Book Review: Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke

dragonrider_coverFiredrake, a brave young dragon, his loyal friend Sorrel, and a lonely boy called Ben are united as if by destiny. Together, they embark on a journey to find Firedrake’s people where he can live forever in peace, safe from humans. With only a strange map and the whispered directions of an old dragon, they fly for miles to reach the highest mountains in the world and face a treacherous adventure along the way.

Throughout the journey, they discover courage they never knew they had and make new friends in unlikely places. At first they bicker and argue amongst themselves, but they must soon learn to cooperate and accept each other for who they are. Just as well, for the greatest enemy of all is never far behind. A monster far more powerful than any of the dragons seeks to destroy all of the dragons.

This book is one of those truly remarkable, beautifully written stories that can warm a person from the inside out. While the writing is brilliantly done, the plot line is rather basic and straightforward, making it a better fit for younger readers while still holding the interest of readers of any age.

Cornelia Funke has taken a common and greatly feared mythological creature and put her own unique and intriguing twist on it. Dragons and other fantasy creatures, such as brownies, dwarves, and talking rats, are cleverly integrated into the plot and help drive the plot, keeping the reader interested for the whole story.

This was one of my favorite stories when I was younger, and the many exciting events that form the adventure of Dragon Rider mean there is never a shortage of action and excitement throughout the chapters. I found myself captivated and hurrying to turn every page. This story will have you cheering on your favorite characters, and it will entrance you in excitement and wonder right up until the end.

-Julia D., 8th grade

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