By Luli Gray
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780395711286, 144pp.)
Publication Date: September 1995
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Ever since her parents divorced, Falcon has been in charge-of herself, her younger brother, and even her loving but self-absorbed mother. One day in Central Park she finds a large, glowing, hot egg that no one can identify. With her wise but eccentric great-aunt, a nurturing neighbor, and a wacky ornithologist from the Museum of Natural History, she establishes a secret society: the Friends of Egg. As Falcon watches and cares for the egg, she is able to forget some of her problems and even to share her secret with her family. And when a baby dragon hatches, everyone is amazed except Great-Aunt Emily, who knows that dragons appear only for a reason. A beautifully crafted, memorable first novel, Falcon's Egg combines fantasy with a poignant story of love in a troubled single-parent family.
Luli Gray belongs to a family for whom, she says, "reading and writing are as necessary as breathing." Born in Argentina, and for years a resident of New York City, she now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Falcon and the Charles Street Witch is the sequel to her first novel, Falcon's Egg which received rave reviews and was an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1995 and a School Library Journal Best Book of 1996.
"Engaging, intelligent, and well wrought: the best dragon story since Donn Kushner's A Book Dragon." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers