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Title:
Lily Quench and the dragon of Ashby
Author:
Prior, Natalie Jane, 1963-
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 2004.

©1999
Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Lily Quench, the last of a family of dragon slayers, befriends the dragon she is sent to kill and together they join forces against an evil tyrant.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 4.0 78914.
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ISBN:
9780142400203
Format :
Book

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Summary

As a family of dragon slayers, the Quenches of Ashby have always been burning successes...until the evil Black Count invades, and the family's fortunes go into a downward spiral. Then a dragon unexpectedly arrives and Lily, the last of the Quenches, is called upon to fight it. Soon she finds herself on a desperate, magical quest to save Ashby from destruction-and restore the lost heir to his throne...


Author Notes

Natalie Prior was born in November 1963. She has been writing compulsively since she was a child and became a full-time children's author in 1992. Prior is the author of numerous books for many ages and has been published in more than 20 countries. Her work includes the internationally successful Lily Quench series, which has well over half a million copies in print, and which was broadcast on BBC Radio in 2006; The Minivers series; and picture books, including Pom Pom and The Paw . Natalie lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, daughter, and two long-haired red miniature dachshunds.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This spry caper launches the Lily Quench series, first published in Australia and New Zealand. Its plucky heroine is the sole survivor of the Quench family, whose members possess dragon-slaying powers that have long protected the royal family of Ashby. But the kingdom has been overtaken by the Black Count, who killed Lily's father and who has replaced the botanical gardens (the beloved workplace of her mother, who subsequently died of a broken heart) with a dark and filthy factory where the townsfolk labor from dawn to dusk. When a dragon descends on Ashby, the Black Count's minions give Lily orders to slay it. To Lily's astonishment, the benign beast befriends her and even brings her to the "Pool in the Cave of Secrets." There an oracle informs her of the whereabouts of Prince Alwyn, heir to the throne of Ashby, who vanished after the Black Count's invasion. Lily also discovers that she, as the last of the Quenches, must be the one to place the crown on the prince's head to restore him to power and vanquish the evil regime. Though its cast includes several stock villains, this tale moves at a quick clip and incorporates moments of solid suspense and a few wry quips. The line drawings, reminiscent of Quentin Blake, play up the pert sensibility. Accordingly, fans of light fantasy will probably want to move on to Lily Quench and the Black Mountains (-240021-1) and Lily Quench and the Treasure of Mote Ely (-240022-X), also due this month. Ages 8-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved