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A stunning middle grade fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon and her adventure to save her new home—from Even the Darkest Stars author Heather Fawcett. Perfect for fans of the Nevermoor...
A stunning middle grade fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon and her adventure to save her new home—from Even the Darkest Stars author Heather Fawcett. Perfect for fans of the Nevermoor...
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  • A stunning middle grade fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon and her adventure to save her new home—from Even the Darkest Stars author Heather Fawcett. Perfect for fans of the Nevermoor and His Dark Materials series.

    Ember St. George is a dragon. At least she was before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life.

    Unfortunately, Ember's growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt's research station in frigid Antarctica.

    Though eccentric Aunt Myra takes getting used to, Ember quickly feels at home in a land of ice storms, mischievous penguins, and twenty-four-hour nights. She even finds herself making friends with a girl genius called Nisha and a mysterious orphan named Moss.

    Then she discovers that Antarctica is home to the Winterglass Hunt, a yearly tradition in which rare ice dragons are hunted for their jeweled scales. Furious, Ember decides to join the hunt to sabotage it from the inside.

    But being an undercover dragon isn't easy—especially among dragon hunters. Can a twelve-year-old fire dragon survive the dangers that come her way in the Antarctic wilderness and protect the ice dragons from extinction?

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  • Heather Fawcett is the author of the middle grade novels Ember and the Ice Dragons and The Language of Ghosts, as well as the young adult series Even the Darkest Stars. She has a master's degree in English literature and has worked as an archaeologist, photographer, technical writer, and backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theater festival. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. Visit Heather online at www.heatherfawcettbooks.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    October 7, 2019

    Gr 4-7-In this Victorian fantasy, Ember, an orphaned baby dragon, is rescued by magician Lionel St. George and enchanted to look human so she isn't hunted down like her parents. The jewel-like scales of dragons are an expensive commodity in England and fire dragons like Ember are thought to be extinct. Lionel raises her as his own and all is well until the summer Ember turns 12. The spell that conceals her true identity is wearing thin, and Ember is spontaneously combusting at random moments. To keep safe she decides to visit her Aunt Myra in Antarctica. Ember discovers that Antarctica is not immune to dragon hunters either and now the local ice dragons are near extinction. With two newfound friends, Ember joins the annual Winterglass Hunt in order to covertly sabotage it from the inside. The hunt forces Ember to embrace both sides of her identity and to stop keeping others at a distance. She learns the value of friendship and reconnects with her past in powerful ways. While Ember's redemptive journey to save others from the fate her parents suffered is the main focus, this well-paced adventure also succeeds as an allegory on wildlife conservation. VERDICT This highly readable middle grade fantasy adventure wins with its likable heroine and ecological angle.-Sophie Kenney, Delray Beach Public Library, FL

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2019
    Twelve-year-old Ember tries to save ice dragons and learns her own strength along the way. Infant fire dragon Ember is discovered in Wales by Lionel St. George, a brilliant but error-prone Stormancer and Magician, near the bodies of her slain, fire-dragon parents, hunted down for their valuable scales. To protect her, Lionel casts a spell to disguise Ember as a human child, and she grows up at Chesterfield University, where Lionel teaches. In human form, Ember has the fire dragon's ability to create fire, but she can't control it. Distraught after she burns Lionel's office, Ember decides to live in Antarctica at the research station Lionel's sister runs. Fawcett's story starts out slowly, with a tad too much explanation, but the plot picks up intriguingly as Ember, homesick in Antarctica, is befriended by Nisha, the child of one of the station's scientists, and the mysterious orphan Moss. When Ember learns that there is to be a Winterglass Hunt to kill ice dragons for their scales, she is horrified and determines to sabotage it. Neatly sidestepping tropes and templates, Fawcett's story is full of original details that add depth to the fairly straightforward plot (Montgomery, the enchanted, cantankerous doorknob, is a hoot). But it is the richly nuanced primary and secondary characters, as well as the evenhanded inclusion of females as intelligent scientists, that give the story its richness. The cast is racially varied; Ember, her adoptive family, and Moss read as white while Nisha has brown skin. Fresh and original. (Fantasy. 9-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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