No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip ReeveNo Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve

No Such Thing as Dragons

byPhilip Reeve

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

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Dragons don't exist... or do they? Ansel is a mute boy whose master, Brock, is a dragon slayer. Brock has shining armor and the scars to prove his heroic stories. Ansel suspects there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating monster that haunts the crags of Dragon Mountain?

In this powerfully breathtaking adventure, master storyteller Philip Reeve explores a world that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Mortal Engines quartet, Here Lies Arthur, and Fever Crumb. He lives in Dartmoor, England, with his wife and son.
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Title:No Such Thing as DragonsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.55 × 5.74 × 0.72 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545222249

ISBN - 13:9780545222242

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow to Get Going But Good Reason for Reading: I read one book previously by the author, Fever Crumb, and enjoyed it. This one looked like it would make a good read aloud to ds. Set in the middle ages of presumably our world, the book is immersed in a religious Catholic society, with both bad and good people, but a society who presumes there is a God. He can be found on all pages and while some characters use His name as a curse others use it as a cry for help. I really enjoyed being sat down in this society. We explore a real life event similar to St. George's infamous incident with the dragon, only when it comes down to just a handful of regular people, dragon fighting and maiden saving is not quite so heroic a deed as legend leads us to believe. Ansel, the mute, and Else, the offered maiden, are wonderful main characters who grow in character both in maturity and spiritually as does the at first, somewhat villainous Brock. Unfortunately, the antagonist is played by a Friar who is greedy, selfish and used his position and religion when it suits him best for his own purposes. The dragon is the foe and always is but he is not the protagonist anymore than a bear in the woods would have been. The book starts off slowly and does take time for the story to settle in and the action to take grip, but once all the characters are on the mountain we were hooked and ready by the time the dragon made his first appearance. A few bits of gory scenes as a horse and man are eaten but nothing overdone. DS wants a sequel but I've told him we have to enjoy books that are just a story all by themselves sometimes. I'm glad it is a standalone and enjoyed it as a readaloud as well.
Date published: 2012-02-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Here Lies ArthurSchool Library Journal Best Book of 2008Booklist Editors' Choice for 2008ALA Best Book for Young AdultsALA Notable Children's Book for 2009USBBY Outstanding International Book 2009Winner of the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal"Smart teens will love this." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"A multi layered tour de force..." -School Library Journal, starred review"Arthurian lore has inspired many novels for young people, but few as arresting or compelling as this one." -Booklist, starred review