Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl

eBook - 2019
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Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2019.
ISBN: 9781368015196
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 13 199273.

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rwilber
Feb 28, 2020

I greatly enjoyed Yoon Ha Lee's deeply imaginative trilogy set in the Hexarchate (Ninefox Gambit, Raven's Stratagem, and Revenant Gun) and looked forward to seeing what they'd write in the YA realm. But this seemed more like a children's book than YA. The characters often made unconvincingly rash decisions, and basic exigencies of space travel were glossed over in favor of a swiftly moving plot. Few characters were well fleshed-out, since the narrative POV was kept tight to the protagonist. That said, this author is wonderfully imaginative, and it was a treat to encounter world-building rooted in Korean folklore.

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derikam
Oct 29, 2019

A very cute book, definitely for kids.

Min wants to go and work for the air force with her brother Jun that goes mising in search for the mysterious Dragon Pearl. Min runs away to search for her brother and goes to the ship which her brother worked on. She meets a ghost and take form of the ghost in its human form for a disguise and figures out that the captain Hwan is behind the missing of Jun. Min goes to the fifth colony to find the Dragon Pearl and her brother but only finds her brothers' gohst along with his ghost crew. With the help of her ghost brother they find the pearl and makes the captain pay for what he did and she uses it to help her planet.

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bluejaybooks
May 26, 2019

I enjoyed following our tricky fox spirit protagonist. I do wish that the supporting characters had been more present, it seemed like we spent a lot of time in our protagonist's head but an overall enjoyable read.

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TardisLibrarian
Mar 27, 2019

Enjoyed this book a great deal and learning more about Korean mythology. I really appreciate the variety of the Rick Riordan presents series so far.

Tigard_HollyCP Mar 18, 2019

Thirteen-year-old Min’s brother, Jun, has disappeared. If the rumors are correct, he and a group of other deserters left the Space Force in an effort to find the mythical Dragon Pearl. But the rumors can’t possibly be true, so Min sets off on a quest to find Jun AND the Dragon Pearl. Leaving her family is made a little easier after she loses control of her Fox powers and ends up knocking out the investigator who is searching for Jun. Along the way, she meets some ghosts, impersonates a dead Space Force cadet, and makes friends with a goblin and a dragon. Somehow the #OwnVoices author, Yoon Ha Lee, mixes a space opera with Korean folklore and actually manages to pull it off! A nice bonus is the non-binary character, Sujin. It’s so great to see a book that just so happens to have a diverse cast of characters, without the story being ABOUT that diversity!

VaughanPLShelly Feb 22, 2019

This action-packed story combines Korean folktales with the awesomeness of space travel! It was the perfect blend of fantasy and science. Readers will love Min and her journey to find her brother and save her small planet. I definitely recommend it for any reader and for fans of Rick Riordan.

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susanniemann
Feb 15, 2019

"Part of the new line of multicultural fantasy novels overseen by Rick Riordan — he of the popular Percy Jackson series — “Dragon Pearl” is a clever mash-up of Korean mythology and science fiction tropes. With crisp dialogue, a winning protagonist and a propulsive plot, the tale is enormously entertaining. " NY Times book review.

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Jun 19, 2019

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pink_dolphin_3025
Jun 19, 2019

A story inspired by Korean myth, thirteen year old Min and her family live on a planet called "Jinju". However, she wants to explore the one-thousand dangerous worlds just like her brother.

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