Follows the adventures of Arthur, a young and fearless dragon living with his tribe in northern Vermont, as he grows up, marries, becomes the leader of his tribe and together with a human friend tries to improve relations between dragons and people.
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Grade 4-6 Arthur, an impetuous young dragon, goes against the prohibitions of his tribe and the cautions of his mother to rescue a human baby from a cornfield. Eventually, his risk-taking pays off; his human friend Patrick helps rescue the dragons from the threats of the evil Moon. Humans and dragons become friends, and Arthur, with the help of his beautiful white dragon queen, follows in his father's footsteps as leader of his dragon tribe. This disappointing fantasy lacks the unified vision necessary to establish the believability of an imaginary world. The skittish plot seems less dependent upon fate than on the author's whims, caprices which often paint the story into a corner. A prime example is the anthropomorphic evil Moon, which moves about the sky freely, at the same time maintaining a "dark side" to the sun at all times. Characterization and setting suffer from lack of attention too; Patrick's character is never developed to its full potential, and the setting of contemporary Vermont provides little to the story beyond a snowy backdrop. Dragon fans are advised to stick to old standbys, Gannett's My Father's Dragon (Random, 1948) and Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon (Holt, 1983). Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Pub . Lib .
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In her first venture into the YA market, adult novelist Schaeffer has written an uneven fantasy. Unknown to most humans, except for an occasional child, dragons still inhabit the world, and many tribes of them live above the village of North Chittendon, Vermont. One of the dragons, Arthur, the late chief's son, has always been fascinated by humans, so it's natural for him to rescue a human baby. Against orders, he feeds the baby some dragon's milk, so that the two, Arthur and the boy Patrick, become attached through their dreams. Later, Arthur saves Patrick during a blizzard, and Patrick longs for the opportunity to return the favor. When the moonwho has always hated the dragonsbegins her plan to destroy the world, it's up to Arthur, ultimately with Patrick's help, to save dragons and humans alike. Though occasionally funny, with some exciting parts, the story suffers from the author's unfamiliarity with her audience.
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