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Dragon war
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 1992.
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313 pages ; 22 cm
The dragon princess Shimmer and her companions fight a war against the evil Boneless King in order to rescue their friend Thorn and restore the dragons' underwater home.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.9 11.0 28467.

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The dragon princess Shimmer and her companions fight a war against the evil Boneless King in order to rescue their friend Thorn and restore the dragons' underwater home.

Author Notes

Laurence Yep was born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1948. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He primarily writes fiction for young adults, but has also written and edited several works for adults. His first novel, Sweetwater, was published in 1973. His other books include Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Shadow Lord, Child of the Owl, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Newbery Medal Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr.6-10. Starting right where Dragon Cauldron left off, Yep's latest finds the three remaining companions, Shimmer, Monkey, and Indigo, plotting to rescue Thorn, whose soul has been imprisoned in the powerful cauldron. Using shape-changing magic, they disguise themselves as dragons, guards, and, finally, horses to enter the palace of the Boneless King. But the king has a new ally, Shimmer's brother Pomfret, who believes the lies of the Boneless King and has turned against Shimmer and friends. In desperation, the three adventurers return to the kingdom of High King of the Dragons for help, and with the dragons, successfully defeat the Boneless King, restore the Inland Sea, and rescue Thorn. As usual, the action and patter are nonstop, but kids who haven't read the earlier books will be hopelessly lost. Otherwise, this is an exciting, satisfying conclusion to a popular series. (Reviewed Apr. 15, 1992)0060203021Candace SmithNonfiction

Publisher's Weekly Review

Monkey opens this narration--part of the saga of the dragons' efforts to reclaim their home--where the events of Dragon Cauldron left off: he and his companions are captives of the Boneless King and the traitorous dragon Pomfret. After several escapes and skirmishes, they gather an army of dragons, defeat the King and reclaim the lost prince, their friend Thorn. Like its predecessors, this fantasy contains numerous inventive touches: the protagonists' changes of form--into horses and even fleas--enable them to elude the evil King; creatures such as the King's animate stone statues, and the fire-rats that scamper among them and heat the stone to breaking-point. The final battle, once joined, combines heart-stopping valor and fiendishly clever contests of wit. But the action to that point is overly drawn out, with a surfeit of near-climactic encounters and a few too many reversals of fortune. Further, readers new to the series may be confused by the characters' sketchy introductions and the complexity of past events alluded to but never clarified. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-- The evil, immortal, Boneless King, inhabiting the body of the human tyrant, Butcher, has declared all-out war on dragonkind. In this concluding volume in the series, Shimmer, the dragon princess, and her friends join her beleaguered kin as they fight for their lives. Monkey, an ebullient trickster-hero from Chinese folklore, recounts harrowing captures; hairsbreadth escapes; clever ruses; vast battles on air, land, and sea; heroic sacrifices; and dizzying, sometimes confusing, shape changes. Thorn, the human boy who has been Shimmer's companion since Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982), who helped her regain the magic cauldron in Dragon Steel (1985), and who sacrificed his body to reforge the cauldron in Dragon Cauldron (1991, all HarperCollins), spends most of this book as the soul of the cauldron, an object of enormous power. With the help of some potent immortals, both Thorn and Shimmer regain their rightful heritage. While the swirl of inventive details may obscure the emotional trajectory, the story provides a rare glimpse of Chinese mythic patterns. Shimmer's adventures continue to emphasize group loyalty over personal honor, and conclude with an audacious scene portraying the ``many worlds of which ours is only one possibility,'' a concept rooted in Taoist and Buddhist thought. Because it would be hard to follow events and character changes without reading the earlier books, this one is recommended where the others have been enjoyed. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.