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Flight of the Dragon Kyn
Susan Fletcher.
New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993.
213 p. ; 22 cm.


"A Jean Karl book."
Fifteen-year-old Kara is summoned by King Orrik, who believes she has the power to call down the dragons that have been plundering his realm, and she is caught up in the fierce rivalry between Orrik and his jealous brother Rog.

Best Books:

Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1994 ; Cahners; United States
Senior High School Library Catalog, Fifteenth Edition, 1997 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1995 ; American Library Association; United States
Young Adults' Choices, 1995 ; International Reading Association; United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Lone Star Reading List, 1996-1997 ; Texas

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.5
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 800

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Title Point Value 11
Lexile Measure 800


Deborah Abbott (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1994 (Vol. 90, No. 10))
When Kara is taken to the king because of her special powers to call down birds, she at first can't understand why her talent should be so important. But after living in the royal palace for a while, she discovers her real mission will be to call down dragons so the king can slay them, avenge a death, and win the hand of Signy. With her gyrfalcon Skava, Kara is led to the place of the dragons and forced to call them. A dragon who had saved Kara's life when she was a small child heeds the call and is immediately slain, much to her horror. When bid by the king to call the rest, she struggles with her decision and escapes, vowing to save the dragons. In this exciting drama, readers empathize with the deftly crafted characters, always aware of the struggle between good and evil, honor and dishonor. The falconer's art meshes neatly into the plot, making this well-written fantasy a joy to read. Dragons are a mysterious and powerful subject with large audience appeal, and Fletcher pens some of the best yarns around. Category: Middle Readers. 1993, Atheneum, $15.95. Gr. 5-7.

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
A prequel to Dragon's Milk (1991), explaining how there came to be dragons in a hidden valley. Since Kara can call birds, the king sends for her to call, not birds, but dragons, because he has sworn to eradicate them. After Kara summons the dragon that once nursed her, she's outraged and appalled when it's killed. Escaping to the mountains, she stumbles on the dragons' lair;, and although those there fear and despise her for the death, they agree to let her lead them to a warm, isolated place known to Kara's love, Kazan, a young trader. The plan works; the dragons are saved, and Kara joins Kazan. It's all a little forced and contrived-the story never quite explains why Kara is foolish enough to call the dragon that's killed, or just how the dragons would be led to a promised land she's never seen. But then, high fantasy need not compute, and there's a satisfactorily remote, stern, and romantic air here that will please fantasy buffs. 1993, Atheneum, $15.95. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

Kathryn Jennings (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 1994 (Vol. 47, No. 5))
On Kara's world, vermilion fever is deadly. They say she died of it when she was four winters old, but that a dragon nursed her back to life in her burial cave. Since then, Kara has had the uncanny ability to call down birds from the sky. Others in her "steading" (community) despise Kara's gift until King Orrik summons her to call down dragons for him. Under her king's orders to make him into a dragon-slaying hero, Kara struggles with her conscience. Her dilemma builds as she gradually remembers her connection to dragons and as the King's political motivations for heroism become more complex. This is a solid fantasy in a medieval Scandinavian-like setting, and there's plenty of drama, romance, and knavery to keep genre fans happy. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1994, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Atheneum, 213p, $15.95. Grades 7-10.


Kings, queens, rulers, etc.--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.F6356 Fl 1993
92044787 [Fic]
0689318804 : $15.95 ($19.95 Can.)
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