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A dragon in the family

Aladdin paperback edition.
New York : Aladdin, 2018.
Physical Description:
71 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
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General Note:
First published in 1993 by Little, Brown and Company.

Contains excerpt of the next Dragonling series.
Darek must prove to his neighbors that the baby dragon he rescued is not a threat to their community.
Reading Level:
Ages 7-10.


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On Order



Darek and Zantor work to convince everyone that dragons and humans can get along in this second book in the fantastical Dragonling chapter book series!

Ever since Darek saved Zantor the dragonling, they've been inseparable. Darek is the only family Zantor has ever known. But now Darek is bringing Zantor home from the Valley of the Dragons, and the villagers are up in arms! He and his brother Clep are called traitors. Their best friends are turning against them. Even Darek's father has been threatened for allowing the enemy in their midst.

How can Darek prove that dragons are good neighbors to the villagers?

Author Notes

Jackie French Koller is a prolific children's author.

Jackie's first book, Impy for Always, was published in 1989. She's gone on to write over 30 other books including The Keepers and Dragonling Series.

Koller's books have received numerous awards and accolades - among them ALA Notable Book and IRA Teachers' Choice.

Jackie lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and when she's not writing she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, making gingerbread houses, and playing with her grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-In this sequel to The Dragonling (Little, 1990), also set in the Middle Ages, Darek, a young boy, takes the dragon he has befriended to his village, where the people have always fought the creatures. Zantor's presence results in mistrust and the eventual arrest of the boy's father, who has allowed his son to keep the dragon. There's plenty of action as Darek and his friend save the man. The characters are believable, and their adventures, fears, and suspicions make for exciting reading for children moving into chapter books.-Tina Morrow Peak, Lake Wales Public Library, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

By befriending the baby dragon Zantor, Darek, anxious to win his father's respect, has discovered that people have nothing to fear from dragons; unfortunately, many villagers are not eager to give up fighting their traditional enemies. While Koller's fantasy world is not always convincing and the dragonling is almost too endearing, readers may still become involved in this second book about Darek and Zantor. From HORN BOOK 1993, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.