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The villain keeper, Laurie McKay

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The villain keeper
Title
The villain keeper
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Laurie McKay
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Language
eng
Summary
Nothing is more important to Prince Caden of Razzon than slaying a dragon, but his quest proves more difficult than he thought when he and his nemesis, the sorceress Brynne, are unexpectedly trapped in magicless Asheville, North Carolina
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  • Grades 5-7 Prince Caden is the youngest son of the king and knows he must slay a dragon before he can become a member of the elite paladin and defend his homeland. However, he and his horse—along with a young sorceress, Brynne—are caught in a spell and sent to an otherworldly place: Asheville, North Carolina, where there is no magic. The two young people must figure out a way to return home, but all is not as it seems in Asheville. When the math teacher reveals himself to be the sinister Rath Dunn, banished for his crimes, and the headmaster may very well be an ancient dragon in disguise, Caden and Brynne become unlikely allies with foster kid Tito in a race against time and evil. McKay provides imaginative world building and explores interesting themes: friendship, the power of language, and honor. While some of the plot is predictable and characterizations are not deeply developed, kids will still delight in Caden’s adventures and struggles. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — In the middle of the night, Caden's father, King Axel of Razzon, wakes him and sends him out in the cold to slay a dragon. Caden rides atop his gallant stallion Sir Horace, proud to be on a quest that will make him an elite paladin and respected like his seven older brothers. But things are not as straightforward as they seem. Just as Caden is about to encounter an evil red dragon, he falls through a magic hole and bumps down, along with the young and uncontrollable sorceress Brynne, into current day Ashville, North Carolina. They are confused by this land with no magic and strange rules. Caden finds himself in foster care and attending a school where he begins to see this world is not as it first appeared. His math teacher, Rath Dunn, is a rival of King Axel and seems to have an evil plan to return to the kingdom. The principal is a mighty dragon, who will eat those with whom she is displeased, and the whole school is a place of exile for evildoers of his kingdom. Like a reversed version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , this fantasy invites readers to look at their own world with an eye to magic. The plot has enough suspense and twists to keep momentum to the end and leaves enough questions to make room for a sequel. A worthy, though not outstanding, new fantasy series.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA --Clare A. Dombrowski (Reviewed November 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 11, p104)
  • Determined to gain both his father's approval and the title of Elite Paladin, 12-year-old Prince Caden embarks on a quest to slay a dragon—and ends up in a different and very strange universe. Alas, a mysterious spell thwarts his plans almost instantaneously, sending him, his horse and Brynne, a former playmate and budding dark (but not evil) sorceress, to Asheville, North Carolina. The young prince quickly discovers that middle school can be as dangerous as any quest, particularly when the math teacher is an evil tyrant, the lunch ladies are witches, and the placement counselor is a dragon. Caden and Brynne land in foster care, where they make like-minded friends who will, they hope, help them defeat the resident evil and return home. While primarily a lighthearted coming-of-age fantasy, the book offers surprising moments of depth focusing on familial relationships or the lack thereof. Unfortunately, while the plot is entertaining, there are missteps. The characters frequently seem to know more than they should, and the narrative is weighted down by unnecessary back story. Finally, the mystery is revealed too early, robbing the narrative of energy. While perhaps not enough to sink this new series entirely, the cumulative effect does diminish its power. A promising new series gets off to a shaky start; here's hoping subsequent volumes smooth out the ride. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10392467
Cataloging source
DLC
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McKay, Laurie
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The last dragon charmer
Series volume
book 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princes
  • Heroes
  • Dragons
  • Magic
  • Asheville (N.C.)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The villain keeper, Laurie McKay
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1065240
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume..
Isbn
9780062308436
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014038650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062308436
  • (OCoLC)892728357
Label
The villain keeper, Laurie McKay
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1065240
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume..
Isbn
9780062308436
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014038650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062308436
  • (OCoLC)892728357

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