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Dragon's Fire

Authors: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey

Part of a series: Dragons of Pern

Publisher: Bantam Press (2006)

Bringing fresh wonders and dangers to light in the skies of Pern, Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd, who demonstrated his writing talents in the bestselling novels Dragon’s Kin and Dragonsblood, return with their second collaboration: a thrilling adventure of discovery and fate. Pellar, a mute Apprentice Harper; Halla, a homeless girl; and Cristov, a miner's son, learn invaluable life lessons as the planet Pern prepares for the return of the deadly Red Star and its annihilating "Thread," which can only be destroyed by firestone-fueled dragonfire. But mining firestone is dangerous work, often carried out by children of disenfranchised criminals called the Shunned. Accompanied by his new fire-lizard Chitter, Pellar joins Masterharper Zist in a search for Moran, a missing Journeyman Harper who's involved with the Shunned. Pellar finds his fate intertwined with Halla, but his tangle with Tenim, a ruthless thief, almost keeps them apart. Their friend Cristov learns about the Shunned firsthand after a terrible mine explosion. Fortunately, events lead to dragon-riding wish fulfillment and a remarkable discovery. While it allegorizes the risks of mining fossil fuels and the horrors of slave labor, this coming-of-age fantasy offers suitable dragon play for all ages.

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Dragon's Kin

Authors: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey

Part of a series: Dragons of Pern

Publisher: Corgi (2004)

Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon on Pern. Mining is fraught with danger, but fortunately the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts.

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Dragondrums

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: Harper Hall

Publisher: Corgi Books (1981)

Of all the young singers at the Harperhall of Pern, Piemur was the one chosen for the leading role at Lord Groghe's Gather...and then his voice broke. Suddenly his whole future at Harperhall became uncertain. But Masterharper Robinton, Menolly and Sebell had other plans for Piemur. They were sure that his quick wits and discretion could be used to keep a check on the troublesome Oldtimers and their strange traffic in fire lizards. So, whilst serving as a messanger-drum apprentice, Piemur carried out special errands for the three. And it was on one such errand that he realized his wildest dreams

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Dragonflight

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: The Dragonriders of Pern

Publisher: Corgi Books (1981)

The men who rode the dragons were a breed apart. Chosen when the dragons were first hatched, they became soulmates for life with the huge, magnificent beasts they controlled - the green, blue, brown and bronzes - beautiful - terrible - the only creatures who could defend the planet Pern from the blood-red star. But without the Queen, the dragons would become extinct. Only the gigantic, golden Queen could breed the new flights. And the Queen was fading . . . dying . . . leaving behind one last, huge, golden egg. Dragonflight is the first book in Anne McCaffrey's world-famous Chronicles of Pern and has been in print since its first publication in hardcover 30 years ago.

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Dragonquest

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: The Dragonriders of Pern

Publisher: Corgi (1982)

Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the skies and their magnificent dragons swirled and swooped in space, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect the peoples and lands of Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent...before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission...and before the mercurial fire lizards could cause even more trouble.

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Dragonsblood

Author: Todd McCaffrey

Part of a series: Dragons of Pern

Publisher: Corgi (2006)

Pern AL 50: the geneticist Wind Blossom is nearing the end of her long life and is painfully aware that the colonists are running out of the modern technology the settlers brought with them to Pern and that they are forgetting how to use what they do have. Society is beginning to revert to a feudal system and Wind Blossom is concerned that future generations may be hit by an illness they have no tools to fight and that mankind may subsequently be wiped off the face of Pern.

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Dragonsdawn

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: Dragons of Pern

Publisher: Corgi Books (1989)

In The Beginning … Before Thread, before the Dragons, before the Holds and the Weyrs and the elite Dragonriders of Pern, was just the great ship gliding through space with nearly three thousand colonists prepared to tackle the mighty task of beginning a new world on a strange planet. It was a jewel of a planet - with rivers and seas and mountains, and breathable air and growing things. Then came the terror. The strange, unidentifiable circles in the grass suddenly revealed a meaning, and every living thing was at risk. Many died - a horrible and consuming death. All resources, every man, woman and child had to fight the terrible nightmare of Thread. But a new creature was about to save the planet. From the delicate fire lizards a new life was born - a new symbiosis between man and beast. The Legend of Pern was about to begin.

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Dragonsinger: Harper of Pern

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: Harper Hall

Publisher: Corgi (1990)

When Menolly, daughter of Yanus Sea Holder, arrived at the Harper Craft Hall, she came in style, aboard a huge bronze dragon, followed by her nine fire lizards. The Masterharper of Pern, aware of her unique skills, had chosen her as his only girl apprentice. But the holdless girl had first to overcome many heartaches in this strange new life. Two things sustained her devoted lizards, a subject on which she was fitted to instruct her Masters and the music... music of compelling beauty, music-making where at last she was accepted. In the Great Hall, Menolly could fulfil her destiny.

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Dragonsong

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Part of a series: The Dragonriders of Pern

Publisher: Corgi Books (1978)

Every two hundred years or so, shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. When, suddenly, she came upon a group of fire lizards, wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons, she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. Suddenly Menolly was no longer alone -- she was Mistress of Music and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons.

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Dreamer In The Snows

Author: David Forster

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (2017)

When five-year-old Kirsty Macrae has an accident, a series of events follows which are both mysterious and life-changing. The harsh and unforgiving weather conditions lead a sailing crew to land in the Scottish village of Lamlash, where they are called upon to help in Kirsty's life-saving operation. Strong friendships are formed and a romance blossoms.During her operation, Kirsty dreams of being rescued from the snow by a flying reindeer, called Charity. Not unusual, as it's nearly Christmas. Or was it a dream? A story for Christmas, dedicated to those who still remember the wonders of childhood and have not quite lost their way back through the years, for a journey into the magical and misty world, on the far side of reality.

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