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Dragon Spear Hardcover – May 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781599903699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903699
  • ASIN: 1599903695
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In this follow-up to Dragon Slippers (2007) and Dragon Flight (2008), seamstress Creel is preparing for her wedding to Prince Luka, surrounded by beloved dragon friends, when Velika, a dragon queen, is kidnapped. All nuptial plans are postponed as the couple searches for Velika, whose pregnancy heightens the urgency of the rescue. As in the previous series titles, George creates richly satisfying fantasy realms, from opulent palaces to forest lairs, while the tender romances, genuine friendships, rapid dialogue, and thrilling adventures will continue to delight readers. Newcomers will find some background explanations, but this is best for series fans. Grades 6-9. --Gillian Engberg

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Praise for Dragonskin Slippers: An action packed, unputdownable story, with a clever mixture of adventure, humour, and really touching moments Primary Times Praise for Dragon Flight: Fans of the first book will find the same strengths here: the imaginatively detailed scenes; the thrilling, spell-fueled action; the possibility of romance with a prince; and the appealing, brave heroine Booklist George endows each of the characters, human or dragon, with a unique personality, and although their tale is set in a distant, mythical past, these characters speak and act with a modern sensibility that makes them accessible to young readers. Action, danger, pathos and romance - this fantasy has it all Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

It's all about the books. Friends, family, school, "real jobs", they were just obstacles to be tackled so that I could return to my true love: books. All I have ever wanted in this world is to read and write books. My criteria for choosing a purse is that it must be able to fit a paperback book inside. I took books on my honeymoon, and bought more while we were there. I picked my major because it looked like I would get to read a lot of books, and also I thought it would provide me with interesting background information for my own books (which it did), so I now have a BA in Humanities -Comparative Literature with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. From the time I was twelve on up, I told people that I wanted to be a writer. When they said, "So, you'll teach and then maybe try to write a book?" I would just shake my head. No, I was a writer, and that was all I wanted to do. Over the years I have lived in Idaho, New Jersey, Delaware, and now Utah, because it doesn't matter. I can read and write anywhere. I've worked at a wedding invitation factory (Bet you didn't know they made them in big scary factories, did you?), at a video store (back at the birth of DVD), at libraries and bookstores, and even been an office lady at a school while I waited to get published. I knew that I would be published eventually, because . . . well, I just had to be.

Now, don't get me wrong, I have other interests. I took eight years of German, four of Norwegian, and even studied Old Norse so that I could read the great Viking sagas in the original language. I knit like a maniac: hats, scarves, sweaters, dog sweaters, socks, felted purses, you name it. I play the piano and viola, love to travel and to watch movies. I have a husband and three kids and a dog . . .

But mostly, it's about the books.

Visit Jessica at http://www.JessicaDayGeorge.com

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This is the third book in a series of three.
K. Johnson
You should definitely read this book and this series if you like fantasy, adventure, dragons and a little bit of romance.
Mattie Melnyk
I read the whole series and couldn't put down my book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Smith on May 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the third installment of Jessica Day George's dragon series, Creel and her prince charming, Luka, visit the dragons' Far Island home just in time to witness the abduction of Queen Velika. They set off to help Shardas and a handful of dragons rescue the queen from a band of strange dragons with evil intentions. To make matters worse, when they find her, she is about to lay a clutch of eggs, and can't be moved.

Dragon Spear is an exciting adventure with a plot that kept me guessing and delighted with every new development. I loved visiting the dragons' new home along with Creel, and was so immersed in the story I could smell the smoke and feel the heat of Velika's volcanic prison. A satisfying ending that brought tears to my eyes topped off a thoroughly delightful read. A must-read for fantasy adventure lovers of all ages!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Richards on May 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I remember when I found out that there was going to be a third book in this series. I had just gotten Princess of the Midnight Ball (all of Jessica's books are great) and the page fell open to the "other books by this author" page. I scoffed, of course I had all of th- OHMYGOD THERE'S A THIRD ONE COMING OUT!

This finale was the grandest of grand. I laughed (as I always do with Creel and Luka) and cried (as always do at the end of a good series) and I shouted out loud as I cheered their exploits.

