Bulldog Library

Dragon Rider

on May 11, 2013

YA F Funke    •    AR Reading Level: 4.9    •    AR Points: 16.0    •    Quiz #82162


The Valley of the Dragons is in danger!  The humans plan to flood the valley.  The dragons must find somewhere else to live, but is there anywhere on earth where there are no humans?  The oldest dragon in the valley remembers his first home, the Rim of Heaven.  It may be the last safe place on earth for the dragons, but no dragon alive remembers the way to the Rim of Heaven.  To save the dragons, Firedrake must go on a quest to find the Rim of Heaven.

Unfortunately, Firedrake is not the only one searching for the safe haven of the dragons.  Nettlebrand, the Golden One, has long sought the Rim of Heaven in order to hunt and kill the last living dragons.  Firedrake must find a way to the Rim of Heaven without leading Nettlebrand to dragons’ last safe haven.

Dragon Rider is a very long book and it is filled with many wonderful characters including: Ben, an orphan boy who becomes the dragon rider; Sorrel, a Scottish brownie; and Twigleg, a very clever homunculi.  It incorporates a very great many legendary creatures, including: dragons, dwarves, elves, fairies, a basalisk, and a roc bird.  Some of these creatures aid them in their mission and some oppose them.  Part of the excitement of this journey is figuring out who Firedrake, Sorrel, and Ben can trust. Readers looking for an engrossing fantasy novel filled with legendary creatures and magical adventures will thoroughly enjoy Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider. 

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Funke, C. (2004). Dragon Rider.  Anthea Bell (Translator).  New York, NY: The Chicken House.


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