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Dragon rider. The griffin's feather

Feder eines Greifs. English

Dragon rider The griffin's feather

Griffin's feather

Dragon rider ;

Drachenreiter (Series). English ;
Dragon rider. The griffin's feather
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018.
Physical Description:
393 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Dragon rider ; [book 2]

Drachenreiter (Series). English ; 2.
General Note:
Original German text © Cornelia Funke 2016. English translation by Anthea Bell © Corneilia Funke 2016.

First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Chicken House. First edition, August 2018.

Translation of: Feder eines Greifs.

Sequel to: Dragon rider.
Ben and his adopted parents are devoting their lives to protecting rare and fabulous creatures (like dragons) and at the moment they are trying to save the last of the winged horses, Pegasus unicus; there are three eggs, but without their mother they will not survive and the only hope is to obtain a Griffin feather--but Griffins are enemies of the dragons, and may not be willing to help.
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It's now been two years since Ben and Firedrake defeated Nettlebrand and rescued the silver dragons. Both boy and dragon have finally found homes, but they must live hundreds of miles apart and can only see each other every once in a while.

During one such visit, news reaches Ben, the Greenblooms, and their friends that the last Pegasus in the world has been discovered. The legendary horse has three unhatched eggs with him, but the only way they'll ever hatch -- and continue the survival of this incredible magical species -- is to place them under a griffin's feather. But griffins are the most dangerous creatures in the world, and their mortal enemies are dragons...

Ben has vowed not to tell Firedrake about his quest, to protect him. But as he and the Greenbloom team set off for a remote island where the terrible griffins are rumored to live, he may just need the help of his best friend and dragon...

Author Notes

Author Cornelia Maria Funke was born in Dorsten, Germany on December 10, 1958. After graduating from the University of Hamburg, she worked as a social worker for three years. After completing a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a children's book illustrator and designed board games.

Her desire to draw magical worlds and her disappointment over the way some stories were written inspired her to write her own children's books. Her book, The Thief Lord, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the best translated children's book of the year and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. She has also received the Book Sense Children's Literature Award for Inkheart and Inkspell.

Funke has written numerous books including Dragon Rider, When Santa Fell to Earth, Igraine The Brave, Reckless, Saving Mississippi, Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Igraine the Brave, and The Princess Knight. Inkheart was adapted into a film. Cornelia Funke was voted into the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2005.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Dragon rider Ben Greenbloom feels an emptiness in his heart being away from his silver dragon, Firedrake. But when he and his family discover the last Pegasi in the world who need the precious sun feather of a Griffin to hatch, he must lie to the dragon. Griffins and dragons are mortal enemies. Ben and his father Barnabas along with a motley crew including a troll, a rat, and a homunculus (the last of his kind), attempt to complete this dangerous quest which takes them to a remote island ruled by the cruel "lion birds." Most of the characters are familiar from Funke's Dragon Rider and this book does not disappoint as a sequel with suspenseful adventure, creative characters, and the mixing of the modern world with the fantastical. Even those who have not read the previous work will enjoy delving into this world, as enough background is given for it to be a standalone. Detailed black-and-white drawings curve around and throughout the text, adding visual context for the story. Well-chosen quotes from various famous modern and ancient literary works perch on each chapter heading. A glossary of the myriad human and animal characters allow readers easy reference as needed throughout. VERDICT A not-to-be-missed fantasy by an author who is master of her craft.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

To save the eggs of the last Pegasus, 14-year-old Ben Greenbloom seeks a griffin's sun feather the only hope for the foals' survival. Although he longs to be with Firedrake the dragon, Ben keeps his quest secret to avoid endangering his friend. Ben journeys with Barnabas (his adopted father), Twigleg the homunculus, Hothbrodd the troll, and rat aviator Lola Graytail to search for the elusive griffins in the islands of Indonesia. The few griffins who remain are dominated by megalomaniac Kraa, who captures Ben and his friends and threatens to sell or kill them. Though the protagonist and his companions have strengths as well as quirks, Kraa seems over-the-top evil and is not especially compelling. Black-and-white drawings complement this story, for children who enjoy adventures with fantastic creatures. Those who have read Dragon Rider (2004) may have an easier time tracking the many characters (the appendix is more than 20 pages long!). A conservationist message is made explicit throughout the book, and the occasionally preachy tone may distract from the story.--Young, Michelle Copyright 2018 Booklist