Dragon Captives
Dragon Captives

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Annotation: Magical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have spent their entire lives wishing for an adventure. When a dragon shows up, claiming that his family are being kept as slaves in their homeland, the twins sneak off to help.
Catalog Number: #154400
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 419 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-45682-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0344-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-45682-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0344-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016025258
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Twins Fifer and Thisbe have phenomenal magical powers r beyond those of their peers. But kept in protective custody by their brother, the head mage, they have never had the opportunity to learn to control that magic. When Hux, the ice-blue dragon, visits their land for the first time in years, he begs help from the humans to return with him to where the dragons are under the cruel clutches of the Revinir. The twins, deciding that this is their chance to prove their worthiness, sneak off on Hux. When they almost fall to their death off the dragon's back over an endless abyss, they begin to realize the magnitude of their decision. This is the first book in a new series picking up 10 years after the events of the seventh and final book in the Unwanteds series. McMann has created a delightfully complex world; a significant portion of the book is dedicated to explaining the rules, magic, and so on. It may or may not hook new readers, but for those familiar, it's an exciting new journey inside a fascinating world.
Horn Book
In this spinoff series set ten years after the Unwanteds, twins Thisbe and Fifer (Alex's sisters) seize the chance for adventure when a dragon begs the Artimians to save his enslaved siblings. McMann dives into the consequences of rushing into danger without preparation. The pace of the predictable plot lags midway, but the cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for book two.
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer's magical abilities are far greater than their brother Alex's. But in the 10 years since the great battle that cost him the use of his arm, Alex, leader of Artimé, has become fearful and overprotective. When Hux the dragon arrives asking for new magical wings and help in freeing his siblings from the evil Revenir, Alex senses a trap. But the twins, hoping to prove themselves worthy and desperate for an adventure, decide to travel with the dragon to his distant homeland. They bring their only slightly more experienced friend Seth along for the ride. Although they survive the perilous journey, a clash with a magically enhanced bamboo wall, and prison, the young, white trio ultimately finds their lack of magical ability is their undoing. Thankfully, friends from Artimé arrive with much-needed help. Even though there's a great deal of explanation provided in the exposition, readers unfamiliar with the popular Unwanteds series will have a difficult time playing catch-up. The twins are understandably anxious to spread their wings, but their antics grow quickly tiresome. The predictable plot, flat characters, and unimaginative spells fail to capture the magic of the previous volumes. An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12;Now they have done it. Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer have defied their brother, Alex, leader of the magical land Artim&3;, in a most spectacular way. They have jumped on the back of an ice blue dragon with their best friend Seth to build new wings for the creature, Hux, and his siblings. Thisbe and Fifer might have the most powerful magic of anyone, but untrained (their brother has forbidden them to learn magic) and untested, they are unprepared for the land of dragons&12;a place of slaves and slave traders, where even dragons are cruelly held captive by the powerful Revinir. Thisbe and Fifer soon find their unique jet black eyes make them the most valuable possession of all. Not even the flying stone cat Simber, whom readers will remember from previous "Unwanteds" books, can save them. Artim&3; has been at peace for 10 years, and a new generation of children only hear stories about the danger and violence that took place when the islands were in turmoil. No one wants to return to that time, but there might be little choice. McMann has created another heart-racing adventure. Fans of the series will jump right in to see how their favorite characters have grown and what will happen next in this well-crafted world. The ending, which leaves both girls' lives hanging in the balance, guarantees continued quests for this new generation of Unwanteds. VERDICT A worthy title, recommended for any collection in which the original series was popular.&12;Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
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Word Count: 75,776
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 187953 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:16.0 / quiz:Q71931
Lexile: 800L

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this New York Times bestselling first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.

The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

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