by Robin Mckinley
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Dragonhaven by Robin Mckinley

Dragons are extinct in the wild, but the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park is home to about two hundred of the world’s remaining creatures. Until Jake discovers a dying dragon that has given birth—and one of the babies is still alive.

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ISBN-13: 9781440696008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 81,271
File size: 762 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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Dragonhaven 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
A Robin McKinley book. It's got the word "dragon" in the title. And it's narrated by a boy. As I'm constantly telling long-suffering family members (anyone who will listen, really), with McKinley you never know what you're gonna get. I mean, yeah, she's known for her fairy tale retellings. And her fantasy stories about girls who kick butt. Oh, and that one vampire book about the baker. But just when you think you know what to expect, she writes a contemporary only sorta fantasy about a boy who grows up in a national park inhabited by dragons nobody's ever seen but who are nonetheless there. Jake finds this out firsthand when he stumbles across a dying dragon and her litter of dragon kits. Without thinking about it twice, he stuffs one of the babies inside his shirt and heads for the hills. Thus the adventure begins. Jake's wandering, frantic, self-deprecating narration was right up my alley. I loved it. I loved that she gave her all to get inside a fifteen-year-old boy's head, threw in a few dragons, a heckuva lot of governmental red tape, and decided to see where it took her. Also, such a great last line. Bottom line: Sequels or no, Damar or no, I am up for anything you are, Ms. McKinley.
LWH78 More than 1 year ago
McKinley can't tell a bad story if she tried. Her writing craft is well proven. In this novel, She experiments with the technical side of how to tell the story, because the technique itself supports the story, which is a memoir told from the experience of a really warped and young human being. The result is not "smooth, polished story telling" because the narrator is not polished. He tells it as it developed, in order to make his audience understand why he felt what he felt, thought what he thought, made the mistakes that he made, and did what he did. The result has a number of "clunky" places that are completely in character with the narrator and not in character with the smooth story-telling craft of McKinley. This technique either works for you (as reader) or it doesn't. I found on the re-read that I spent a lot more time grokking those chunks, and getting a much deeper understanding of the narrator, than I did on the first time through when I was primarily interested in the adventure of the story. But I am not her usual "young adult" audience either. As a classic coming of age story, it is extremely well written, and should be read on more than one level. I think that her youngest readers will find themselves getting something different out of the story as they come back to it again, later in life, when their own life experience gives them a different and deeper perspective on the nature of parenthood.
vwhis More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy reading this. It's a nice easy read for a cold winter evening. I have to admit that The Blue Sword was much better dispite the terrible book cover. I would reccomend that you read The Blue Sword first.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
For his entire life, Jacob Mendoza has lived in Smokehill National Park, one of the last and largest wildlife preserves for Draco australiensis in the world. His father, who heads the Institute dedicated to the study of the endangered dragons, has kept a tight leash on him since Jacob's mother died while on sabbatical a few years ago. Finally, though, Jacob's father has agreed to let him finally go on his first solo overnight stay deep in the park.

Although not as excited as he probably would have been about it before his mother's death, Jacob hikes out on his own, determined to cover some good ground before he has to meet up with the head Ranger the following morning. However, his plans for doing so are cut short when he comes across a horrific site.

A wounded mother dragon who has just given birth lies next to the remains of the poacher who presumably attacked her. Jacob creeps up to the massive creature and finds himself drowning in her eyes before she dies, leaving him with strange sensations of anger, despair, and hope swirling inside him. Stunned and crying, he begins to stumble away, passing by her babies who are now scattered on the ground...and he notices that one is still alive.

Instinct takes over, and Jacob now finds himself a surrogate mother for a creature that nobody knows how to raise. What's worse is that, now that a dragon has killed a human, all of Smokehill may be gravely in danger, for, not only is it against the law to kill a dragon, but it is also against the law to save one's life.

Although I enjoyed watching the bonding of Jacob and his foundling, and the descriptions of some of these otherworldly sensations impressed me, I found this book very difficult to read. Jacob as narrator tends to ramble a lot, and he "speaks" in an extremely informal manner. However, some readers may find this style more appealing and easier to understand than traditional narration. The idea of a dragon preserve is nevertheless an appealing one, and I think that any fans of dragons may find this story fascinating if for that reason only.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Didnt even finish couldnt get through. Well written but needs to move way faster!!!!!!!!good author but again move faster please!!!
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Dont get boring boring boring, it doesnt make any sense im really disapointed in this book HATE IT
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DaniBookWorm93 More than 1 year ago
It was a bit hard to read. Most of the time i get sucked into a book and read for hours but with this one every so often id have to stop or reread things. It was still a very good book and i would read it again.
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This book called dragon haven is a spectacular book It is about a kid named Jake and he lives in a place called Smoke Hill he finds a baby dragon whos mom had been killed by a poacher can he get his dragon safe and back into the wild or will someone find out he has it and kill it too?
tgr45 More than 1 year ago
New twist to dragon lore. Enjoyed it immmensely
Erosbooks More than 1 year ago
Very charming book! I enjoyed reading it and would have loved for there to be a sequel.
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