The Dragon Dreamer

The Dragon Dreamer

by J. S. Burke

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BN ID: 2940046258585
Publisher: Lind Press
Publication date: 04/23/2014
Series: Dragon Dreamer , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 173,581
File size: 2 MB

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The Dragon Dreamer 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anaya MacLeod 24 days ago
The Dragon Dreamer was a delightful story, a lovely book to read. Jenny has a way of making the creatures come to life. This book is a must for those who love dragons and wonder about the fabulous creatures that live in the seas. Action, Adventure, and Romance. What more could you ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arak is a dragon, but he's not like the other dragons. He has a gift that makes him different, and being different is never easy. Wanting to gain acceptance among the other dragons, he sets off on his own to try to help his people and ends up in trouble. Which is when he meets Scree and a beautiful friendship is born. Will these two exceptional individuals overcome all the challenges ahead and succeed in helping their people? You'll have to read to find out! I loved, loved, loved this story. I literally couldn't put it down and ended up reading through the night. It's not a terribly long book, but it's chocked full of important themes and thoughtful interactions between the characters. Virtues like tolerance, patience, cooperation, empathy, kindness, and open-mindedness are emphasized and celebrated. The characters solve problems by working together and using their differences to complement each other. And, as someone who revels in "exploring" new worlds, the world-building in this book is outstanding. The imagery used to paint a picture of two different worlds, one above the water and the other underneath, is breathtaking. I think this book is perfect for anyone from age 8 to 108 and I can't recommend it enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightfully imaginative book. The story revolves around a dragon on a quest and his friendship with an octopus. What a surprising combination. And even more surprising is, it works. Middle-school children will fine the story intriguing and exciting. Adults will read the deeper messages on tolerance, diversity and peace between species. Scree, our little octopus, is the guru of peace in this ocean of adventure and diversity. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story - an engaging and original concept The Dragon Dreamer by J. S. Burke is definitely NOT just another dragon story. As I began to read, I was confused about how a dragon and an octopus could become friends. By the end of the first chapter, I had taken the bait and was hooked. The storyline is creative and original, a fantasy tale with similarities to real life. The book is a beautiful story, a fun, whimsical read and a smart read all in one, not easy to accomplish. It is appropriate for all ages, including adults. Arak is a young dragon who feels different from the rest of his clan and is teased for his unique gift. Through an accident, Arak encounters Scree, a wise and open-minded octopus, and the healer for her pod. They learn to communicate with body and sign language and become friends, and soon clan and pod are interacting, trading goods, exchanging stories, learning about another culture, and building many more friendships. The pod, clan and individuals of each experience various issues. First, as mentioned, are Arak’s feelings about being different, and how he handles the teasing and bullying from other dragons. Second are the interactions between two very different cultures (“sky swimmers” vs. ocean dwellers) who learn that they aren’t so different at all. Additionally, Arak has begun to develop feelings for Zarina, someone he’s always been friends with but who is now a dragon-lady. I was pleased to see this in the book, as I feel that it is beneficial to be friends before growing a relationship. Each culture has their issues to contend with at home. The dragons suffer a severe health issue and Arak is desperate to find a solution. The octopi pod endure an attack which provides Scree with a unique opportunity to put her talents and personality to an all new, extremely dangerous, test. Other lovely themes grace the novel, but I don’t want to reveal all to other readers. The adventures are exciting and keep you turning the page. The book is very well written. The author is a marine biologist and includes actual characteristics of octopi and other creatures of the ocean. She creates wonderful attributes for the dragon clan that seem incredibly realistic. I hope there will be a sequel, because I would love to read more. I loved it. As I read I ran across several quotes that I particularly like. Most children I know age 8 and up could read it without any trouble, and certainly 10 and up. If a reader has any trouble with vocabulary, there is a glossary in the back, which also includes information about the sea life. If it is above the child’s reading level, it would be a wonderful book to read to your child. I also agree with other reviewers who suggest that this would make a great movie. It is a new and original concept with the opportunity to produce some beautiful imagery, scenery and action. Disney? DreamWorks? I hope you’re paying attention, because I would love to see this in the movie theater.
