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Dragondrums (Harper Hall Trilogy) Paperback – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689860064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689860065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926–November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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Needs kindle version please!!!
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Dragondrum by Anne McCaffrey, the third book in the trilogy of the Harper Hall, first Dragonsong, second Dragonsinger, is just as great as the first two.
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I found this book one in which I couldn't put down.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Smoker VINE VOICE on August 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy. The heroine of the two previous books, Menolly, now a confidant journeywoman, does appear and has some wonderful romantic moments, but it mainly revolves around her friend,the charming, young scamp Piemur. He believes his beautiful Soprano voice is his only asset to the Harper Hall. When his voice begins to break, he feels at a loss, but finds out that his ingenuity and intelligence are just as valued by the Masterharper Robinton as his youthful voice was. After a period of rough adjustment and a violent encounter with jealous rival apprentices, Piemur's other talents gain him a fire lizard and take him farther from the Hall than he ever dreamed--all the way to the mysterious Southern continent of Pern. This book allows the reader to glimpse at the hidden side of the Hall. Teaching and entertaining are not the only tunes a Harper can play in Pern!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
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I can truly call Dragondrums my favourite book that I've read so far in my life. It was poignant, realistic (although it's a sf/fantasy story set on a different world far into the future) and eloquent book, and by far the best of Ms. McCaffery's books. I've read nearly all of her Pern books, and love them all, but this one tops them all. Her choice in words has always seemed to me to be outstanding and aboslutely perfect, and her characters are five demensional. I stayed up until 5:30 AM reading this book the first night I got it. I've read it three times since getting it a couple of days ago, and the only problem I find with it is that it's not longer. If only there were more of it! I disliked Piemur when I first read 'The White Dragon,' but after reading this and Dragonsinger, he became easily my favourite character on Pern, topping Sebell, Menolly, Lessa, and even (though it's hard to believe) Master Robinton - no, I take that back. Nothing can top Master Robinton, although this comes close. I give this book one hundered stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James C. Howell on March 25, 2000
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I began my obsessive reading of my McCaffrey books with Dragonsong, then plowed my way through the rest of the Harper Hall trilogy. At first I was a little apprehensive when I heard it wasn't about Menolly, but when I found that Piemur was the main charcter, I knew i HAD to read it! This book is so well written and absolutely wonderful for McCaffrey fans. My emotions ran high with the book; when Piemur lost his voice, I was sad with him; when he took off with Lord Meron's gold fire lizard egg, I was dancing in glee and laughing at Meron's rage; and I could feel Piemur's terror when he saw the ominous cloud of Thread descending upon him in the Southern Continent. This is an excellent work, YOU MUST READ THIS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
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The concluding book of the trilogy fooled me at first. My sister that introduced me into Anne McCaffrey said this is mostly about Piemur and not a lot about Menolly, I thought they would only mention her name once or twice. Boy, was I wrong! It turned out to be my second favorite. I was glad Menolly became most confident. Did I mention I was also cool with the thing between her and Sebell? Menolly doesn't realize it a first, but she finds out Sebell is totally head over heels in love with her.
If you like Anne McCaffrey, you may like Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time books and Robin McKinley's Deerskin, Beauty a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on May 23, 2003
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Piemur is arguably one of the best singers in Harper Hall. He is eagerly anticipating his performance singing the role of Lessa in a new piece that Master Dominic has commissioned, when his voice starts to change. If Piemur can no longer sing, what role can he play at the Harper Hall? He has no patience for scribing, no skill for creating instruments and he doesn't compose, all he does is sing. Luckily, the Masterharper has a special job just for him. He is to become one of the Drummaster's apprentices and learn the drumbeats that deliver messages over the continent of Pern. Unfortunately, he is not well received in the drummer's tower and barely escapes lasting harm when his fellow apprentices play some nasty pranks on him. But the Masterharper is not done with Piemur yet and quickly sends him out with Sebell to do some unobtrusive information gathering at Lord Meron's hold. Piemur is excited to be of help, but his natural curiosity gets the better of him and he finds some fire lizard eggs. Ever since he started helping Menolly feed her fair, he has desperately wanted a fire lizard egg of his own, a queen, naturally. He cannot resist the temptation and steals one of the eggs. When it is noticed, Piemur is forced into hiding and finds himself on the largely uninhabited Southern Continent. Unsure of who is friend and who is foe, Piemur sets off to make a home for himself and to forge a new life with his fire lizard, Farli, his runnerbeast, Stupid, and his own quick wits to aid him.
Dragondrums tells the tale of Piemur, one of the first harpers to befriend Menolly (Dragonsong & Dragonsinger) when she came to Harper Hall. He was a rascal in those books, but a very loveable character.
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