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How to Train Your Dragon #5: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale Award-winning author/illustrator

by Cressida Cowell (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 7 - 12 years

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Product Description

An August heatwave has struck the Isle of Berk, and some say it is a deadly omen of fire-terror and dread. Well, it’s the Old Wrinkly who says that, actually… but for once he’s right! The Fire Egg has been stolen by a cunning thief, and now the volcano on Volcano Island has awoken… hatching the hidden eggs of the terrible sabre-clawed Exterminator dragons. Terror and laughs are afoot!

  • Laughs and thrills with our favourite nerdy hero
  • A wonderful mix of humour, suspense and excitement
  • Hilarious writing paired with witty pencil cartoons
  • Hiccup’s books are now major Hollywood films

Product Details

Series

How to Train Your Dragon (book 5)

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780340999110

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books

Date published

February 4th, 2010

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.9; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 256 pages
Condition

New

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Author/Illustrator

Cressida Cowell

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Cressida grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The island had no roads, houses or electricity. For the first four years, the family would be dropped off like castaways on the island by a local boatman and picked up again two weeks later. Imagine being like Robinson Crusoe and having a whole island to yourself to explore…

By the time Cressida was eight, the family had built a small stone house on the island, so they no longer had to camp out in tents, which made life much drier. Her father got a boat, so they could fish for enough food to feed the family for the whole summer.

Every year, Cressida spent the long summer holiday, and some of the spring, on the island. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no electricity, telephone or television, so Cressida and the family lived like people in the olden days. In the evening, Cressida’s father told the children old Scottish tales about the people who lived on the islands round about, who were always fighting and tricking each other, and about dragons living in caves in the cliffs.

Cressida spent her time writing stories, fishing for things to eat, and exploring the island looking for these dragons. These childhood experiences (quite apart from her fluency in Old Norse, of course), made her delighted to be approached to translate the Hiccup memoirs…

After leaving school Cressida studied English at university, and then got degrees in graphic design and illustration at art college. For her final project at art school she created a childrens’ book called Little Bo Peep’s Library Book and was lucky enough to have that book published in 1998. She has gone on to write ten more picture books, including the popular Emily Brown stories, which won the Nestle Childrens’ Book Prize in 2006.

In 2002 she began to write a book for older children. Remembering the stories she had written on the island as a child, these ideas became the book How to Train Your Dragon. There are now nine books in the Hiccup series, and a DreamWorks Animation film of How to Train Y0ur Dragon came out in 2010!

Cressida lives in London with her husband, three children and a hamster.

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    Monkeyboy7
    on 13 December 2013

    This is an amazing book and you should definitely read it!! It is extremely funny and exciting. I have read all of the How to train your Dragon books.

    5out of 5