Melissa0003 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Burke has a wonderful and unique story. The characters are so creative and the world in which the dragons and octopi live in is vividly described. While this is a book written for the young, as an adult the book resonated with me. Meet Scree an ocean healer who comes upon Arak a hurt dragon on her journey to find healing supplies. The two come from vastly different worlds and yet they overcome their fear of one another and build a friendship. What a wonderful imaginative world Ms. Burke has created. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Everything worth doing starts with a dream," says Arak, one of the main characters in J.S. Burke's wonderfully imaginative novel, "The Dragon Dreamer."  On the surface, this is a fantasy book aimed at middle grade readers about a young dragon, Arak, who,  after crash landing on an ice floe, is nursed back to health by an octopus healer, Scree, and the friendship that develops between  them and their respective species.  But it is a story that can be read on multiple levels and by multiple ages. Although there are no mentions of humans in this book, the characters have human qualities, experience human emotions, and face human dilemmas that are easy to relate to.  Arak belongs to a race of dragons that is dependent on copper for health.  His clan is running dangerously low, leading to widespread illness, so he sets out (on his maiden flight, no less), to find the clan a new copper source.  Arak, who is young, inexperienced, but believes in something bigger than himself, makes an unlikely yet solid fantasy hero that readers can all root for.  He longs for recognition from his clan and the female dragon of his heart's desire but is scoffed at for his dreams.  Scree, the brave female octopus who has dedicated her life to helping others (whether they are from the same species or not) and Orm, her research scientist mate with the dry sense of humor, round out the cast of main characters.  The relationship that develops between dragons and octopi, with mutual trading of goods, information, and protection is reminiscent of how human groups form alliances.  It provides a wonderfully allegorical way of introducing diplomacy with those that are outwardly different in appearance (probably something certain political leaders could benefit from reviewing). Beneath the tale of friendship between members of different species, there are a number of other deeper themes operating below the surface: 1.) the dragons' constant and sometimes fruitless quest for copper to ensure their own survival, paralleling the neverending human search for energy, 2.) the difficulty that medical professionals face in achieving work-life balance, hinted at a number of times in the lives of Scree and Zarina (Arak's love interest), who make personal sacrifices that, at times, make them doubt their career choices, 3.) the importance of communication and mutual respect means of avoiding conflict, as evidenced by Scree's brave attempts to understand and bridge the gap with the feared giant squid, predators of octopi, 4.) the impact on an ecological system when one part is disturbed, as evidenced by the sudden aggression shown by the dragons' neighbors when their food supply dwindles, and 5.) the importance of not letting naysayers destroy one's dreams, as shown by Arak's quote above and his continual search for copper in spite of overwhelming odds. The author's love of the sea is apparent throughout the book, as the descriptions of undersea life are vivid and easily stoke the imagination.  Her love of chemistry is as well, as there are many bits that add depth to the book's world.  For example, since the dragons are so short on copper, they turn to turquoise rock (which has traces of copper) as a poor substitute.  There are also charming M.C. Escher-like line illustrations, generally in the shape of snowflakes made of repeating stylized versions of creatures from the book.   They are sprinkled throughout and complement the story nicely.  In addition, the author has a glossary at the end to help younger readers with the pronunciation and definition of some of the bigger words – all done using examples from the story, which is a nice touch.   All in all, this is an enchanting book that is not only a great adventure story but provides a nice way to begin talking about topics such as conflict between groups of people, the importance of understanding other cultures before passing judgment, and the importance of dreaming big and not giving up.  Given its depth, it could easily be read and enjoyed by a young adult population as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing what lies in store for Arak, Scree, and Orm in the future.