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Dragon of the Lost Sea [Hardcover]

Laurence Yep
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June 1988
Shimmer, a renegade dragon princess, tries to redeem herself by capturing a witch with the help of a human boy.
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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 the Paperback edition.

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 Globe–Horn 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon of the Lost Sea April 3 2000
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
An intriguing and unique fantasy story based on Chinese mythos, written in Yep's captivating style.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy books I have ever read Dec 13 2000
Format:Paperback
I have always loved reading mythology of all kinds and though I had dabbled a bit in chinese here and there I didn't take a real interest in it until I read this book. The story is told from the point of veiw of Shimmer, an outcast dragon princess who has lost her home, her family, and everything she ever cared about. At first she seems content to wander the world alone and search for a way to help her lost people, but then she meets Thorn, an orphan human boy, who is also somewhat of an outcast among his people. At first they seem an unlikely match, but gradually they begin to understand they are two of a kind and begin to build a strong caring companionship. This book has excelent character development, and breathtaking discriptions, as well as realistic action scenes. The writing is good and easy to comprehend. I would reccamend this book to any fantasy fan, though people 10 to 15 would probably enjoy it best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little bland, especially if you're Chinese... Aug. 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Whenever I read Yep, I think, yep, this is sure good! But I didn't really like Thorn- for one thing, most human heroes would have done what he did-and the Chinese lore had some mistakes-for one thing, Chinese dragons use magic to fly, not wings!(They don't have wings, either.) And their pearls are in their mouths...and they can turn into clouds to rain water...and Shimmer doesn't sound like a Chinese name. And Monkey King's master was not born old! Nor was he called the Old Boy. IF you are looking for a book that's just a little above average,that's slightly bland, with average characters, average boring writing style and great plot ruined by not enough hmmmmm, work, care, then this is it. If you are looking for a book that is deep, thoughtful, and relates to you and manages to be an engrossing story,too, then check out Dragonwings, Child of the Owl, and Thief of Hearts. Not this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little bland especially if you are Chinese. Aug. 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Thorn is like any other fantasy hero. Shimmer is not a Chinese name. Chinese dragons have no wings, and use magic to fly. Their pearls are in their mouth. Monkey King's master was not born old, nor was he called the Old Boy. The plot could have been expanded on, and given depth. Instead, we get the bare bones. IF you are looking for a slightly above average book, with typical characters and boring writing style and ruined plot from work/care malnutrition...pick this up. If you are looking for a deep book that lets you relate to the characters and keeps itself from being boring, pick up Child of the Owl, Thief of Hearts, and Dragonwings. I'm off to get Dragonwings....and off to ditch this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The clash of fantasy May 11 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was a great book. Not one of the best I have read but a good book all together. It is about a Dragon who has had praticlly her whole life taken from her. A demon named Civet has trapped her home in a jewel and now shimmer wants it back. On her journey she meets a boy who is just like her, an outcast left alone by his parents. They end up bonding and Thorn joins her on her quest. Civet has made friends with a powerful wizard. The wizard chases Shimmer through most of the book. At the end of the book, Shimmer defeats Civet, regains the jewel, and her world and life comes back to her. I would suggest this to any fantasy fan.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Humans are usually thought of as the superior creatures to dragons and magicians. But in this book, the tables turn and humans move from the shotgun seat to the back of the bus. Dragons become invinceable creatures. Dragons have their problems too in this book: evil magicians, powers that can be stolen. We liked this book because anything could happen in this fantasy world and because there was the interesting twist that humans were inferior to all other races. We recommend this book for adventurous readers who don't feel the need for humans to be the best. The Newton Boys Reading Circle (Ben, Danny and David)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
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 more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Ashley Lambert-Maberly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
Dragon of the Lost Sea is an excellent fantasy book. It's not too in-depth, but it's still very good. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Becca
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dragons Adventure
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 more
Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Jaslee Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome book
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 flying
Published on March 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of a blowout series...
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 more
Published on May 26 2001 by Adam Gorvin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books
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 more
Published on May 11 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars What a nifty book
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 more
Published on June 15 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The tale of an exiled dragon...
This is a story for all Fantasy-Fiction lovers. It is about an exiled dragon who has lost her home (the Inland Sea). Read more
Published on April 20 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A good first impressing by Laurance Yep
Yep is correct! Laurance Yep is an exectional author. I love books of the Fantasy genre especisally one's that include dragons, magic, and talking animals and beasts. Read more
Published on March 8 2000
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