Dragon's Egg by Sarah L. Thomson

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It is a rare talent, and only she can care for the Inn's herd. She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows that.

Until one day changes everything.

A Knight of the Order of Defenders arrives at the Inn. Signs of the mythical dragons have led him there, he says. Then a simple errand takes Mella through the forest, where she stumbles across a dragon's egg—and faces the true, terrifying dragon guarding it. On the spot, Mella vows to get the egg safely to the fabled Hatching Grounds. She must leave her home for the first time, and she finds an unlikely companion in the Defender's squire, Roger.

For Mella and Roger, this one day is the beginning of an adventure. Where will it take them?

 

About Sarah L. Thomson

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Sarah L. Thomson attended college in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked in publishing. She eventually became a senior editor at HarperCollins Children's Books. She became a full-time author shortly after her first book, The Dragon's Son, was published. Her works include Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said. Dacey is an internationally renowned artist and a Society of Illustrators Gold Medalist. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Visual Communications at Syracuse University. Debra's numerous awards in illustration and design include gold and silver medals from the New York Society of Illustrators. She lives in upstate New York.
 
Published January 30, 2010 by Greenwillow Books. 282 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tales of girls challenging dragons are plentiful, but two things set this one apart: It's intended for a middle-grade audience and the dragons are small, domesticated animals, and, much like farm hens, prized for their eggs.

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