September 2011, Tamarind
122 pages, Paperback
Themes: life in space, cosmic travel, single parent family, fear of magic, dragons, evil dragon hunters, family, connections, moderate peril, a touch of cuteness, a lot of humour.
Summary from Random House Children's books
Oscar can't believe his ears when Ferris Fleet tells him that dragons aren't just fairy-tales, but it's true: dragons are really real, and hundreds once called World Nine home.
But that was before the Dragon-Chasers came; before they hunted down almost every dragon alive to steal their eggs and their gleaming rainbow skin. Now Fleet, and his friends are doing everything they can to protect what few remain.
Oscar wants to help - and he may just get his chance. Because a stranger's arrived in Lonelyheart - a man who gives Oscar the creeps. A man they say is a hunter and a poacher, a man who wears a coat of gleaming rainbows...
Oscar might not go to school, and his mother might be able to teach his leassons, but there isn't osomeone at hand when he needs help protect his littler sister and a dragon. There are lots of fun elements to Oscar's home, magical elements which I'm hoping might unravel in other stories. This gets 9/10 from me.
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For more magical fun, this time in an unmagical world, try Witch Baby and Me at School by Debi Gliori