THE DRAGON TREE by Jane Langton


Age Range: 8 - 12
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When Concord’s new tree warden cuts down all the trees next door, Eddy and Georgie marshal a band of knights to guard the magic tree that sprouts in their own yard. It is more than 40 years since the Halls had their first fantastic adventures, and they have grown up some. Now in sixth grade, Georgie is as determined as ever; high-schooler Eddy likes to announce his actions as grand gesture. The narrative reflects Langton’s appreciation for nature and all things Thoreau, whose concept of the great dragon tree of mythology allows for some entertaining play with snippets of many different stories. Readers will recognize the fairy-tale elements behind the parallel plotline involving Emerald, the neighbor’s captive maid-of-all-work. In spite of Eddy’s baggy pants and gold ear stud, the infusion of these traditional tales and the 1960s-era children, with their imaginative play and willingness to cross age and grade lines, don’t sit very comfortably in the 21st century. Not the best place to begin reading the Hall Family Chronicles but good for fans. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-082341-2
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008


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