Dragonfly Song

By: Wendy Orr

Lyrically written and refreshingly unpredictable, Dragonfly Song suggests a fascinating origin for the legend of the Minotaur and his dark tribute.

ISBN: 9781772780376

JLG Release: Jan 2018


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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Nix and Williams twist the standard “quest set in a medieval-like European-ish magical world” formula by adding a talking sword and a culture of gender parity. While the talking sword, whose dialogue is rendered in a fancy faux-illuminated font, plays the comic foil (pun intended), it’s the female knights that makes this otherwise Nix and Williams twist the standard “quest set in a medieval-like European-ish magical world” formula by adding a talking sword and a culture of gender parity. While the talking sword, whose dialogue is rendered in a fancy faux-illuminated font, plays the comic foil (pun intended), it’s the female knights that makes this otherwise average adventure stand out. The two protagonists, Odo and Eleanor, a boy and a girl, are merited equal verbiage and heroism throughout. Eleanor wants to be a knight like her mother was. Overall, predictability reigns, as there be dragons, dwarf/elf-like silver-blooded “urthkins,” magic stones, wattle-and-daub villages populated with peasants, a wise blind old lady, a creepy forest, and plenty of swordplay. Nix and Williams keep the action going with a good balance between introspection and adventure. Happily, they utterly avoid the cliche of romantic feelings between the two friends. The ending leaves ample room for a sequel. VERDICT This otherwise typical middle grade quest adventure is light, accessible, and, refreshingly, challenges the gender norms of the genre. Lovers of classic fantasy should enjoy this.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

Book Details

ISBN

9781772780376

First Release

January 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

408

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.6; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 1020L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Pajama Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Bullying

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