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The Dragonslayers

The Dragonslayers

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by Bruce Coville, Katherine Coville (Illustrator), Patricia MacDonald (Editor)

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To get revenge on King Mildred, Grizelda creates the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen. He is such a terror that he must be killed. Now if only the dragonslayers could stop arguing long enough to face the greatest battle of all!


To get revenge on King Mildred, Grizelda creates the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen. He is such a terror that he must be killed. Now if only the dragonslayers could stop arguing long enough to face the greatest battle of all!

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Fourteen-year-old Princess Wilhelmina, the ``most willful person anyone in the kingdom had ever met,'' wants to kill a dragon herself, more to prevent the indignity of being married off to a dragonslayer than to save the kingdom. Predicated on a rather gruesome grudge (the witch Grizelda has lost her husband and son to the king's war and creates a dragon to murder the king's child), the story builds to the confrontation between the beast and two sets of slayers: an elderly squire and his page, and a disguised Willie and her talking bear. The adventure is confused by some mysterious family ties, spirits of the forest, a remorseful witch, and repentant royalty. Some of the dialogue is pretty sharp-tongued, but occasionally it is downright mystical. Young readers will enjoy the intrigue, laugh at the banter between Willie and her sexist companions, and accept the weird conflation that brings everyone together. For those who are familiar with Patricia Wrede's masterly ``Enchanted Forest Chronicles'' (Harcourt), Coville's title may seem like a sort of lead-in for preteens. Like Wrede's books, The Dragonslayers is at its best when the feisty heroine is demolishing the proper princess role. The pencil drawings (one per chapter) are sufficiently dragonly and the cover is terrific.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX

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7.72(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.35(d)
680L (what's this?)
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.

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Dragonslayers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ROOAARR! Have you ever seen an evil witch make a dragon? In this book a witch did and it¿s destroying the village. The knights are too afraid to slay it so it¿s up to one girl, two boys, and King Mildred. Can they save the village? I thought this book was surprising, scary, and adventurous. I recommend this book to people who like dragons. Here are some other by Bruce Coville: My Teacher Glows in the Dark, The Skull of truth, The Monster Ring, and The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Dragonslayer's when I was young and loved it of course. But the most memorable thing about the book was the characters. Princess Willie was like one of my role models especially her line 'If a boy can do it so can a girl!' I recommend it to anyone just looking for a quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i remember reading this book when i was younger i still have it. i read it over and over it was soooo good.i would recomend this book to any young reader intereasted in fantasy or dragons or medeival stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book nevers gets old. 1,2,3,or4th time you read it. Coville is a great author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanna say that this is one of my favorite books!!!! Though not the best book ever, it is really good! if your are into dragons and like a good science-fiction story read this!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The DragonSlayers This book is mostly about Grizelda want's to get revenge on King milldred. She makes the firescape dragon has ever seen. But all the nights are afarde to battle the dragon.so a young pageboy, and the most bravest priness go after the dragon. The only qustion is can they sotp arguing long enough to face the gratest battle of all history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is a great book for fifth graders! I'll tell you its The Dragonslyers, and it has to do with medieval times. I think The dragonslayers by Bruce Coville is an excellant novel for anybody that's into dragon books or action stories. I think this is the best for action moments and brief comemdy scences. It is also an easy to read book!