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Dragons Forever - Born to be a Dragon Paperback – July 7, 2011
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About the Author
Eisley Jacobs has been writing, since preschool, tentative strokes on paper that made her parents smile with pride. In high school, Jacobs discovered what would become a lifelong love for the written word. It was not until fifteen years later that she began to pursue that love in earnest. Jacobs now writes Middle Grade Fantasy and YA Fantasy. In her free time she homeschools her children and plays with cameras, pencils and paper, musical notes and glue (aka, she is crafty).
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"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." ~ Anonymous Dragon
I love this quote -- it makes me giggle every time I read it. Jacobs has the quote on the title page of the book, and it gives us the flavor for what is to come. Deglan is a ten-year-old hatchling, who has not yet taken part in the Rising Ceremony. The Rising Ceremony causes Deglan some concern because his mark, which every dragon receives at birth, has been changing...and it's not supposed to. Deglan is afraid because Lord Edric has been searching for the dragon of legend for as long as Deglan can remember, and the dragon of legend has a mark in the shape of a dragon, instead of the more usual crescent or star. Which is exactly what Deglan's mark has morphed into. Could he be the dragon Lord Edric has been seeking? And if Lord Edric discovers his mark at the Rising Ceremony, will his family be banished... or worse?
Meia, is a ten-year-old foster child who has been bounced from family to family, mainly because of her dreams and nightmares about dragons, until she has finally been placed with a family who take her obsession in stride. The Bensens encourage Meia to talk about her dreams, instead of thinking she is weird. Meia is a daydreamer, and has trouble focusing in class sometimes because her mind takes her on flights of fancy... on the back of a blue dragon.
Deglan and Meia both have their part to fulfill the legend centuries old. An unlikely alliance to say the least, but one that takes us on a roller-coaster ride -- exciting from the morphing of the mark to the thrilling conclusion.
Born To Be A Dragon is a delightful read and has almost as many twists and turns as Meia has freckles on her nose. In her debut novel, Eisley Jacobs truly gets into the ten-year-old mindset and has written the book in alternating points of view. So you get the perspective of Deglan and Meia throughout and their different takes on the circumstances as they unfold. This makes it a great read for both boys and girls because they each have a main character to identify with. Each of the characters jump off the page, whether their part is large or small, even down to Philip the garden gnome. In addition, Jacobs has artwork starting each chapter, drawn by satisfied readers who are eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Charming.
A fun-filled story for dragon-lovers everywhere.
But that was more like the pretty icing-flowers on the cake. The story itself was fantastic. A dragon with a mark that makes him a threat to the leader of the dragon clan. A girl who dreams of dragons. A lot. To the point where it gets her bounced from one foster home to another for being 'too weird'.
Both characters struggle to embrace their uniqueness without being ostracized from their worlds. As the story moves on and their lives come together, they grow as individuals and become close because of who they are, not what.
I enjoyed the unique approach to dragons in this world, and how the fantasy aspects mingled with a reality I'm already familiar with. This was a fun read, and would be a fantastic book for pre-teen kids who want to give fantasy a try, but aren't too big on other-world settings.
This story not only kept my intrest until I finished but it also held the interest of my 3 year old as I read it to her.
I enjoy Middle Grade and Young Adult books. And this book is no exception. The characters had depth and the plot had many twists and turns. The secrets of the Deglan and Meia, the two main characters, were delivered through out the book in perfect timing. I did not find myself skipping ahead to find the answers. The gripping plot had me reading every word with anticipation.
Great family book I recommend for everone and every school!
He even said, "This is really well written," as he was reading which is a huge compliment because he thinks NOTING is well written.
The story is about dragons and has loveable characters that you can't help but, well, love. There is adventure, tension and some comedy. Friendship is very central in the book and undeniable between the two main characters. They are two you can't just help but root for. Plus my favorite thing; GNOMES! If you have a kid, or like to get lost and pretend to be a kid again, you'd love this book.