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Book Title: Dragon's Milk|
The author of the book: Susan Fletcher
Edition: Aladdin Paperbacks
Date of issue: June 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780689851964
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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This was one of my favourite books as a kid - I was a huge dragon nut, to the point where I refused to read Harry Potter because of something I read in the back summary of the first book that lead me to assume JK Rowling was "doing it wrong," so I turned my nose up at the whole series. Seriously. I recall this vividly. Kids say the darndest things.
Anyway, the Dragon Chronicles series was one of my favourites for a variety of reasons - I loved that the dragons were intelligent, misunderstood creatures who just wanted to live, no different from any other large predator. I also loved that the baby dragons act like any actual baby animals - they're bratty, difficult to control and sometimes (unintentionally) dangerous, but with their moments of sweetness and silly mischief. I liked that the protagonist was a tall, awkward, tomboyish girl - I could never relate to delicate waifs as a kid - and Kaeldra was enough of an outcast to appeal to my lonely, nerdy self. The series does have romance in it, but it's toned down to the point where it's really easy to flat-out ignore. It doesn't feel forced or tacked-on like romance tends to in a lot of other YA novels. (God, I pray for the death of the love triangle as a plot point.)
These are mostly stories about girls and young women thrust into complicated, painful situations where right and wrong aren't necessarily clear-cut. I loved that nuance, just like I loved that the books are very sad; characters die and have to make some very difficult choices. There's a lot of sacrifice and sweat and tears and blood in these books, and when the characters are in danger, you really feel like they're in danger - there's very rarely that voice in the back of your head like "Yeah right, she's not going to kill off any important characters..." Nothing comes easy for Kaeldra, and at many points in the book I ached with sympathy for her.
Kaeldra makes a great cipher - you learn about the world as she does, so there's not a ton of exposition dumped on your head all at once. Her story was believable and her journey captivated me to the point where I read this book over and over and over.
It's worth noting that I also love the covers - the art is beautiful!
Does it still hold up to my childhood obsession? Nothing really does. But I would absolutely recommend this book (and the sequels) to anyone with a young fantasy-loving girl in the family. If she's anything like me, she'll reread them until they fall apart.
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Susan Fletcher is the author of a popular trilogy that includes the books Dragon's Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, and Sign of the Dove, as well as of several other novels for young readers.
With a medieval setting inspired by pictures of the Welsh countryside from where Fletcher traces her roots, the dragon trilogy features Fletcher's imaginative, dragon-centered plots, which have won praise from reviewers and readers alike. Calling 1993's Flight of the Dragon Kyn "a joy to read," Booklist contributor Deborah Abbott added: "Fletcher pens some of the best yarns around."
Born in Pasadena, California, in 1951, Fletcher and her family moved to Ohio when she was seven years old. She had dreamed of being a writer ever since she entered the third grade. "Back then my name was Susan Clemens," she once explained. "One day my teacher told us about a famous author named Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, whose daughter's name was Susan. It was fate, I thought. I decided not to become the daughter of a famous author (which is impossible to arrange), but to become a famous author myself (which is difficult enough)."
Returning to California in sixth grade, Fletcher graduated from high school in 1969, having spent her senior year as fiction editor of her school's literary magazine. She enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned her bachelor's degree in English. She then moved to Michigan, where she earned her master's degree in English from the University of Michigan. Moving again to Colorado, Fletcher got a job with a local advertising agency and met her soon-to-be husband, Jerry; they were married in June of 1977. Moving again, this time to Minneapolis, Minnesota, she put her writing talent to work creating copy for radio advertisements, which she enjoyed and was good at. When her husband relocated to Portland, Oregon, Fletcher planned to look for a similar position, but those plans changed when she discovered that she and her husband would soon be having a child. Magazine writing became her new focus--it was something Fletcher could do from home--and from there it was a short step to becoming a children's book writer.
Fletcher's first novel for young readers, 1988's The Haunting Possibility, was inspired by Oregon's Lake Oswego area and the practice of draining the lake each winter to allow dock repairs to be made. Learning the nuances of characterization and plotting as she went, Fletcher completed the manuscript and sent it to almost twenty publishers before it was accepted. She quickly involved herself in a local group of children's writers, meeting several editors and gaining constructive criticism of her work in the process.
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