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Sign of the Dove
     

Sign of the Dove

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by Susan Fletcher, Atheneum Book for Young Readers
 

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Lyf has always been pampered, ever since she caught vermilion fever and drank dragon's milk to cure it. The milk turned her eyes green — a sure sign that she could speak with dragons. But being able to communicate with dragons is not a coveted gift, not when the Queens' forces are killing the dragons for their hearts and imprisoning all who try to stop them.

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Lyf has always been pampered, ever since she caught vermilion fever and drank dragon's milk to cure it. The milk turned her eyes green — a sure sign that she could speak with dragons. But being able to communicate with dragons is not a coveted gift, not when the Queens' forces are killing the dragons for their hearts and imprisoning all who try to stop them.

Now the last of the dragon eggs are hatching, and the dragons and draclings are in greater danger than ever before. Thier safety lies with a few dragon friends who bear the sign of the dove, like Lyf. But in order to save the dragons, Lyf will have to leave behind her life as a pampered child and accept a treacherous journey — one she may not survive.

In this final chapter of The Dragon Chronicles, travel with Lyf to a land of wonder and magic, where dragons still live and where heroes are born.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Fans of Fletcher's Dragon's Milk (1989) and Flight of the Dragon Kyn (1993, both Atheneum) will welcome this return to Elythia, while new readers will be inspired to seek out other titles in the series. Once again, dragons are threatened by bounty hunters and a young girl must find a way to lead them to safety. The heroine this time is Lyf, Kaeldra's frail foster sister. Fletcher frames her tale with the comments of a sly harper, a device that adds humor and suspense to the telling as well as offers a glimpse of Lyf's fate after the adventures are over. The story itself is fast paced and features a multiplicity of characters and events. While characterization of minor players is sometimes tantalizingly brief, it's a measure of the author's skill that many readers would prefer to linger with her lively creations, especially the young dragons. Lyf's development from a cosseted child to a determined, self-reliant protector of those in need takes place gradually and believably, while her unique talent (an ability to enter the consciousness of birds) plays an important part in the tale's resolution. Youngsters will appreciate the fact that despite the presence of caring and helpful adults, it is Lyf, Kaeldra's young son Owyn, and other children who effect the ultimate deliverance of the threatened draclings. Given the perennial popularity of the subject matter and Fletcher's engagingly accessible style, this book should be popular in most libraries.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Sally Estes
Fletcher's fantasy follows the exploits of Lyf, whose life was saved by dragon's milk in "Dragon's Milk" (1989). Here, Lyf's older foster sister, Kaeldra, is in hiding while trying to save the few remaining dragon mothers and their recent hatchlings. Like Kaeldra, Lyf is threatened by the queen's forces, who are killing the dragons for their hearts. Sent to stay with Kaeldra and other family members, Lyf soon finds herself, after the group is betrayed, on her own, reluctantly in charge of Kaeldra's young son and a group of lively, engaging draclings. Eluding pursuers, sometimes barely, Lyf leads her charges in search of help from people who indicate their support of dragons through the sign of the dove on their houses and, along the hazardous way, learns she is courageous and self-sufficient. Once again, Fletcher, whose "Flight of the Dragon Kyn" (1993) is also part of the series, offers a stalwart heroine in a rousing story filled with well-realized dragon lore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689804601
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Fletcher is the acclaimed author of the Dragon Chronicles, composed of Dragon’s Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Sign of the Dove, and Ancient, Strange, and Lovely as well as the award-winning Alphabet of Dreams, Shadow Spinner, Walk Across the Sea, and Falcon in the Glass. Ms. Fletcher lives in Wilsonville, Oregon. Visit her at SusanFletcher.com.

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Sign of the Dove 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely captivating trilogy about dragons and those who wish to help them survive the tyranny of kings wishing to kill them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was fantastic at parts it left you hanging and i just kept wanting to read it forever and ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that it was the worst of the three and did not have enough character development and i think Susan Fletcher has done better. The only people i recommend this book to are the younger people that have a hard time understanding more complex plots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vivid desciptions and characters. A book sure to please of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great!I love all of the books by Susan Fletcher.She is a wonderful author and is very imaginable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book out of the series! I really enjoyed the plot and the intensity of the charicters! I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good dragon book, or anyone who should, which basically is everyone! LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan continues to amaze and enchant her readers with the 3rd book in the series. No-one should leave this book out of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is outstanding!!! I have read all three of The Dragon Chronicles and enjoyed each and every one of them. I recomend that you read all of them.