How to Break a Dragon's Heart

Written by Cressida Cowell

Part of the How to Train Your Dragon Series

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The hilarious world of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock 111, a Viking hero with a difference! Armed with his sword the ‘Endeavour’, Hiccup sets out to complete yet another impossible task. (This is his eighth quest and they’ve all been full of swashbuckling daring deeds). This time Hiccup must discover the secret of the Lost Throne and it involves sailing across wild and inhospitable seas, camping in horrible places, battling the Berserks and overcoming any number of other obstacles too. Ridiculous, laugh-out-loud adventures with great comic illustrations to match. If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature. ~ Julia Eccleshare

There’s a major animated film featuring Hiccup - How to train your Dragon - scheduled for March 2010 from Dreamworks.

And a message from a 9 year old:  'This is the funniest book I've read'

How to Break a Dragon's Heart Synopsis

When Fishlegs is caught sending illegal love poems to the daughter of Ug the Uglythug, Hiccup and Fishlegs must complete the Impossible Task or else face death at the hands of the Berserks. Meanwhile, Alvin the Treacherous's mother has been imprisoned deep in the Berserk forest for years holding a dark secret that reveals the truth about the Lost Throne of the Archipelago, as well as some shocking truths about Hiccup's past. Hiccup must battle Berserks, outwit Alvin the Treacherous (again), and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast. What's a Hero to do...?

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How to Break a Dragon's Heart Press Reviews

'One of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time' The Independent

'Laugh-out-loud books, they will convert even the most reluctant reader to take their first dip.' Times Educational Supplement

'Cowell is the new star in children's fiction' Amanda Craig, The Times

'Hilarious' Publishing News

'A fabulous romp' The Bookseller

'Lots and lots for different readers to enjoy' Books for Keeps


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ISBN: 9780340996928
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780340996928
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340996928
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks

About Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather. Every year, Cressida’s family spent four weeks of the summer, and two weeks of the spring, on the island. The family had to catch their own fish to eat. The ...

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