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How to Train Your Dragon #9: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword Award-winning author/illustrator

by Cressida Cowell (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product Description

Bad times have come to the Archipelago. Ever since the woods of Berserk burned down, it seems as if the world is cursed. Dragons are revolting against their Masters. Old Wrinkly is missing; and the waters have risen, flooding fields and washing villages away. Worst of all, the wicked witch Excellinor has returned. And she wants Hiccup’s sword…

  • Laughs and thrills with our favourite nerdy hero
  • A wonderful blend of humour, suspense and excitement
  • Heartfelt story of doing the right thing, even when it’s hard
  • “Thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated” – Daily Express

Product Details

Series

How to Train Your Dragon (book 9)

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781444900941

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books

Date published

October 6th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.3; Middle years; 8.0 points

Condition

New

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  • How to Train Your Dragon Pack x 12

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Author/Illustrator

Cressida Cowell

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Cressida grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The island had no roads, houses or electricity. For the first four years, the family would be dropped off like castaways on the island by a local boatman and picked up again two weeks later. Imagine being like Robinson Crusoe and having a whole island to yourself to explore…

By the time Cressida was eight, the family had built a small stone house on the island, so they no longer had to camp out in tents, which made life much drier. Her father got a boat, so they could fish for enough food to feed the family for the whole summer.

Every year, Cressida spent the long summer holiday, and some of the spring, on the island. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no electricity, telephone or television, so Cressida and the family lived like people in the olden days. In the evening, Cressida’s father told the children old Scottish tales about the people who lived on the islands round about, who were always fighting and tricking each other, and about dragons living in caves in the cliffs.

Cressida spent her time writing stories, fishing for things to eat, and exploring the island looking for these dragons. These childhood experiences (quite apart from her fluency in Old Norse, of course), made her delighted to be approached to translate the Hiccup memoirs…

After leaving school Cressida studied English at university, and then got degrees in graphic design and illustration at art college. For her final project at art school she created a childrens’ book called Little Bo Peep’s Library Book and was lucky enough to have that book published in 1998. She has gone on to write ten more picture books, including the popular Emily Brown stories, which won the Nestle Childrens’ Book Prize in 2006.

In 2002 she began to write a book for older children. Remembering the stories she had written on the island as a child, these ideas became the book How to Train Your Dragon. There are now nine books in the Hiccup series, and a DreamWorks Animation film of How to Train Y0ur Dragon came out in 2010!

Cressida lives in London with her husband, three children and a hamster.

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    bookaholic202
    on 8 March 2014

    Excellinor really freaks me out. And the dragons and humans are fighting.

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    coolcars
    on 11 October 2012

    I loved this book. The book takes a good turn then a bad turn. You will enjoy this read.

    5out of 5
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    AmyXx
    on 7 March 2012

    Haven’t read this yet but i don’t think i will because i just hated the film!

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    winnie7w
    on 3 March 2012

    AWSOME!!

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    angelslater
    on 2 March 2012

    this book is really good and my brother has the film so i get to watch it aswell. great!!

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    superskiboy
    on 1 March 2012

    How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword is another funny and hilarious book by Cressida Cowell. I enjoyed this book because Hiccup has so many challenges, and you’re not sure if he can complete them all!!

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    ruudy
    on 1 March 2012

    its good

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    cmiles
    on 24 February 2012

    Id love to read this book!!!