Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

I think this book is one of the most straightforward titles I've ever read. What happens in this book? Well, Jeremy Thatcher hatches a dragon. Jeremy is twelve, and likes to draw. He's trying to escape bullies when one day he stumbles into a magic shop that he's never seen before. That's how he ends up with a dragon's egg - or how the dragon's egg ends up with him. He must quickly out how to care for his dragon while keeping her a secret - which is not easy as she grows bigger and bigger...

For some reason, I thought that this book had a lot of similarities to Hanging on to Max. Has anyone ever read Jeremy Thatcher as a teenage father? Keeping it a secret, trying to take care of something tiny and defenseless, parents not understanding, having to figure out if you can keep it or not, and (in the end, spoiler alert) ultimately giving the baby/dragon up for a better life, and the depression that follows.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

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