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ISBN: 0142424323     ISBN-13: 9780142424322
Publisher: Firebird
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2013

Annotation: In 1192 A.D. on Wilde Island, Tess, is accused of witchcraft and must flee, but when she meets a warden of Dragonswood who offers her shelter, she does not realize that he has secret that may finally bring about peace among the races.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dragons; Fiction.
Fairies; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013002675
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.80 lbs) 403 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q56932
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Janet Lee Carey (www.janetleecarey.com) is the author of several very well received young adult novels, including Dragon’s Keep, the companion novel to Dragonswood. Dragon’s Keep was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2008 and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Janet lives near Seattle with her husband and three sons where she writes and teaches writing workshops.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Accused of witchcraft in the midst of political unrest, Tess escapes execution--and a life of beatings. Befriending Wilde Island's missing prince and discovering her half-fairy parentage, Tess throws herself into danger for friends and country. Carey avoids every pitfall of her premise; the narrative benefits from excellent prose, a tough heroine, and few easy answers.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

Gr 7 Up—Set on Wilde Island a generation after Dragon's Keep (Harcourt, 2007), this story continues with a perfectly crafted combination of history, mythology, and fantasy. King Pendragon has died, and while the island waits for his eldest son to return from the Crusades, the power-hungry Lord Sackmore is becoming more and more of a threat to the future king. When Lady Adela, the witch hunter, comes to their little town, Tess and her two friends stand accused. Through their wits and the unexpected assistance of a dragon, they escape and flee into Dragonswood, which, although forbidden, is safer than the certain death they face at home. The tenuous peace among the humans, dragons, and fairies on the island is being threatened, and Tess, Poppy, and Meg seem caught in the middle. Tess has been keeping her fire-sight visions secret and it turns out that she is not the only one with secrets to keep. When one of the king's woodwards takes them in and offers them shelter, Tess cannot deny her feelings for him, even as she fears him and suspects that he has secrets of his own. The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances that bloom are all uncovered with precise timing and will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly. The story is complexly satisfying on its own, but readers will want to go back for Dragon's Keep as well and will look forward to the future of Wilde Island.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA

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