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Dec 16 2015

How to fight a dragon's fury by Cressida Cowell

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How to Train Your Dragon, bk 12. Hodder Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781444916584
(Age: 11-13) Recommended. How to fight a dragon's fury is a fiction chapter book, about a boy named Hiccup, his dragons, Alvin the Treacherous and his enemy, Dragon Furious.
Hiccup has to go on a treacherous journey to be crowned King of the Wilderwest before Alvin. Can Hiccup also stop the Dragon Rebellion? He is quickly running out of time, and after having a bump on his head which made him forget his mission, how is it possible to beat Alvin the Treacherous and his mother with the Excellinor?
Hiccup is the main character who goes through many difficulties, such as when some sand sharks come and shoot poisonous darts at him and his dragons Toothless, Woodensfang and the Hogfly. With Vampire Spy Dragon hanging around like a vulture it seem impossible to get out! Or is it?
The Hogfly flies up attempting to catch the darts but one hits him. Instead of falling asleep, Hogfly swells up like a Balloon and the dart bounces off him harmlessly, hits one of the sand sharks making it fall asleep to its own defence system.
My favourite part of the book is when Hiccup and his enemy Dragon Furious talk it up and Hiccup tries to stop the Dragon Rebellion. Just as Hiccup convinces the great Dragon, Alvin and his mother try to start the rebellion again. With some persistence Hiccup manages to end the Dragon Rebellion forever and becomes King of the Wilderwest!
I really enjoyed this book because it was full of mystery, adventure and fear. The best part was that it seemed I was looking through Hiccup's eyes and I think that is a great way to engage the reader.
I recommend this book for 11-13 year olds.
Amelie M. (Year 7 student)

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