Dragon of the Lost Sea Hardcover – Jun 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Yep's sweeping fantasy tells of Shimmer, an exiled dragon princess, who must team up with a boy to try to restore her dragon clan's lost home. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of nearly sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate. He is also the author of the Tiger's Apprentice series, The Case of the Firecrackers, Sweetwater, When the Circus Came to Town, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), and The Rainbow People, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award Honor Book.
Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It features an exiled dragon princess named Shimmer, who is impressed by the courage and fairness of a young boy named Thorn. After a warrior of the witch Civet attacks Thorn, Shimmer saves him and takes him away from his abusive master.
Civet once stole the sea belonging to the race of dragons and confined it in a pebble, leaving it a salt-covered wasteland. Shimmer, who has a terrible secret of her own, has decided to find her and reclaim the waters of her home. They set out across the sea and meet the mischievous and irritating Monkey, then find Civet after she floods a village.
The dialogue is snappy and amusing, and the descriptions are well-done, especially the beautiful visions of the dragons' seas, prior to their draining by Civet. Yep strikes an excellent balance between spare prose and descriptive prose, placing each where it belongs.
<b!r>Shimmer's tough shell (she has both a literal and figurative one) is an effective shield against the kind
of hurt that she has suffered in the past, given her rejection prior to this book. Her attempts to rebuff Thorn, or to convince him that she doesn't need his help and can do things perfectly well on her own, are as unconvincing to the readers as they are to Thorn. She needs a friend, though she does not wish to admit it.
An effective counterbalance to her cynicism and I-don't-need-anybody attitude is Thorn, an intelligent and optimistic young boy, who was basically enslaved at an inn with an abusive master. He becomes Shimmer's friend after his rescue, wanting to help her out of sheer kindness. The situations in which he jolts her out of her huffs are entertaining and snappily written.
An excellent, classic fantasy, well worth the while of the reader.
Most recent customer reviews
Dragon of the Lost Sea is, ultimately, nothing more than a quest adventure, but it is elevated by its surprisingly lovely, elegant writing, and distinguished by a Chinese... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Ashley Lambert-Maberly
Dragon of the Lost Sea is an excellent fantasy book. It's not too in-depth, but it's still very good. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Becca
I thought this book was exciting. My favorite part was when the characters were in the caves. I was disappointed in the ending because it left me "hanging".Published on June 10 2003
I read this book a few months ago and I thought it was cute.It was easy reading and I didnt have to take a long time reading it. It is a good adventure story and I liked it. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Jaslee Lord
I think this is an awesome book.It is one of the best book i have ever read .My favorite part is the last part when the dragon takes the boy flyingPublished on March 28 2002
Dragon of the Lost Sea is perhaps one of the best Fantasy books I have ever read.Other reviews say that a pearl called the Mist Stone holds Princess Shimmer's sea (The Inland Sea). Read morePublished on May 26 2001 by Adam Gorvin
This book was my most favorite book I've read.It was very interesting and exciting exspecially when I found out the old lady was a dragon. Read morePublished on May 11 2001
If you like dragons, and are not into the real details about what chinese dragons can and can't do, go ahead and read this book. If you bothered by little details.... Read morePublished on June 15 2000
This is a story for all Fantasy-Fiction lovers. It is about an exiled dragon who has lost her home (the Inland Sea). Read morePublished on April 20 2000