Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Review: Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Young Adult

        April 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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My Rating:


Fifteen-year-old Alys is not a witch. But that doesn't matter--the villagers think she is and have staked her out on a hillside as a sacrifice to the local dragon.
It's late, it's cold, and it's raining, and Alys can think of only one thing--revenge. But first she's got to escape, and even if she does, how can one girl possibly take on an entire town alone?
Then the dragon arrives--a dragon that could quite possibly be the perfect ally. . . .


Alys wishes she was a boy so she could help her father with his trade because girls aren't allowed to do such things. When he falls ill and she works the tin shop on her own in secret, she is accused of being a witch. Instead of being burned at the stake, the villagers stake her out as a sacrifice to a young dragon.
This was a very quick read that I quite enjoyed. I seem to have only given it 3 stars but that is because it didn't move me and didn't take much effort to read at all.
There are some morals and lessons to learn from this book which would make it perfect for middle-grade readers. Alys wants revenge and learns that it doesn't make things better at all. I think that is a lesson that kids could learn through literature.
Well, this is going to be a rather short review, since it was a pretty short book and I can't talk about much of anything without giving away most of the story.

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