Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Story of Owen

YALSA 2015 Reading Challenge - Book 1

A snow day is a cherished opportunity to catch up on some reading - and finally start some of this year's books!

From the Morris list, The Story of Owen: Dragon slayer of Trondheim by e.k. Johnston is a clever, humorous, and heart-warming account of a young high school dragon slayer living in rural Ontario as told by his new friend and bard, Siobhan.  Owen and Siobhan soon realize the number of dragon attacks in their little town has been increasing and work to discern the reason for this shift.  Ultimately, they must decide if it is worth risking everything to stop the dragons from taking over.  Rich in detail, Johnston's writing is filled with snippets of history and references to pop cultural events re-told with the presence of dragons. There are also undertones warning of the real dangers of environmental changes.  Great as a stand alone book or ripe for a sequel, this fun book was a great read!

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