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The Mark of the Dragonfly Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Johnson, Jaleigh
ISBN: 0385376472     ISBN-13: 9780385376471
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2015
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Annotation: Scavenging objects from barely veiled parallel universes to support herself in the dangerous outer provinces, Piper discovers an unconscious, well-dressed stranger from another land and embarks on a life-changing journey. A first children's book.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fantasy.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015028633
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 386 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 165312
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 14.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63827
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 22.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
When Piper finds an unconscious girl with a royal tattoo, she thinks she has found a way out of poverty by returning the girl for a reward, but only if the two can stow away on a dangerous train. Piper's determination and wit coupled with imaginative world-building make this a diverting read, despite a rushed ending that wraps up too neatly.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 March #1)

Merging elements of dystopia, steampunk, and fantasy, this magnetic middle-grade debut imagines an alien world where 13-year-old Piper survives by working as a scrapper, salvaging artifacts left behind by meteor storms. Her life transforms when she rescues a mysterious girl in the aftermath of one such storm: Anna is brilliant yet disoriented, and she sports a tattoo signifying that she is held under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly territories. Piper knows that a reward awaits her if she returns Anna safely to her home. Yet passage on board the 401, a mile-long armored train, is beyond their grasp, and Anna is also being pursued by a ruthless, ominous man. With a setting drawn from an industrial revolution still in birthing pains, Johnson's narrative is marked by colloquial language and blends societal decay with a sense of burgeoning technological innovation. Piper and her new ally, the enigmatic Gee, exhibit maturity and resourcefulness at every turn in a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Merging elements of dystopia, steampunk, and fantasy, this magnetic middle-grade debut imagines an alien world where 13-year-old Piper survives by working as a scrapper, salvaging artifacts left behind by meteor storms. Her life transforms when she rescues a mysterious girl in the aftermath of one such storm: Anna is brilliant yet disoriented, and she sports a tattoo signifying that she is held under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly territories. Piper knows that a reward awaits her if she returns Anna safely to her home. Yet passage on board the 401, a mile-long armored train, is beyond their grasp, and Anna is also being pursued by a ruthless, ominous man. With a setting drawn from an industrial revolution still in birthing pains, Johnson's narrative is marked by colloquial language and blends societal decay with a sense of burgeoning technological innovation. Piper and her new ally, the enigmatic Gee, exhibit maturity and resourcefulness at every turn in a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 4–8—In the future and on a ruined planet, orphaned Piper lives alone, making her living from mending the scraps she finds after the deadly meteor showers and dust storms that beleaguer the towns on the outskirts of civilization. She has an almost magical ability to fix things, mechanized things especially-it's as though the objects want to be mended by Piper, and sometimes they will work only for her. One day Piper finds a young girl who is silent, amnesiac, and in terror of the man who hunts her. Marked by the tattoo of a dragonfly, the girl can't hide until Piper spirits her away and, with the help of Gee (who can transform at will from handsome teenager to flying dragon), the stowaway girls find a safe home on steam train 401, hurtling through the hostile countryside towards King Aron's kingdom. Johnson has brilliantly taken the dystopian genre to a level accessible to tween readers. The Mark of the Dragonfly is a fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic with steampunk elements and a little romance thrown in. The landscapes the girls pass through are imaginatively depicted and cinematically described (streets lit by glowing "night eye flowers"). Fierce battles are tempered with humor, and Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot!—Jane Barrer, United Nations International School, New York City

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