The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp (1998)

dragon 1.jpgThere was a sudden shifting sound from the back of the cave, a heavy sandpapery scraping noise.  Then there came a soft hiss in the darkness — the sound of a lighted blowtorch, thought Zachary — and a red-and-yellow flare of flame.  The interior of the cave leaped into light.  Before the children’s astonished eyes, a vast expanse of gold flashed and glittered.  There before them lay a long reptilian body, curled comfortably on the cave floor, with a coiled golden tail, ending in a flat, arrowhead-shaped point.  Two eyes — sharp slits of jade green — glared at them out of the darkness.

“It’s called Drake’s Hill, young man,” said a deep, raspy voice, “because ‘drake’ is an ancient and honorable name for ‘dragon.  The hill is named after ME.”

Three siblings, a secluded island off the coast of Maine, a Victorian mansion, a secret cave, and a dragon with three heads — who each have a story to tell!  What more could you ask for??  How about a sequel:  The Return of the Dragon, 160 pages (2005). dragon 2.jpg

These books are neither scary nor high action fantasy, but they are well-written and interesting for young middle grade students.

Middle Grade reading level, 160 – 192 pages, published in 1998 & 2005. 

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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