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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 12+
In this sequel to Dragon Rider (2004), Ben, the fourteen-year-old protagonist now lives in Norway with his adoptive family: Vita, Barnabas, and Guinevere Greenbloom who together with their like-minded friends run a refuge for beings of fable and myth. While happy in his new life, Ben misses Firedrake, the dragon he befriended in Book One, who now lives safely in the Himalayas.
When the Greenblooms discover the distressing news that the last winged horses face extinction and that somewhere in Norway there are three eggs containing the foals of the last Pegasus which are in danger, they are determined to try and save them. Their only hope is to procure a sun feather from the vicious and dragon-hating griffins. Not wanting to endanger Firedrake, Ben lies to him about the real aim of their dangerous mission.
Master storyteller Cornelia Funke has created a tale full of exciting adventure which is also infused with a strong environmental conservation message.