When Kara was a small child, she was brought back to life by a dragon who nursed her to health. Many believe this is how she acquired the ability to call down birds. Hearing of her extraordinary talent, the king thinks she might be able to call down dragons as well. But when Kara finds that the king wants to slay the dragons, she realizes she could never do something so cruel. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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Susan Fletcher is the acclaimed author of the Dragon Chronicles, composed of Dragon's Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, and Sign of the Dove, as well as the award-winning Alphabet of Dreams, Shadow Spinner, and Walk Across the Sea. Ms. Fletcher lives in Wilsonville, Oregon. Visit her online at SusanFletcher.com.From Booklist:
Gr. 5-7. 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. Deborah Abbott
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