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The book takes place in medieval times. Alys, a teenager, lives with her father (her mom died when she was born) above the blacksmith's shop where her father works. Suddenly, the villagers, for no reason at all, decide that she is a witch. At her trial, her father drops dead from the strain of it. The villagers then take her and tie her to a post on a mountain so a dragon will eat her. She manages to work her way loose from her bindings. She is trying to think of what to do, when a dragon swoops down. Here's an excerpt from the book:
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Her first inclination was to hope the dragon hadn't seen the torches and that she'd have time to run under cover of the nearby trees... Then she realized the dragon hadn't seen her, and that if she stayed still for a few moments longer, she was free. But she was soaked to the skin and cold, and she hadn't eaten anything since early morning, and she was an orphan with nowhere, absolutely nowhere, to go. And she remembered the wolves. Her choices, as she saw them, were to die quick or to die slow. She chose quick. Standing, she flung a rock with all her might. "You stupid dragon!" she screamed. "Come and get me!"

The dragon picks her up and carries her over to a haystack by a deserted farm. He then transformed into a human. He told her that his name is Selendrile and that dragons can change into any animal they like. Although dragons aren't supposed to meddle in human affairs, he decides to help her get revenge on the villagers.
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After Alys is is sentenced to death by a dragon after being accused of witchcraft she finds herself tied to a stake in a field awaiting death. When the dragon comes Alys finds that he can change into a man. The dragon agrees to help her get revenge. Alys must decide if she realy wants revenge against some of her old friends.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 25%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 15% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Adversaries are…    -   dragon buddy Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) GIANT monster(s)    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   She's a human, he's a magical being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   17th century    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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