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An authentic and moving friendship develops between a dragon and an octopus in this beautifully crafted tale for all ages. Arak the dragon is a dreamer and adventurer. Scree the curious octopus is a healer willing to rick it all to help those in need. My 10 year-old bookworm daughter (who is quite a discerning reader and not often lavish with her praise!) says, "The story's fabulous!" and I fully agree. This is a story to dive into, literally, because there's so much more to this tale than meets the eye. Author J. S. Burke brings the undersea world to dazzling life, using her background in marine biology to salt her world-building with just the right amount of authentic and fascinating detail. As someone who grew up beside the ocean I can attest to that! Further, she tells a gripping yarn. While the story at its surface level follows the unfolding of friendship and cooperation of a most unusual kind between two different species, there is tension well sustained throughout and wonderfully imaginative descriptions of octopus and dragon art forms and dance, accompanied by a flawless depth and growth of the main and supporting characters in the tale. The art of this tale for me, lies in how the author brings these disparate threads together while never allowing the narrative pace to slacken. Engrossing, uplifting and superbly crafted, this book is a keeper. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the title. Yes, there are dragons in this novel, but also Octopus and squid. If that hasn't captured your curiosity the I don't know what will. Beautifully descriptive, this is a sweet story which leaves a smile on your face. Really, this could be seen as a collection of fables with interweaving story lines as there are strong moral undercurrents to each chapter. The author has to be a marine biologist or zoologist or something. If not, then well done! I now know more about the ocean - particularly Octopus - then I ever thought I would. The information was mostly delivered in a way which didn't overpower the story. A couple of times I felt it fell more into the 'is more of interest to the author' category, than 'the reader needs to know this' category. But it was a minor issue overall. Another thing which struck me during reading was that I have no idea how to classify this book. Because of the friendly, vibrant storyline I would initially say nine years and over, but the level of description and information used in this book is perhaps a little much for this age group. And I don't think teenagers would gravitate towards this book. I recommend this book to adults as a lovely book for your children. Perhaps a good one to read to them at night.
ValerieLP More than 1 year ago
In this marvelous book, J. S. Burke creates a world so vivid we can taste colors, smell feelings, see music, and feel flavors. With her artistic use of imagery the words sing. And what a song ~ of friendship, love, grief, fear, anguish, hope, and, yes adventure. The story of Arak, a young dragon full of dreams and Scree, a philosophical octopus-healer, sounds unlikely. So did the story of a talking spider or a farm whose animal society represents a microcosm of our own. Yet CHARLOTTE'S WEB and ANIMAL FARM are two icons of 'children's literature' because their language speaks to both children and adults alike. I see this in THE DRAGON DREAMER. The characters and storyline are so well drawn we are hopelessly hooked in the very first chapter and held captive throughout the whole book. Dragons grow intricately patterned snowflakes, carve story-telling ice sculptures, and dance with the clouds. The octopi create living murals using tiny glowing sea creatures, build "tentacle artwork" from driftwood that stimulate all their senses, and they speak with colors. Burke throws these two unlikely societies together who find their way through adversity to a deep, abiding friendship/alliance. The beautiful metaphors, philosophy, and imagery evoke a style reminiscent of Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. This enchanting story also weaves in science, politics, and social awareness. I bought a copy for my granddaughter and one for my grandson, and I intend to read it again. Over and over. When the sequel comes out--I do hope we get to meet the mythical/legendary ice dragons--I will buy it as well. This is a world for anyone who wants a journey into fantasia while enjoying valuable life observations and science-based realism. I highly recommend it for all ages but parents beware! Your child WILL learn while having fun. On a personal note, I would like to add that this book came into my life during a particularly difficult crisis ~ it saved my sanity. I read for one magical hour each night and "flew the oceans" in my mind with Arak and Scree all the next day.
