Cora and the Nurse Dragon Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01ACV79BO
- Publication date : January 31, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 559 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #213,089 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm a total fan. Adored this book, the pet-like dragons, and the girls' business schemes. Cricket was enchanting, I wanted all the dragons (or at least a colored diagram of them! Come on, H.L. Burke! We fans want a poster for our rooms!) :-)
I thought this was a very original gem and, at the 75% mark, I went and bought a paperback for my daughters just because I was so enraptured and needed to own a physical copy as well.
However, I have to take down 1/2 of a star for the random scene of violence at the end. I felt it was out of place in the otherwise enchanting story, and means I'll have to keep the book on the shelf a while instead of being able to read it out loud to my daughters just yet. Not sure the scene was appropriate for even an eight-year-old. I'd put this novel on the upper end of middle grade. I, as an adult, felt like it was right in the ballpark of things I can become a squealing fangirl over. :-)
However, everything else about the book was completely unique and enchanting. Truly the warm, fuzzy, can-I-please-collect-dragons-too? book of the year. Best H.L. Burke book ever!
While I enjoyed this book as an adult, it'll definitely appeal to its target audience of kids. Cora and her best friend Abry strike a fine balance between following and breaking rules, between independence and reaching out to the adults in their lives for help. They find a way to deal with bullies, as well as higher issues of what makes a law moral. The climax is darker than I expected, but nothing kids can't handle.
Overall, it's a great clean read for kids with some good messages along the way.
This is a book that is definitely aimed at a younger crowd, and therefore might not be right for all adults. I, however, read a lot of SFF for all ages and really enjoyed it. It was well paced & just the right length for the story, although I wouldn't mind a sequel that picks up after the Epilogue (which I loved).
-- A great friendship between two young girls (the best friend participates in some hijinks, but it is made clear that she would go to parents if there is real danger of harm)
-- Good relationships with parents, who are also involved in helping to resolve the conflicts
-- Adorable dragons (of all types and sizes)
CONTENTS (for those who care): Minor bullying (resolved) / Mistreatment of animals (not by MCs) / Some violence & a death (not descriptive) / Minor Christian elements / Themes include whether or not it is appropriate to break a law when you think it is wrong
NARRATION: Sound quality not the best, especially at higher volumes / Narration style unpolished / Speed ok (my usual 1.25 was a bit slow)
It was like Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher mixed with Because of Winn-Dixie, a girl hatching a dragon and bringing friends together.
I liked the idea of a nurse dragon (one that takes care of eggs), and the creative ways the young girls decided to make a secret business from it.
I liked that Cora apologized to Xavian, even though he was so mean. "Hurt people hurt people," and Xavian may never have learned to be anything but a bully if somebody didn't try to be nice to him at least once.
You know a book is good when it mentions "dragon Robin Hood."
I love that the end turned more toward Free Willy and Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job.
This was an interesting setting. Maybe 1920s or so, except a different world? It didn't mention any countries, but a few people had cars. Cora wore overalls. There were dragon races and betting, and 5 cents bought half a dozen dragon eggs. Cora had been saving for months to get some. There were lawyers and hand drills and boxes and a telephone. I'm sticking with 1920s.
Why did HLB choose that era? I think it was the right time/setting for several reasons.
1, dragons just became extinct in the wild. Some of the characters were more distraught about this than others. If the setting had been too primitive, this wouldn't have been believable. How could all the dragons be in captivity? If the setting were too modern, no one would have cared about wild dragons anyway.
2, technology hasn't surpassed dragons yet. There were few cars. This makes dragon racing seem a more important business for Mr. Algernon (sp? I'm bad at guessing names from audiobooks).
3, the culture is sophisticated enough to have attorneys and suing and court cases, which make Cora's questionable business a danger. Her dad might lose his job or even go to jail.
Cora would love to save up enough money to buy a pet dragon, but with her dad’s income as a gardener, she has to make do with buying small kits of dragon eggs and hoping to hatch a good one. So far she’s gotten only the tiny mayflies, but her luck changes when she rescues a thrown-away egg and out hatches a supposedly extinct nurse dragon. Cora immediately forms a bond with the dragon, but the little guy lands them in some difficult situations...
I feel like this book should be made into a major motion picture; it’s that awesome. The writing is superb, the characters are fun, and the story is engaging, to say the least. To be honest, I can’t even come across anything negative to say about this book. I loved it so much, and I look forward to reading many more of Heidi’s books!
Top reviews from other countries
H.L.Burke has written a lovely story the flows smoothly and is easy to read, with a good plot and characters, I am sure kids of all ages will enjoy reading this.
The writing is extremely good and we are given much food for thought.
This is an unbiased review.