Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Mark of the Dragonfly

The Mark of the Dragonfly
by Jaleigh Johnson
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Wow! What a fun read! Full of exciting adventure, marvelous characters and a mulit-layered story as well, what more could you ask for?
Piper has grown up in Scrap Town Sixteen where she has scraped along since her father's death. The scrappers survive bizarre meteor showers that deliver objects from another world to their poor town. The people scavenge what they can and try to sell it to get enough food to last until the next storm. Piper wants more than that. She dreams of using her mechanical repair knowledge in a city and making something of herself. So when an opportunity shows up on her doorstep she takes it and runs. Along the way she meets an assortment of characters who will either help or hinder her quest for a better life. This story is full of magic and adventure in a steampunkish, alien-world kind of way.  And I love that it is a complete story - no cliff-hanger ending promising more and more and more until the love is crushed into the ground. Though if the author does write anymore, I will be right there to read it!

(And a gorgeous cover to top it all off!)
Recommended for 4th grade on up.

I received a free ARC compliments of the publisher!

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