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Johnston, E. K.
New York : Carolrhoda Lab, 2014

ISBN 1467710660

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“Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.” Siobhan, Bard of Owen the Dragon-slayer.

Siobhan lives in Canada, a Canada in an alternate world where dragons and people compete for living space, food and fuel. The fossil fuels people depend on are the food that sustains the dragons. Owen, a dragon-slayer-in-training, and his family of dragon slayers move to Siobhan’s small town and life changes for everyone. Siobhan is shy, but musically gifted and when Owen’s family asks her to become his bard, she is thrown into a world about which she knows much less than she thought.

Soon Owen, Siobhan, their parents and friends all have to decide what they are willing to sacrifice to keep their land free and safe; their actions and decisions make for powerful reading.  (
Alexis Underhill, Teacher-Librarian Yelm High School, Yelm, WA, Evergreen Teen Book Awards, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction. 

                        Adventure fiction. 

                        Bards and bardism -- Fiction. 

                        Canada -- Fiction. 

                        Dragons -- Fiction. 

                        Fame -- Fiction. 

                        Family life -- Canada -- Fiction. 

                        High schools -- Fiction. 

                        Schools -- Fiction.

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