Monday, June 1, 2009
Kidz Book Buzz Tour: The Dragon of Trelian
My daughter and I have enjoyed reading Michelle Knudsen's The Dragon of Trelian together these past few weeks, in anticipation of joining in another tour at KidzBookBuzz.com.
I was a little hesitant to participate in this particular tour. My daughter, who is nearly 12, has never been particularly interested in stories involving dragons, princesses, magic, and kingdoms, etc. She is generally more interested in orphans, pioneers, and contemporary girls. But she was hooked right from the beginning of The Dragon of Trelian. I think it's because one of the main characters, the Princess Meglynne, is a very accessible, likeable, and unprincess-like character.
But more about that tomorrow.
Michelle Knudsen, who blogs here, is the author of this novel and 40 books for children. Her best-known title is Library Lion (Candlewick Press), which was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into several languages. The Dragon of Trelian is written for the middle-grade audience, which I think is entirely appropriate. There's too much romance for it to appeal to kids much younger than 11 (at least the ones I know, and especially boys), but I think slightly older readers would enjoy it, too.
Tomorrow I'll talk more about some of the things we really loved about this novel, and a couple of things I wasn't crazy about. To read what others are saying, visit any or all of the links below:
A Christian Worldview of Fiction, Abby the Librarian, All About Children‚s Books, Becky‚s Book Reviews, Cafe of Dreams, Dolce Bellezza, Homeschool Book Buzz, KidzBookBuzz.com, Novel Teen, Reading is My Superpower, Reading to Know, The 160 Acrewoods, Through a Child's Eyes, Through the Looking Glass Reviews