Creel and Luka are finally getting married! But the King ain't makin' it easy. To take up some time, and relieve some tension, Creel and Luka decide to visit their Dragon friends. But they aren't there long when Disaster strikes!

I would suggest these books to anyone who has read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the Chrestomanci Chronicles, or Howl's Moving Castle trilogy. Creel and Luka are characters, and although I was sad to see them go, it was done in a way that left me utterly satisfied.

Thank you Jessica
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've loved the previous books in the Dragon Slippers series and I was counting down the days for the final installment, "Dragon Spear" to be released. I rushed out to purchase it and read it that night. I have to say, I loved it.
I enjoyed reading about my favorite characters all over again, getting to know some other characters a little better, and visiting the island the dragons had settled. The writing was descriptive, interesting, and well thought out. It was purely a fun, enjoyable read.
One thing that I really loved about the series was that Jessica Day George stayed true to her characters from the first book to the very last. Although there were twists and turns in the final story, I felt that Creel's character was always consistent. I've never felt confused by her choices or her voice, even if I didn't always love everything about her personality. Because of this, I liked reading about Creel and I trusted Mrs. George's writing. Also, I loved reading an ending to a series that not only left me satisfied, but also ended on a good note.
Thank you, Mrs. George, for another wonderful book to enjoy again and again, and for a series that I can share with my children. Although I'm sad to see the series end, I'll be looking forward to your next book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather Moore on June 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dragon Spear is a delightful third installment of the Dragon Slippers series. In book three, Creel and Luka go on a mission together to the new colony of dragons--the Far Isles. If you've read the other books in the series, you'll know that Creel has a special relationship with the dragons. And although the creatures aren't welcome everywhere and reasonably feared by most humans, Creel has managed to become their closest friend.

Yet, when the queen of the dragons is abducted by a warring dragon faction, Creel heads after them. In the wake of her adventures to free the queen dragon and her collection of newly hatched eggs, Creel must sacrifice something most precious and dear.

Young readers will find this series light-hearted and endearing, as well as older readers like me. Other books by Jessica Day George include: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and Princess of the Midnight Ball.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. McNamee on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The 3rd book in the "Dragon" series by Jessica Day George; it's a fun, easy read.

Creel heads out to the Far Isles to visit her friends Shardas & Velika (King and Queen of the Dragons). There's a lot more adventure in store for Creel than she had planned - or intended, as she tries to make preparations for her own wedding to her true love Prince Luka, reunites with her brother Hagen and saves her beloved dragon friends from some rebels.

I loved it. I'm secretly hoping Jessica Day George will write a 4th installment...but she wrapped up the loose ends. Definitely worth reading - and recommending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenya Starflight on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
In "Dragon Slippers," young seamstress Creel befriended the King of the Dragons and saved her homeland of Feravel from a plot against the throne. In "Dragon Flight," she not only saved Feravel from invasion again but brokered a treaty between humankind and dragonkind. With such worthy accomplishments under our heroine's belt, what else remained for her to do in a third book that wouldn't rehash the same old plot and still be fresh and entertaining for the reader?

"Dragon Spear" answers that question -- by having Creel and her friends (Marta, Tobin, fiance Luka, brother Hagen, and various dragon friends old and new) save dragonkind. And once again Jessica Day George delivers an exciting fantasy romp that will delight old and young readers alike.

Exiled from Feravel, the dragons now call the tropical Far Isles their home. Creel has come to visit them, and she looks forward to both her upcoming wedding to Prince Luka and the laying of Queen Velika's eggs. But trouble rears its head when the native dragons abduct the queen, claiming they are the chosen people and they "need her." Creel, her friends, and the Dragon King Shardas must now race against time to rescue the Queen before she lays her eggs, and prevent the pride and arrogance of the native dragons from bringing harm to Velika, her unborn children, and dragonkind itself.

Creel is rapidly becoming one of my favorite fantasy heroines, second only to Cimorne of the "Enchanted Forest Chronicles." She is brave, resourceful, and compassionate, caring deeply not only for her friends and family, but for others she encounters on her way. She also relies on her own brains and skills to solve problems, rather than constantly falling back on magic or a boyfriend to save her.
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