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Cora and the Nurse Dragon by [Burke, H. L.]
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"I found this absolutely delightful, even though it is meant for a younger audience. The world the author creates is vivid, and it is easy to let yourself get swept up in the story ... Cora isn't a strong female character: she's better than that. She's believable..." -Book Angel UK

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  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ACV79BO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 Stars
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!
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Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a fun read. Cora lives in a world where dragons are common pets - for those who can afford them. She dreams of racing dragons one day but is stuck raising cheap, tiny mayfly dragons who only live a few months. Her luck changes when her nemesis throws an egg at her, which hatches into a rare nurse dragon with a very unique ability.

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.
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I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the author, and this might just be one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received in my life. It’s a quick read, probably better suited for younger teens and pre-teens, but I’m well past that age and found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Like every other book by H.L. Burke I’ve read, this one is amazing and impossible to put down!

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!
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Anyone who ever dreamed of having a pet dragon will love this book. A pet dragon? Well, Cora lives in a world where dragons are real and there are quite a variety, large and small. Kids can buy eggs by the pack and maybe, just maybe, a valuable dog-sized dragon might emerge. Mostly the eggs contain worthless insect-sized creatures, but one day Cora gets a real surprise, a nurse dragon. She learns that a rare nurse dragon has incredible skills and she now has one of her very own. Of course, problems arise for Cora and her friends, sending them on a wild chase from the authorities.

This is a very good book for Tweens and grandparents as well. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heart-pounding adventure. I loved it!
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If you have kids who love collecting things, they will love this story. I've read most of H.L. Burke's stories, and this is my favorite. I bought it in paperback for my 9 year old son to read.
This is so much more than just a fantasy. It has great lessons about friendships, ethics, and even a child running their first business. Great book for a family to read together and discuss.
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By Bev on February 28, 2016
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This is a wonderful read for children of 8 or older. I always read the books first that I get for my granddaughter. This is a little too much for her now but I'm sure she will enjoy it as she gets a few years older. It was well written with a lot of imagination. I enjoyed it at my age too. I would definitely recommend this book.
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At first, I thought perhaps this was going to be a child's book with the cover, but I can honestly say this great story is awesome for all readers, young or old. I haven't read any of Burke's stories before, but if this one is any example of this author's talent, I have a feeling that she will become one of my favorite authors!
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Sweet adventurous story about a girl, her best friend, the dragon egg they find, and the nurse dragon that hatches from it. What is a nurse dragon? It's a dragon, long believed to extinct, that cares for the eggs and hatchings of other dragons. It's the perfect opportunity for Cora and Abry to buy some dragon eggs, let Cricket do his thing and then sell the dragons for a profit. This charming tale is perfect for kids to read or to read to them before bed a couple chapters at a time. I recommended it to my nine year old granddaughter.
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