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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375846344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375846342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–In this medieval tale, pint-size Thomas, 12, finds that he has been elevated from squire to knight against all odds. To put it simply, he's too young, tiny, and inexperienced for such an important position. He can't even hold a proper sword. Yet the king has requested that he liberate the princess from the clutches of the feared dragon queen: all the big knights are off battling the enemy. Thomas sets off on old Bartholomew the donkey because he's too short for a horse. He learns that he must defeat a monster along the way, one that has sent many a good warrior to his grave. In a quest that is full of peril and adventure, Thomas must face everyone's worst nightmare: Does he have what it takes? This endearing story is both heartwarming and full of surprises. Thomas learns that a boy cannot be judged by his size or his intentions, but by the decisions he makes and the trials he must overcome. What sets this story apart from other knightly tales are the unusual size of the hero, the tools–or lack of tools–he has for fighting evil, and the delightful events awaiting him once he finds the princess. Expressive illustrations, many of them spreads, accompany each chapter. Memorable characters enrich the realm by giving purpose to the hero's ordeal. This is a must-read.Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The son of a leathersmith, 12-year-old Thomas dreams of knighthood, a remote prospect for a small boy who spends his days minding his eight younger siblings. A chance encounter leads him to the castle, where he trains as a squire and becomes a knight when a champion is needed to rescue Princess Eleanor from a dragon. He shows courage and resourcefulness during his difficult journey and defeats a legendary monster, though he loses nearly all of his possessions. In the dragon’s lair, he discovers that neither his quest nor his peril nor his strength is what he expected. Although the many likable characters are not fully developed, they serve the story well, dramatizing that the qualities, objects, and positions that seem most valuable are not always the most important ones. Black-and-white illustrations capture the tone of the storytelling. A refreshing antidote to the tired fractured-fairy-tale genre, this good-hearted chapter book delivers an adventure that many young readers will enjoy. A fine choice for those early elementary-school students seeking longer chapter books. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

If you like medieval times, dragons or epic adventures, this is the book for you!!!
Kelly Reynolds
There is a waiting list for this book in my class and each student who has read it so far has enjoyed it immensely.
Liz
I borrowed the book from the library and I liked the book so much that I wanted my mom to add it to my wish list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miranda30 on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a seven year old boy and I thought Thomas and the Dragon Queen was a really cool book. I loved how funny the little dragons were. I borrowed the book from the library and I liked the book so much that I wanted my mom to add it to my wish list.

Note: As the mom, I will say that this is a great tale of adventure as well as a wonderful lesson in dealing with adversity, playing to your strengths, being good and honest, and learning how to foster understanding and find compromise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kendal A. Rautzhan on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
By nationally syndicated children's book review columnist Kendal Rautzhan. Visit my website for more great book suggestions: Greatest Books for Kids [...]

Read aloud: age 6 - 7 and older.
Read yourself: age 8 - 9 and older.

Thomas, age twelve, has been asked by Sir Gerald to accompany him to the castle as his squire. Thomas is thrilled at the prospect, and even though he is quite small for his age, works hard in his training and improves his skills.
With the kingdom at war, knights and squires are scarce. When the king's daughter is captured by the fearsome Dragon Queen, Thomas is off on a dangerous quest to cross paths with a multi-headed beast, reach a distant island, and rescue the princess. Thomas may be small, but he has a big heart, is brave, and uses his keen mind to maneuver through seemingly impossible odds. Will he be able to reach his destination and succeed in his mission?
Peppered with wise philosophy and brimming with adventure, courage, and enchanting fantasy, Thomas and the Dragon is certain to entertain and delight readers throughout all 266 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Meyers on December 7, 2013
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Thomas and the Dragon Queen,is a great book about a leathersmiths son and his journey.Thomas's journey starts when he saves his little sister from a spooked horse,with a stone.Sir Gerald is the knight who was sleeping on the horse that almost ran over Thomas's little sister.Sir Gerald thought that Thomas was very brave rescuing his little sister and takes Thomas as his page.At the castle Thomas learns many things and quickly becomes a squire.When all the knights are off fighting at the border the princess is kidnapped by the Dragon Queen Bridgoltha.Thomas is knighted and sets off to save the princess.Sir Thomas faces many obstacles on his way to Barren Isle where the princess is being kept,but when he gets there he finds something unexpected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maddie on June 3, 2013
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I love how much the author is explaining how everything happened in the book and I love it. I recommend this book to my friend Dana Smith I hope their will be a second book.
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By Kelly Reynolds on December 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum is a great book. One reason I think it is a great book is because Thomas becomes a knight unexpectedly. He goes on a great adventure of thrills and exciting parts. His steed is a donkey named Bartholomew. There is a princess named Eleanor who is the daughter of the king. He has lots of siblings and a loving mother and father. His best friend is John the groomsman. He even made friends with a dragon and her dragonlets. All these characters make the book special. If you like medieval times, dragons or epic adventures, this is the book for you!!!

