- File Size: 779 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (January 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004J17VRQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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How To Slay a Dragon (The Journals Of Myrth Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Within, Greg Hart is about to start seventh grade, and he's not really looking forward to it. True, he is the fastest kid in his class, but that's mainly because he's had so much practice fleeing dangers like Manny Malice. And he's got a great imagination. His journal is filled with the feats of daring he's accomplished in his own mind. That's why he thinks he's dreaming again when he's sucked into the land of Myrth.
In Myrth, the people live by prophecy. Seriously, it's almost law that prophecies MUST BE FULFILLED, and the people do everything in their power to see it done. So when Greg Hart finds out he's the fabled Greghart of prophecy, the Greghart destined to slay the dragon Ruuan and rescue the princess, he's notably alarmed. But he's forced into action, accompanied by a young man by the name of Lucky. ("Oh, and I'm Lucky," the boy in orange added quickly. Greg stared at him dumbly. "Good for you." "No, I mean my name is Lucky. Short for Luke." "Actually, it's longer," Greg said.)
On their journey, they meet a variety of quirky characters: Melvin, spiteful little brother to the legendary dragon-slayer, Marvin; feisty Princess Pricilla, who insists on being called Sasha and sets out to slay the dragon herself; and Bart the Bard, who has an annoying habit of singing ballads of death and destruction just before Greg heads into danger. Together they're attacked by a bollywomp, chased by falchions, and march to battle against a valley full of "razor teeth" --with Greg protesting all the way. Oddly enough, things do work out, just not at all in the way you'd expect it to.
My reaction? Sweet! (As in, I totally loved it!) This book has great characters and great action and adventure. I wasn't quite as impressed with the settings. (I felt a little bit like I was walking around on a map.) But this is truly one of the funniest books I've ever read. Not just turn-up-the-corner-of-your-smile funny, but big-toothy-grin funny, and sometimes even crack-up-out-loud funny. It's not the type of book you'd want to break open, say, in a crowd of strangers, or during a funeral, or when your teacher's lecturing. But it's great for most other times.
Here are a few more of my favorite quotes:
His name was Manny Malistino, only everyone called him Manny Malice, or better yet, Sir, if they thought he might be listening.
Better a live coward than a dead hero, he'd (Greg) always believed.
"Get some sleep." Yes, of course. Wouldn't want to be tired when I'm killed by the witch.
"Now, would you prefer to be roasted, mauled, or eaten?" If ever there was a question that deserved to be rhetorical... "Are there any other choices?"
The action, humor and word plays will appeal to the middle school crowd, though there's absolutely nothing to prevent younger ones from reading. Language and content are perfectly clean. I'd highly recommend it for ages 10+.
Today, the school bully, Manny Malistino, AKA, Manny Malice, rudely interrupts Greg's daydreams. In an attempt to out run Manny, Greg is suddenly transported to Myrth. Myrth is another world where, according to a prophecy, Greg is not just Greg Hart, he is GREGHART, Slayer of Dragons. He has been whisked off to Myrth to slay the dragon, Ruuan, and fulfill the prophecy. The people of Myrth believe in prophecies, and when Ruuan kidnaps the King's daughter, the prophecy says that GREGHART, the great dragon slayer will come and save the day. You just can't deny a prophecy, can you? Well, Greg will try, but no one listens.
Greg faces great dangers, like a wicked witch named Hazel, get it, Hazel the witch, Witch Hazel! He faces trolls, and forests that don't seem to have a beginning or end. He faces the shrieking falchions, and a prophet named Simon Sezxqrthm, uh...that's Simon Sez for short.
Enjoyable from start to finish, this imaginative story will entertain any middle school student. Bill Allen's wonderful word play is super, the plot is fast moving, and it is simply a lot of fun. Believe me, if you're looking for a book that will satisfy your young, finicky reader, this fits the "Bill" perfectly.