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.... show more
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?
Publish date: October 2nd 2007
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Sweet middle-grade fantasy about Mella, who has the gift of being a dragon-keeper, and Roger, the squire to a knight who has vowed to defend the kingdom from dragons. While the "cover blurb" makes the book seem like another story of a girl with inner strength and an unexpected destiny, Roger is a s...
2.5 stars.Mella is a keeper. She tends to the small herd of dragons that her family keeps, like goats and chickens, in the pen. Most people aren't tolerated by the dragons but Mella is special. Like her Grandmother before her, she is a "keeper" and that means that the dragons not only tolerate her, ...