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THE NEW KID AT SCHOOL by Kate McMullan

THE NEW KID AT SCHOOL

By Kate McMullan (Author) , Bill Basso (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1997
ISBN: 0-448-41727-8
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

 In this first of the Dragon Slayers' Academy series, Wiglaf, the put-upon sensitive son in a family of louts, heads off to school along with his faithful pet pig, Daisy. On the way, he meets a wizard who gives him a magic sword, although he has forgotten the magic words to make it work, and gives Daisy the power of speech (in pig latin). Once at the Academy, Wiglaf discovers that it's not all it's advertised to be, and his first chance to slay a dragon comes all too soon. This lightweight, amusing adventure rattles right along, without pretensions and with, given the series title, a resolution that cleverly avoids violence--Wiglaf slays the dragon with bad jokes. An entertaining confection. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)