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About the Author

Raised in Los Angeles, Donald Samson spent the first twelve years of his adult life respectively in a Greek fishing village, a quaint German border town, and finally in the mountains of Switzerland. Upon returning to the States, he took up the art of teaching children. He was a Waldorf class teacher for 19 years. It was during this time that he developed his love for storytelling.He lives with his family along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: AWSNA Publications; 1st edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888365846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888365849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Samson grew up in the mega-urban environment of Los Angeles at a time when the smog was thick and the freeways were flinging their tentacles throughout the city. He knew there had to be more pleasant options, and after expanding his horizons through study at UC Santa Barbara, he set off for a dozen years of travel, living as an expat first in Greece, then for a long stretch in Germany, and finally landing in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. Upon returning to the States, he learned the art of teaching children, and was a Waldorf class teacher for nineteen years. It was during this time that he developed his love for storytelling. His first books owe their origin to stories he told to one of his classes. It was his students' persistent requests (badgering, really) to read the stories that led him to write them down.

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I hope that this book will attract a wide audience of all ages.
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One of the best adventure books my son and I have read in a while,we could hardly wait to read it nightly before bed.great story!
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My 11 year old son received "The Dragon Boy" for St. Nick day and has declared it his "FAVORITE" book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Schwartz on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Donald Samson's "Dragon Boy" speaks to the same general audience that made the Harry Potter books so successful; boys and girls at the cusp of puberty, longing for the security of childhood, but eager for the adventure and unpredictability of the next stage of their lives. Rowlings' books are written like the screenplays they were meant to become, and her characters have a cardboard, stereotype quality to them. Donald Samson's book is good literature, beautifully written, with a feeling for descriptive detail and a sense of speech rarely encountered in today's young adult book world. Samson's story marries the medieval and the modern -- just where and when is all this taking place -- and captures the consciousness of a young man who is at once dreamy and wide awake, naive and cunning, bullied and dauntless. Its truest antecedent might be Wagner's "Siegfried," although Samson's generosity of spirit extends far more sympathy to his dragon than does Wagner! I hope that this book will attract a wide audience of all ages.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Analyze & Educate on October 24, 2009
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I met the author, Donald Samson, while perusing through Barnes and Noble; he engaged me in quiet conversation. I decided I liked him, picked up his book, he offered to sign it and I brought it home to my boys. I did not have high expectations when I cracked open the book. Another dragon story? No, not just a dragon story. Mr. Samson fabuously reaches out to boys in a way that encourages their fancies to take flight on wings of tenacity, industry, strength, intellect, trust, courage, respect and of course, love. Love for the beauty that deserves the admiration, and for boys this age, it's not about girls! The sentence structure is appealing for reluctant readers as it flows as quick as the storyline. Every chapter has something worth reflection. Highly recommend it for newly independent readers on up!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on March 7, 2011
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A poetic, beautiful story with a protagonist that radiates integrity, loyalty, courage, and almost every other virtue one would hope their children would strive to imitate. This book is full of mystery and is our new family favorite... A True treasure. I stayed up all night reading ahead of my girls because I was dying to know myself what would become of The Dragon Boy. One day this book will be "A Classic" it is a timeless treasure... BUY IT!!! ages: 2nd grade on up. (This is the first book I have EVER bothered to review)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 26, 2008
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I just finished reading The Dragon Boy and thought that this book deserved a round of applause. Donald Samson put more than his heart into this book. This book was truly amazing and brought me to a fantastical world I have not been to in many years. The end however is by far what made me feel the way I do about this book. I thought the final two chapters were wonderful, inspiring, and heartwarming. It gave me a joyous feeling and I am very excited for the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Elligani on October 29, 2013
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I loved this book because I love dragons. I am a 6 year old boy and recommend this book to other kids my age
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carin on May 9, 2013
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i am henry and i am fourteen . when i got this book i went to barnes and nobel and the author was there selling his books signed. he was very nice. what he signed puzzled me. WE BE OF ONE HEART DONALD SAMPSON. i decided he was pretty cheesy and crazy. it turned out to be my favorite book series and i would stay up all night living in the book. when i finally got to the we be of one heart part i started lmao at how i though he was crazy. great story i can relate to boy straw and michael so much. i hope he writes more books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Carson on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
My son and I are reading this book and we look forward to each night. I always stop at some intense point and therefore I have to hid the book until the next night or else he would read ahead. When is the next one coming out? Let us fans know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Harris on March 29, 2011
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A boy with no name and no place to go is finally about to make his dream come true to work next to the kingdom's dragon, Star. The boy gets a name and begins to make friends and enemies. Soon the boy is given a great task to wash the dragon and learns many secrets and starts to get a few of his own. But when one of these secrets get out, the boy gets in trouble. What will happen to him now?'

The characters are interesting and I am curious as to what happens next. I wish Star had been a little more protective of the boy and understanding. Once in a while it seemed like he didn't care. But the book does make clear that Star is an animal so that might have something to do with it. I also wish the boy hadn't given in to his angry so easily or at least learned that sometimes it isn't right to return the favor. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dragons. It's clean, has a good storyline, and leaves you wondering what life has in store for the characters in the future.
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