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Dragon's Green

Written by Scarlett Thomas

Part of the Worldquake Series

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LoveReading View on Dragon's Green

In a nutshell: ideas-rich fantasy adventure |  ideal for book-loving youngsters |  

Dragon’s Green is the kind of dazzling fantasy adventure that leads readers effortlessly back and forth between different worlds, throwing up mysteries and challenges for the protagonists at every turn. Scarlett Thomas is completely at ease with the format, holding the plot strands together with an elegant confidence and charm. Effie Truelove is at the centre of a magical mystery involving her family, a secret world and an unpredictable, highly dangerous enemy. In the course of the adventure she dines with a dragon, learns more about her own magical abilities, and makes some good friends. Her story is just the kind of thing that many young readers love and it makes for an excellent bedtime reading with more than enough to intrigue adults too.

This is a book to recommend to readers of Cornelia Funke.  ~ Andrea Reece

Dragon's Green Synopsis

The first in the thrilling new children's series - the Worldquake sequence - from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y. See the world come to life with a magical glow-in-the-dark cover.

'Some people think opening a book is a simple thing. It's not. Most people don't realise that you can get truly lost in a book. You can. Especially you.'


Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares. When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But then shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life ...Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld, unlock the hidden meaning of an old book called Dragon's Green, and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe. But Effie can't face the Diberi alone. Can her new school-friends Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven combine their gifts and discover their true powers in time?

Dragon's Green Press Reviews

The most exciting debut in children's fiction since Harry Potter. Immersive, engaging, original
delightful in its details (a bun shop that serves as a portal to Otherworld a library of Last Editions a Princess School in which girls are trained to be appealing to dragons) playful, warm and yet thrilling, too -- Joanne Harris

A magical adventure that fizzes and crackles with enchantment. I was absolutely bedazzled -- Hilary McKay

An enthralling tale, set in a sprawling world that swallowed me whole -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars

Gorgeous and funny - and a lovely celebration of the magic of books! -- Helen Falconer, author of The Changeling

Praise for other books by Scarlett Thomas:

Ingenious and original... A cracking good yarn fizzing with intelligence -- Philip Pullman

Entrancing ... one of the sharpest fantasies I've encountered -- Neil Gaiman

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ISBN: 9781782117025
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782117025
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Scarlett Thomas
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Scarlett Thomas

Scarlett Thomas has always loved stories, magic and mysterious places. She tried (and failed) to write her first novel when she was six. Since then she has successfully written lots of novels, but this is her first one for children. She lives near the sea in an old house full of books, and is a professor in the English department of the University of Kent. Dragon's Green is the first volume in the Worldquake Sequence. Read a Q&A with Scarlett Thomas about her love of fantasy adventure books and her debut novel, Dragon's Green.

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