Taylor
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I'm a 10 year old girl and I like the book Thomas and the Dragon Queen. It's full of action and adventure and it teaches you a good lesson that you can do anything no matter what your size. I like Thomas because he's brave and shows a lot of perseverance. Thomas is brave because he went on the dangerous journey by himself. He shows perseverance because even though he faced some tough challenges during the journey he never gave up. This book will have you on the edge of your seat. I recommend this book for people who are interested in Medieval Times and like fairy tales.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Kelly on March 12, 2013
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This book is good if you like kings and queens. I liked this book because it was always making you want to read more and more. It's also like a fairy tale with knights and dragons. It's a really good book!!!!!!!
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A Kid's Review on September 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you like knights and dragons you should read this book. I am an 8 year old boy, this book taught me that no matter your size you shouldn't think that you can't do something. This story is about a boy wanting to be a knight, he becomes and knight and his first quest is to rescue the princess from the dragon queen. I gave this book 4 stars because there were some hard words. My favorite character is Thomas.
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More About the Author

It's always difficult to introduce myself, and "What do you do?" is a hard question to answer. I do so many things! I'm a children's author and a poet. But I'm also a lecturer, a teacher, a mother, a grandmother, a retired librarian, an educator, a Kentuckian and a Michigander, as well as someone who is intoxicated by color and 3-d doodling. (I make quilts, do mosaics, and glue together strange things I find, when I'm not writing.)

Where to start? I think the beginning is best, for storytelling was in my family's blood long before I was born. So . . . I was born in Kentucky. And it was fortunate for me that I happened to be born in the mountains where telling "whoppers" and listening to tall tales long into the night is part of the Appalachian heritage. In those dark and scrawny hollers (narrow valleys) I'd cling to my father's tall legs and stare wide-eyed as I listened to the hair-raising tales my relatives told. We are all big talkers in our family. "Yeaaah, buddy!" (This phrase is Kentuckian for "That's the truth!" To say it right, ya gotta drag out that "a" in the first word.) So don't ya doubt it, Kentucky has rightfully claimed a huge hunk of my heart.

Ours was an oral tradition, not bookish. Books were scarce in our home, and therefore highly prized. The tiny library in the elementary school by our house became a second home. That was after my father moved to Michigan to work in the auto factories. Therefore, Michigan gets to lay claim to a piece of my heart as well--for it was there that I went to school, learned to read, played "school" and "library" and then grew up to become a teacher and then a librarian.

As a teacher: I taught high school English in Michigan and creative writing at the community college level. (I still do workshops for writers around the country.) While at the community college, I was also an assistant editor for a nationally distributed literary arts journal.

As a librarian: I spent my first two years as a librarian being a library director in a small town in Michigan. Then I moved to a much larger library and spent almost 24 years as a youth librarian and a storyteller. I've done storytimes in a number of interesting places including hospitals, Safehouse (the local home for abused women and children), at schools for kids with special needs, at classes for the profoundly deaf, for senior citizens, and on the Bookmobile. Just before retirement, I was the sole children's book selector for a large and very busy library system in a cosmopolitan and diverse community. In 2002 I was awarded the Michigan Library Association's Award of Merit as youth Librarian of the year. It was a blast! What a great time I had being a librarian--I LOVED it!

As a writer: I write at several levels for children; picture books, chapter books and teen novels. A number of my books have won awards, been nominated for state awards or lists, or have appeared on other prestigious lists. I also write articles about writing and teaching for professional journals. And my poems for adults appear in various print and online journals. In 2005, I was invited to read at the White House Easter Egg Roll. (It rained, so we couldn't read outdoors as planned. But I had a lovely breakfast in the White House!) Another favorite thing that happened to me as a writer was that I was invited in 2010 to tour Japan and speak to kids at American military base schools--for a whole month! What fun. "You never know the places you'll go."

I love writing and wrote my first poems and stories in elementary school. I remember a little of the first poem I wanted to share with the world. It was about someone coming down the stairs to find something horrible at the bottom. My first important poem was scary! And so was my first book, WHO TOOK MY HAIRY TOE?

I didn't buckle down and work on books for children until the fall of 1997. I sold my first manuscript by early December of 1999. Then five more of my picture book manuscripts sold in a little over a year! In the fall of 2001, I had an offer on my first children's novel. I was on my way.

I am sure that would not have happened without the deep love I had for my other career, that of being a children's librarian. (See above.) Getting to read and share so many wonderful books in the Ann Arbor District Library where I worked has been an important part of my life. I wanted children to find my books on library shelves, too, one day. And now, they can!

Before I forget, I need to mention my name. Shutta is my real first name and Crum is my real last (maiden) name. My husband has a boring last name, so I kept Crum--what else would go with Shutta?

Shutta is not derived from any language other than the language of childhood. Shuddy was my father's nickname. I had a cousin who could not say Melvin and always called my dad Shuddy. It stuck. Since I was the first grandchild on my mother's side there was a lot of arguing about what to name me. My dad finally put an end to the arguments by saying--"Maybe I'll just call her Shuddy!" To get a more female-sounding name, Mom, the doctor, and Dad put their heads together and came up with Shutta.

To be honest, I was not thrilled with it when I was young. All my friends were named Debbie, or Linda, or Carol, or Patty, etc.--all nice, sturdy names. I wanted to be a Penny or a Sandy. Instead, I was stuck with Shutta.

As I grew older, however, I came to treasure my name. Now I see it as the best gift I ever got. It's a good name for an author--just unusual enough. Ya know, when I think about it . . . I realize that not only was I blessed with such a fun name, but I was born and raised in two wonderful places full of great people and thrilling stories that have fueled my creativity and kept me full of joy. There's only one way to sum it all up: "Yeaaah, buddy!"

I hope you enjoy my books!

Shutta Crum



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