Mousiey More than 1 year ago
FRIENDS CAN OVER COME ANYTHING WORKING TOGETHER I rec'd an ARc of this book from the author J S Burke in exchange for an honest opinion. This is mousiey's and her nieces very honest opinion of the book. This is the first book which either one of us have read of this author. And found it to be very interesting and a fast paced book. The Dragon Dreamer is written for children ages of middle school. It tells the story about a Dragon who upon his first flight has an accident and relies on a healer from another sea creature to make him better. This tells the journey of 2 such animals an their friendship that they build together. How they each help each other over come issues and problems within there own families.  In a way - it helps teaches our children that we must all work together to over come all things. And that we can make friends outside of our race or breed of animal- ex-- cat and dog make friends an live together as one unit, forest animals all reside together and get along with each other. I recommend this book for children in middle school. Our rating for this very inspiring, interesting - moving and compelling story is a 30 out of 5 stars.  Ms Burke has a wonderful way of bringing her special characters to life and has an amazing imagination. Both myself and my lovely teenage niece are very honored to have been able to read her book.  Teenage look at book-- I am including these notes for my neice as she does not have anyway to comment on this book. From her prospective As a teenager - Esme has told me that she found this book to be very interesting. It is age appropriate for middle schoolers. She thought the author did a wonderful job in telling the story and bring her creatures to life. Esme and I both look forward to reading the next book from Ms Burke. So what are you waiting for?? FLY AN GET YOUR COPY TODAY!! 
NancyCL More than 1 year ago
Arak, a young dragon heading out for his first solo journey, encounters a terrible storm and finds himself stranded on the ice. Alone and seriously hurt, he wonders if he will ever make it home. He is embarrassed that if he does, he will be teased for messing up. He is shivering and suffering from a torn wing and injured leg when a strange creature approaches. Fearful, but unable to flee, Arak learns this being is an octopus named Scree, who is a healer. She tends to his wounds and feeds him, and they discover a way to communicate and become friends. Scree and her mate Orm care for Arak, and the dragon is mesmerized by their ability to alter their bodies to display colorful and whimsical images. The weather clears and Arak is healed enough to return home. The octopi pod and dragon clan become friends and help each other survive many dangers. Scree shows her lack of fear when a shark attacks near their pod, and she unflinchingly goes to the rescue. Though the two are opposites, Orm and Scree complement each other. The differences between the characters are vividly displayed, adding a mystical aspect to this delightful tale. The way the author describes the undersea world and portrays each character in a special light puts a human aspect to the story. The secrets of underwater creatures are exceptional and a joy for adults as well as kids. Each chapter commences with an illustration or enchanting drawing. Also, J.S. Burke includes a glossary giving descriptions of different and unusual terms used in the text. This story is not only a fantasy, but offers lessons in friendship and how each being is special in their own way.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
The author of this book is multi-talented. She is a marine biologist, teacher, chemist, artist and geologist. In this book targeted for middle grade students, she somehow manages to weave these disparate elements together in a well-written educational fantasy adventure. The story shifts between two groups: the golden dragons who are in danger because their life-giving copper supplies are running low, and the octopuses who live on undersea reefs. The main protagonists, Arak, the dragon, and Scree, the octopus healer, will be thrown together by a chance accident. They will work together first as trading partners and later as loyal friends. Each of them will lead their people to safety as they face extinction. Though they speak different languages, they learn to communicate. Burke does a masterful job of character development by uniquely combining the elements of caring, cooperation, romance and diversity. She successfully weaves together an intricate plot that celebrates diversity and intertwines ancient myths and legends with the scientific facts of marine biology. Readers are taken on an exciting page turning adventure in which you empathize with characters as they face each new obstacle. At the same time, almost without realizing it, you are learning about the food chain, volcanoes, sharks and giant squid. The glossary included at the end is a nice resource for the scientific background. Targeted for readers ages nine and older, the book has a wider appeal for young adult and even adult audiences. A book that entertains while providing an education is a welcome addition to any bookshelf. Highly recommended !