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The Resource The mark of the dragonfly, Jaleigh Johnson

The mark of the dragonfly, Jaleigh Johnson

Label
The mark of the dragonfly
Title
The mark of the dragonfly
Statement of responsibility
Jaleigh Johnson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands
Storyline
Review
  • Grades 6-9 It is a harsh life for Piper, an orphan who makes her living salvaging meteor-storm debris and repairing small machines in Scrap Town #16. When she rescues an unconscious girl, Anna, from the wreckage of a travelers’ caravan and discovers that the girl is under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly Territories, Piper knows that returning Anna to her family is the perfect chance for her to start a new life. But getting there will require a trip on the expensive and dangerous 401, a beautiful old train with mysterious guards. And that’s not their only roadblock: Anna has lost her memory. And a strange, intense man who will stop at nothing to capture her is hot on her heels. Part Firefly and part Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn (2004), this alternate-world novel is full of mechanical wonders, magical people, and unambiguous good guys and bad guys. Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers with a taste for steampunk. -- Willey, Paula (Reviewed 03-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 13, p71)
  • /* Starred Review */ Merging elements of dystopia, steampunk, and fantasy, this magnetic middle-grade debut imagines an alien world where 13-year-old Piper survives by working as a scrapper, salvaging artifacts left behind by meteor storms. Her life transforms when she rescues a mysterious girl in the aftermath of one such storm: Anna is brilliant yet disoriented, and she sports a tattoo signifying that she is held under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly territories. Piper knows that a reward awaits her if she returns Anna safely to her home. Yet passage on board the 401, a mile-long armored train, is beyond their grasp, and Anna is also being pursued by a ruthless, ominous man. With a setting drawn from an industrial revolution still in birthing pains, Johnson's narrative is marked by colloquial language and blends societal decay with a sense of burgeoning technological innovation. Piper and her new ally, the enigmatic Gee, exhibit maturity and resourcefulness at every turn in a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 3, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 09, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Heart, brains and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum. Thirteen-year-old Piper is a forthright machinist in dismal Scrap Town Number Sixteen (as charming as it sounds). Her skill at machine repair is unsurpassed, but the recent loss of her father has left her orphaned, with a need to trade destitution for something greener. While scavenging debris left by a violent meteor storm, Piper finds an unconscious girl, Anna, who wakes with severe amnesia and a propensity for analytical chatter and who bears the dragonfly tattoo given to those in the king's inner circle. When a menacing man comes looking for Anna, the girls board the 401 (an antique locomotive run by a motley crew), radically accelerating Piper's plans for a new life. Though Piper is initially driven by the prospect of a reward for returning Anna to what she assumes is a wealthy home, the staggeringly different girls eventually form a bond far stronger than just strategic alliance. Though there are initial echoes of Hunger Games–ian dystopian despair, these are quickly absolved as the book becomes something all its own. Consistent and precise attention to detail, from the functioning of a security system to the communicative abilities of a telepathic species, thrills. This is foremost a rugged adventure story, but there is a splash of romance (and a fabulous makeover scene). A well-imagined world of veritable adventure. (Steampunk. 11-15)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10301214
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Jaleigh
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.J63214
LC item number
Mar 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fantasy
  • Imaginary places
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The mark of the dragonfly, Jaleigh Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn847537373
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780385376150
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2013019716
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)847537373
Label
The mark of the dragonfly, Jaleigh Johnson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn847537373
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780385376150
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2013019716
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)847537373

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