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THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin


by George R.R. Martin & illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-765-31631-5
Publisher: Starscape/Tom Doherty

A repackaging of a 1980 fantasy story about Adara, a winter child who is called on to save her world from destructive fiery dragons. Seven-year-old Adara has always been a different sort of child. Even her father, who can’t forget that his beloved wife died in childbirth with Adara, admits that his daughter, the one he used to love best, is a cold little girl. She does love the ice dragon who returns each year in winter, and this love is what saves her and her family. When the ice dragon, bearing the little dragon rider, defeats the marauding fire dragons, Adara becomes the warm little girl her father has been missing. Exciting battle scenes and complex psychological back story make this a story for older readers, but the cover art, young heroine, generous typeface and frequent pencil illustrations make this feel like a book for much younger readers. Fantasy readers who want a shorter read might like this offering. (Fiction. 10-14)