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Dreamer is a deeply imaginative fantasy about the unlikely friendship between a dragon, Arak, and an octopus, Scree. Filled with tales of trance-minds, octopus skin pictures, undersea volcanoes, shark attacks and battles with giant squid, it offers plenty to feed and inspire young imaginations. As unlikely as Arak and Scree’s friendship may be, J.S. Burke succeeds at making it completely believable. Scree is a brave, adventurous healer with a caring, cautious mate, Orm. The contrast between these two octopi serves to deepen their characters. I really like Scree. She is smart, courageous and confident. When several dragons become severely ill from copper deficiency she simply says, “What would be would be. And then she’d fix it.” She meets Arak when she heals him after a terrible accident. Arak is a dreamy wanderer who is made fun of for going against the grain. He is filled with self doubt. “Dragons knew storms,” the narrator tells us. “They danced with storms! Yet he’d missed the signs, and this one almost killed him.” Young readers will be able to identify with this self-doubt, and with the crush Arak has on his love interest, Zarina, his fear of Karoon, the bully, and his longing to prove to the world what he is capable of. J.S. Burke’s prose is impeccable and has a rhythmic, lapping quality to it, much like the sea or the waving octopus arms she describes. Chapter names like “The Sea Boils” and “A Dangerous Game” heighten the suspense and make readers want to continue. The book also contains several intricate snowflake drawings which add to the mystery and beauty. Tweens who love the sea will enjoy the novel’s setting. J.S. Burke has worked as marine biologist and her knowledge and love of the mysteries of the ocean leap from the page. Fans of the Warrior Cats series will also enjoy this book. Happy reading, and “may you surf the tangled currents of the sea forever.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Dreamer is a terrific adventure with a very creative plot and great characters! It’s an unusual world with flying dragons and undersea beings. One thing I love is the intricate detail, which makes the book both fun to read and very educational. The description of the dragon cave is very beautiful: “The cave was formed by water moving through limestone, carrying some away and depositing other. It was a living work of art, growing slowly over thousands of years. Arak loved best the tall stone columns that splashed down from the ceiling, like eternally frozen waterfalls.” Another thing I love is that each chapter begins with an interesting image, whether it’s a delicate snowflake or scary deep-sea fish. My favorites are the beautiful and creative snowflakes that are carefully designed to enhance each chapter. There are snowflakes made of dragons, turtles, or even butterflies! I can’t even imagine how long those took to create! I like the many positive messages. Everything in our world is interconnected, and friendship can overcome any difference.
Maranda_Russell More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fantasy journey. The plot was good, filled with lots of action and excitement to keep things moving along, but my favorite things about the book were the characters and the author's gift for detail. To me, characters are what truly make a book engaging, regardless of the genre, and I immediately found myself invested in Arak and Scree. As the book went on, many other characters appeared but I think Arak and Scree remained my favorites throughout. I have always been fascinated by "healers" so that element about Scree appealed to me greatly. I found it kind of unique to have an octopus as a main character in a fantasy book about dragons, but I felt that it worked well. As for the detail, I mention that because the author truly has a gift for painting scenes with words. I love books where I can really picture what is going on in my head and for some reason, that definitely worked for me with this book. Even though this book is technically a middle grade fantasy, I think young adult and adult audiences would greatly enjoy the tale as well! PS...I really liked the glossary at the end of the book! I used it several times to look up more information about unfamiliar terms like quithra, thallium and tunica
AndrewCrossland More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Dreamer is a fast paced and exciting read for middle grade kids.   From the opening scene, I was hooked to find out what the fate of Arak was to be.   I was not disappointed!  The characters developed through the story beautifully and  kept me invested in the story which was full of twists and turns.  The characters explored  many real world themes such as embracing difference and cooperation.  I particularly  enjoyed the science/marine aspect of the book which gave a fresh and interesting aspect  to the novel.  As a UK primary school teacher, I will be reading this novel to my class of 10-11  year olds.  They will love it!