ANCIENT, STRANGE, AND LOVELY by Susan Fletcher

ANCIENT, STRANGE, AND LOVELY

From the "Dragon Chronicles" series, volume 4
Age Range: 9 - 12
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In a time not so far from now but within the universe of the Dragon Chronicles, 14-year-old Bryn misses her scientist mom, who has disappeared in Alaska. Her dad has gone searching for her, leaving Bryn with her aunt and her little sister. But an odd sound coming from boxes of her mother’s materials in the basement leads Bryn to a leathery egg--and the hatching of a small, hungry lizard. With wings. The story turns to Tal, who was Bryn’s mother’s research assistant, and to Josh, who makes a living finding fossils--and maybe other things. Pollution is endemic in this world, and swarms of animals and insects appear and vanish. Some teens use tattoos and skin grafts to mimic the appearance of the myriad cancer victims. Told in the first person by Bryn and in the third for Tal and Josh, the tale knits Internet searches, social networking, teenage friendships and ecosphere studies together with an utterly engaging baby dragon. Bryn’s family’s ties to winged creatures and their passion for scientific learning are delineated with swift precision and nuanced emotion. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 2010
ISBN: 970-1-4169-5786-7
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010




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