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Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Haskell, Merrie (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.
Authors: Haskell, Merrie
Title: Handbook for dragon slayers
Published: New York : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.
Audience: 008-012.
Local Note: 1 3 4
ISBN: 0062008161
9780062008169
Branch Call Number: J HAS
Statement of Responsibility: Merrie Haskell
Subject Headings: Fantasy. Books and reading Juvenile fiction. Authorship Juvenile fiction. Dragons Juvenile fiction. People with disabilities Juvenile fiction. Princesses Juvenile fiction. Adventure stories.
Topical Term: Fantasy.
Books and reading
Authorship
Dragons
People with disabilities
Princesses
Adventure stories.
LCCN: 2012022159
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Sep 04, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a coming-of-age story, this one deals with the usual themes of rebellion, acceptance, love, honor, duty and pleasure, along with a dragon or two thrown into the mix. A lot of the familiar elements from fantasy are here—damsels in distress, dangerous dragons, , magical spells, menacing fey folk—but this princess is a lady of a different sort, yearning for a life far away from home…only to learn that running away from home can cause more problems than it solves.

At first, I found myself both impatient with and sorry for Princess Mathilda. She was born with a splayed foot and pigeon toes. But that’s really the least of her troubles, although it takes her a while to see it. However, I grew more and more admiring of her as she fearlessly sought her destiny and applauded her for dealing with the various vicissitudes along the way. Her companion Judith is no less winning. (Lord Parzifal, however, suffers from being a little too obsessed with ancient battles and weapons; he narrowly avoids becoming a big fat bore.)

Mathilda learns to adapt to her situations, sometimes with honesty, sometimes with guile, always with determination. She’s truly a heroine to admire.

Jun 18, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Seems a bit juvenile with the thirteen year old girl as the lead character. She feels alone because of her deformed foot. Ends up on adventures hunting dragons with her best friend/servant and another young squire. They end up acquiring some magical horses, which are truly fascinating. The story was ok, but the horses? The horses were amazing!

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

"Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them. " Kids' Books December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=716254

A very good book. I like that the characters set out to kill dragons, but ended up being friends with them. Definitely worth reading if you haven't read it, and re-reading if you have!

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