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The Dragon of Lonely Island Hardcover – October 7, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dragon of Lonely Island
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (October 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763604089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763604080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Drawing upon standard adventure-fantasy conventions?an isolated island, a secret room, a mysterious key?first-time novelist Rupp crafts a series of genial if not altogether original stories-within-a-story. Hannah (12), Zachary (10) and Sarah Emily (eight and a half) travel with their mystery-writing mother to Great-great-aunt Mehitabel's house on an island off the coast of Maine for a summer getaway. Their dashing old aunt isn't there, but the three discover an even more fantastic character?a tridrake (three-headed dragon) living hidden in a cave. Each of the three heads awakens to tell a story about a child that befriended it in the past. Their stories teach the siblings needed lessons: Hannah comes to accept the responsibilities that come with being eldest by hearing about the travails of underappreciated Mei-lan in ancient China; Zachary learns the value of sharing through the tale of a 19th-century London orphan captured by pirates; and meek Sarah Emily finds gumption after discovering that the once timid Hitty, who learns self-reliance after she, her brother and their father crash-land during an attempt to fly around the world, is in fact Mehitabel. None of the stories is particularly memorable (especially not Mei-lan's, which draws upon one too many hackneyed folktale stereotypes), and the narrative frame, which strives for a classic timelessness, can feel overly tame or quaint. A modest diversion for middle-grade fantasy fans. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Because their mother needs a quiet place to finish her novel, the three Davis children find themselves spending the summer in a Victorian house on a small island off the coast of Maine. A mysterious letter from their elderly Great Aunt Mehitabel, absentee owner of Lonely Island, helps the siblings discover Fafnyr Goldenwings, a three-headed dragon that sleeps deep inside a cave on Drake's Hill. It can be prickly and fussy, but takes pains not to frighten the children, assuring them at once that it is a vegetarian. Over the course of the summer, each head awakes in turn and tells a story about children that the dragon had helped. It drove away invading Mongols from a Chinese girl's village, saved an orphaned boy from the clutches of evil pirates, and rescued a brother and sister marooned on a desert island-but only after the siblings learned to think for themselves. The children learn that the sister in the last story was actually a young Aunt Mehitabel, who offered the dragon a sanctuary on Lonely Island. The Chinese story has the tone of European tales of exotic Cathay and the other two are reminiscent of earlier children's books, when adventures were more jolly than harrowing. This smoothly written confection may be a tad bland and predictable, but it goes down as easily as an entertaining, light read.
Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Rebecca Rupp has written nonfiction articles for many national magazines on topics ranging from the history of blue jeans to the science of ice cream. She is also the author of THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND, THE WATERSTONE, and several nonfiction books, both for children and adults. Of THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON, she says, 'I hope all of you enjoy the return of Fafnyr's cave - and hearing from Aunt Mehitabel again - as much as I have. Much as I love the three-headed dragon, I also love Aunt Mehitabel. I plan to be just like her when I turn eighty-five.' Rebecca Rupp lives in Vermont with her husband, three sons, three cats, and a tarantula named Immanuel Kant.

Customer Reviews

I am 8 years old and I loved this wonderful book .
Jessica Some
I enjoyed the story called Jamie, how he got away from the pirates and found the dragons cave full of gold.
Sam Heading
It will keep your child wanting to continue reading until the story is finished!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Williams on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hannah, Zachary, and little Sarah Emily have to spend the summer on their Aunt's island while their mother is writing a book. Aunt Mehitabel sends them a little old-fashioned, curlicued-handled key to unlock the Tower Room at the top of the house. They find a beautiful wooden box whose lid is really an intricate puzzle. Hidden inside is a special clue about the island.
Using the map, they find the tridrake, a three-headed dragon, in the cave at the top of Drake's Hill. Fafnyr Goldenwings has a special story to tell each of them, but they must promise to keep Fafnyr a secret.
A wonderful whiff of the magic of long, endless summers when there was time to dream and explore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This new book is written in that wonderfully timeless style that lets you believed you MUST have loved it as a child. Three children discover a three headed dragon when they vacation on a small island owned by their great aunt. The dragons heads each tell a tale in which other children learned - or taught - life lessons. The children in this tale, as well as those in the stories within it, develop special Friendships with this "Tri-Drake." Though there are morals to the tales (don't take what isn't yours; use your head; trust your own wisdom; help others when you can), you don't notice them as you read, and your kids will absorb them unwittingly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about about a three kids that go to thir aunt's castle and they go into the tower room and find a box that has a map and a dragon scale and they meet a dragon named Fafnyr Goldenwings and the dragon is three headed, each head tells a story to tell and each story has a lesson. Every single person that reads this review should get this book. It is wonderful, and enjoying, exciting and the best book that I ever read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maryam on March 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this book is quite interesting! This book is about a 3-headed dragon and the three kids who visit Lonely Island. The dragons are NOT in any way blood-sucking or in other words they don't feast on humans. The dragons tell tales to the 3 children and they each have a moral from which each child benefits off of. I have read a lot of books with dragons in them, from Harry Potter to Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher, but this is dragon life from a point of view that most people wish for dragons to be like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not a slow or dull page in this childen's adventure book about these 3 dragons in one! My 9yr old, reluctant to read fiction was so captivated, he read it three times in a row.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of Sarah Emily, Hannah, and Zachary and their adventures on Lonely Island where they meet the Tri-Drake who introduces them through stories to Mei-Lan, a girl in ancient china, Hitty and Will, a brother and sister whose plane crashes on a deserted island, and Jamie, the kitchen boy on an old pirate ship during the nineteenth century. It is a very wonderful book, but some of the descriptions are vague and written for a younger audience. I would reccomend this book for readers ages: 5-12.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was well-written.The 3 kids,Zach Sara Emily, and Hannah goes tho their aunts island, they explore a cave on that island whitch is near Drakes Hill. The fing a Drangon.3 headed to be exact.The dgagon,Fanfyer Goldenwings tell many stories,like Mei-lan and the dragon, and a little orphan boy who finds gold, and even a story about their aunt!!When they figure out what the secret is, they have to figure out what another secret is.In the tower room they find a box and they try to open it, but they can't.Finally they realize that it is a puzzule and when they open it, there are 2 things.A dragon scale and a map of lonley island.The when the have to leave, they don't want to.They want to never leave this place without Fanfyer.This book deserves 5 stars.
Sam
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is mainly about a group of kids that found a dragon and every time they went to see the dragon they got told a stroy. Well I thought thats somehow the writer should have put more action in. The plot was OK but kinda boring. But what happenes in the story is three stories and there is no main story line. I dunno just my opinion is that i don't really like it.
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