Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

Book - 2004
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After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic, 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780439456951
Branch Call Number: J FU
Characteristics: 523 p. : ill., col. map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea


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Dec 03, 2020

This is a great book! Not gonna lie, I found most of the book boring... but the ending really made me smile! Books with endings that make me smile aren't common, so yes, I'm still going to read The Griffin's Feather and hope that it peaks my interest more. That's all I have to say!

DBRL_ChrissJ Sep 04, 2020

When the dragons' land is encroached on by humans, they hear of an ancient land of dragons. A young boy named Ben, a cat and the dragons embark on a journey to find the dragon homelands. If you like audio books, Brendan Fraser does an excellent job narrating the first book.

Feb 11, 2020

Read by Brendan Fraser this story provides entertainment for the whole family.

Nov 14, 2019

1 B 8 - 12 years : 432 pages

Nov 06, 2018

This is a very good children's book with a phenomenal storyboard and plot!
If you like stories that are adventurous and mysteries, I would recommend this book to you!
I also suggest the maximum age is about 11-12

Sep 28, 2018

This is a well-written adventure! My 8-year-old and I never wanted to get out of the car while the book was playing... Brendan Fraser does an amazing job narrating! We highly recommend.

ArapahoeLauren Jan 10, 2018

Suspense, excitement, hope... this great dragon narrative stands alone as a great read, even though it's in a wonderful series. I highly encourage you to listen to the book, narrated by Brendan Fraser!

Feb 05, 2017

Loved this book. Great characters, good story. I'd love a sequel, perhaps about the wizard who created the Golden One. My only criticism: It shouldn't have been called Dragon Rider.

May 12, 2016

Dragon Rider is a slow pace yet rewarding adventure filled with mythological creatures of all kinds and a story which will make you want to continue. That's the basic premises of this story, while at time the pace of the book slows dramatically, these lulls in adventure always provide the older readers important information and make great points to stop when reading to a younger audience. However, the book is always quick to pick back up with our adventures heading forward to complete their goal. Now, while some may feel this book is meant for a younger audience I’ve found that it’s never lost its appeal to me and i still read it from time to time. Overall, it's a wonderful book which anyone can enjoy for it’s mystery and adventure will keep you wanting more.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 15, 2015

The story came to life with Brendan Fraser as the narrator. Kids and I were totally enthralled. AMAZING! It was like finding gold! We are looking forward to Inkspell also by Cornelia Funke and read by Brendan Fraser.

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Jun 13, 2015

The main characters are Ben Sorel and Firedrake.The main event was to destroy the Golden Dragon.The story took place all over the world.The problem was solved by Firedrake breathing fire all over him.

Nov 05, 2011

Gr 4-6-Cornelia Funke's novel (Scholastic/The Chicken House, 2004) about Firedrake, a young silver dragon who has lived peacefully in an isolated Scottish valley with other dragons and assorted fabulous creatures for many years is a charming fantasy and a listening delight. When the dragons discover that humans plan to take over their valley, Firedrake and a feisty, headstrong brownie named Sorrel set out to find the Rim of Heaven, the legendary home of silver dragons, rumored to be in the Himalayan Mountains. The two are soon joined by Ben, an orphan, who helps the pair obtain a map to the area and escape the perils of the city. The quest to find the ancient homeland is soon complicated by the realization that Nettlebrand, an evil artificial golden dragon whose sole purpose in life is to hunt silver dragons, is following their every move. A cast of sympathetic humans and fabulous creatures, elves, sea serpents, and a djinni help and sidetrack Firedrake in his journey. The urgency of the mission is carefully conveyed through Brendan Fraser's expert pacing and timing. His boyish charm and irresistible enthusiasm gives each character a distinct voice and personality. The quick humor and intellect of the characters is handled deftly by Fraser. Listeners will be carried along by the narrator's excitement.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC


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