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Dragon castle /

by Bruchac, Joseph.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011Description: 346 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780803733763; 0803733763.Subject(s): Princes -- Juvenile fiction | Wisdom -- Juvenile fiction | Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction | Dragons -- Juvenile fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction | Fantasy | Chapter books | Fantasy fictionSummary: Young Prince Rashko, frequently frustrated with his family which he has come to think of as a pack of fools, learns they are not as witless as he thought when his parents disappear leaving him to manage the castle and kingdom.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Young Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family - no one does any thinking but him! The kingdom and castle seem to be in the hands of fools. So when Rashko's parents mysteriously disappear and the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle walls, it is up to the young prince to save the day. But there is more to this castle and its history than meets the eye, and Rashko will have to embrace his ancestry, harness a dragon, and use his sword-fighting skills to stop the baron and save the kingdom. Along the way, he realizes that his family is not quite as stupid as he always thought.<br> <br> Master storyteller Joseph Bruchac, known for his smart, gripping Native American books, here combines his signature action and adventure with a large dose of humor, which just brings this story to a whole new level.

Publisher's Weekly, April 2011

Young Prince Rashko, frequently frustrated with his family which he has come to think of as a pack of fools, learns they are not as witless as he thought when his parents disappear leaving him to manage the castle and kingdom.

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Horn Book Review

Rashko, the younger -- and only sensible -- son of a goodhearted but dim king and queen, finds responsibility heavy on his shoulders when his parents are enchanted away to the Silver Lands just as their kingdom is threatened by the wicked Baron Temny, who seeks to marry his sorcerous daughter to Rashko's goodhearted but dim brother Paulek. The Baron wants something that was bequeathed to the brothers by their ancestor Pavol, who defeated a dragon and initiated a long reign of peace. Meanwhile, alternating chapters tell Pavol's own story: when his parents are murdered by the invading Dark Lord, Pavol prepares to avenge them under his disguise as Pavol the Foolish. The two narratives encourage parallels, helped along by a mysterious tapestry that shows Pavol's life but also elements from Rashko's; frequent hints in Rashko's narration (unremarked on by Rashko himself) suggest not only that the kingdom is less unprotected than he believes but also that his parents and brother are less feebleminded than he takes them for. While the reader assembles pieces of the puzzle over Rashko's head, Rashko assembles the puzzle of what the Baron is after -- and how to defeat the Baron while remaining true to his peace-loving ancestor Pavol. Gypsy proverbs and frequent interjections add a Slovak flavor to the mountain setting, while humor enlivens the tone -- Pavol's encounter with the dragon is a particularly amusing set piece. The plot coheres into one magnificent whole as the various strands combine for a triumphal finish. anita l. burkam (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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