Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters #1)

by Tracey West (Author) Graham Howells (Illustrator)

Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Dragon Masters

The DRAGON MASTERS series is How to Train Your Dragon meets the DRAGON SLAYERS' ACADEMY!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?

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Kirkus Reviews

The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist — who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? — all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--In this heavily illustrated chapter book series for newly independent readers, eight-year-old Drake is chosen by the magical Dragon Stone to train dragons along with three other Dragon Masters-in-training. The four students must learn to connect with their dragons and discover their unique powers.

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In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabulary is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here.

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USA Today bestselling series!

Praise for DRAGON MASTERS #1:

Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text. - Library Media Connection 

Praise for BRANCHES books:

These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections. -School Library Journal 

A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books. - Booklist

Tracey West
Tracey West is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Dragon Masters, for Scholastic Branches. She has written more than 400 books for children, including the Underdogs series, illustrated by Kyla May; the Pixie Tricks series, illustrated by Xavier Bonet, and the perennially popular Pokémon chapter books. She lives with her husband, adopted dogs, and chickens in the western Catskill mountains of New York State.
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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
August 20, 2014
Dragon Masters
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
JUV002270 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
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