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No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve
  

No Such Thing As Dragons

Philip Reeve

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This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur, winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy fiction, but one that is spectacularly different – one that has a very contemporary perspective.

Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very existence he doubts. But is his doubt misguided? Ansel and Brock climb the perilous ice face to find out the truth once and for all. How myths become reality and the impact they have on people’s lives fuels this witty and original story from the master craftsman of Mortal Engines. It’s a classic novel for children from a monster talent.

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Synopsis

No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve

This is a dragon story with a brilliant twist from multi award-winning writer, Philip Reeve. Ansel's new master slays dragons for a living. He says he's hunted the monstrous worms all over Christendom and has the scars to prove it. But is Brock just a clever trickster in shining armour? Ansel is sure there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating creature that makes its lair in the crags of Dragon Mountain? Ansel and Brock must climb the ice face to discover the terrifying truth.

Reviews

A message from multi-prize winning author, Frank Cottrell Boyce on reading No Such thing as Dragons:
‘Philip Reeve’s imagination is electrifying’

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’

‘A bold, brightly honed narrative that grabs and holds the attention from the start’

‘If you’ve never read a Philip Reeve novel before, you’re in for a treat. His storytelling abilities are accomplished and his use of language most ingenious – and irreverent’

‘A masterpiece’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A majestic achievement’ Sunday Times

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ Amanda Craig, The Time

About the Author

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him.

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Click here to see a Philip talking about his new adventure book, Oliver and the Seawigs, a collaboration with Sarah McIntyre.

Philip Reeve's fiction publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

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Format

Paperback
224 pages

Author

Philip Reeve
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Author's Website

www.philip-reeve.com/

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Publisher

Scholastic

Publication date

6th September 2010

ISBN

9781407142876

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