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Dragon Castle Hardcover – June 9, 2011

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About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." This quote is often attributed to Mark Twain though no one has ever been able to prove it much one way or another. The sentiment, however, is universal. There comes a certain time in a young teen's life when their parents lose a bit of their luster. Suddenly the kid feels that they themselves are the arbitrators of the universe and their parents old has-beens without a brain to share. Not every teenager feels this way, obviously, but a whole mess of them do and it's rare that I see this feeling portrayed in a work of fiction as brilliantly as it is in Joseph Bruchac's latest novel "Dragon Castle". Best known for his books that have, in some ways, called upon his Abenaki Indian heritage, Bruchac switches gears and presents a book that finds its roots in another part of his family: His Slovakian ancestry. The result is a wry, funny, thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish. The kind of fantasy novel a person can sink into with glee.

Prince Rashko has a problem. On the horizon marches a large army of foes, clearly bent on conquering his castle. His parents, not the brightest sorts to begin with, have been lured away to fairyland in the interim and don't look like they'll be home for a while. His older brother Paulek, meanwhile, keen to invite the invaders in for some good old fashioned sparring exercises, let's them in without a second thought. Their castle, the impressive Hladka Hvorka, was raised by the legendry hero Pavol and it houses a secret. A secret the army's evil Baron wants. A secret Rashko will have to use all his ingenuity to protect.
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I love Joseph Bruchac's novels, many of which draw on his American Indian heritage, so when I saw this one that was inspired by the Slovak side of his family, I immediately picked it up.

The book is entertaining enough, the coming-of-age story of a young Slovakian prince, Rashko, whose parents have disappeared just as a nasty visitor arrives on their castle's doorstep. The only people home are his "lame-brained" brother, Paulek, and their servants and tutors. There is lots of magic and action, which will appeal to boys in particular.

There is an unreliable narrator, a detail I love, and it's pretty well executed by Bruchac. Dragon Castle interweaves a "legendary" time period and a later one that holds the central narrative. The latter was occasionally confusing, and I'm not sure Bruchac relayed the alternating timelines in the most articulate way.

Yes, this is a fairy tale, but there were certain events and characters that I found hard to believe. Also, I thought the "love interests" that appear at the end seemed tacked-on. They added nothing to the plot (except perhaps bringing in some female characters in a male-heavy book). I think these failures will hinder older teens and adults from thoroughly enjoying this book, which surprised me. Usually Joseph Bruchac's books appeal to a wide audience, I think.

There is no bad language, nothing truly objectionable. It would be appropriate for kids aged 11 and up.
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Joseph Bruchac brought us a very endearing story of family love, commitment and durability. I loved reading "The Dragon Castle" It's a quick read that is great for any age especially those readers that can't get enough of once upon a times in castles with dragons, kings, queens, princes, princesses and,of course, the vengeful bad wizard. I adored the underlining message of this sweet tale - the importance of family. No matter how different Paulek feels from the rest of his family - brother Rashko and his mother and father - he is an intricate part of their family unit and vice verse. Nothing can be accomplished without that deep seeded family bond and love they have for each other! I also love the importance of remembering and honoring their ancestors for all they did to give their family an incredible foundation in all that is righteous, moral and generous. I loved this book also because it drips with Slovakian folklore, traditions and pride! A definite book to put on your list of MUST reads!
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It was a very sloooow book. It was so boring because most of the time he keep saying he is the hero and his family is dumb and carefree. When i got this book i was expecting dragons. but only at the end he got the dragon and it happen so quick and it was #boring. Sorry for being a hater but it was boring for me. You can just looked at the cover and know what it is about but it is not cool as it the cover looks like.
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