could spark their interest in Cornelia Funke's books. I was surprised to see that I was able to keep the interest of the whole class by pausing to asks questions or have them give me a response. By the end of the hour of reading to them, several of the students were asking the teacher if this book was in their library. I also told them that one of the author's books was turned into a movie, Inkheart.For an extension, I would have the class do a compare/contrast between the book and modern day society. I would also have the students do a research project of the different kinds of dragons. I also think the students would enjoy a scavenger hunt of as many books they can find that involve dragons.
stieglitzcnewaccount on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Dragon Rider is a fun and exsiting book about a dragon called Firedrake who goes in search for a magical place, where all dragons can live peace away from humans, which are moving into their territory. Along with a brownie, and a young boy named Sam, Firedrake tries to find a way to get to the special place, without running into a dangerous enemy, who wants to eat and destory all exsiting dragons. I found this story to be very engrossing, as i read along with Firedrake's journey. Dragon Rider is a #1 New York Times Bestseller.