The Last Dragonslayer

The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

By Jasper Fforde
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780547738475, 296pp.)

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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“As acting head of Kazam, an employment agency for magicians, orphan Jennifer Strange's life is already full of magical mayhem. When a prophecy proclaiming the death of the last dragon pops up, Jennifer may get a little more destiny than she bargained for. A chuckle-worthy page-turner for readers of all ages, Fforde's first young adult offering succeeds brilliantly with brains, heart, and a little bit of magic!”
-- Jennifer Gough, Ebenezer Books, Johnson, VT


Description

In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic.




About the Author

Jasper Fforde is the internationally best-selling author of the Chronicles of Kazam, the Thursday Next mysteries, and the Nursery Crime books. He lives in Wales. Visit his website at www.jasperfforde.com.




Praise For The Last Dragonslayer

"With 'The Last Dragonslayer' fans of Jasper Fforde's best-selling 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series will be delighted that Fforde's talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force."
New York Times Book Review

“Features the same delightful mix of magic and everyday absurdity that characterizes [Fforde’s] other books. . . . Readers both young and adult will get hours of pleasure visiting these Ununited Kingdoms.”
—NPR Books, online review

"Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. . . . Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Fforde’s own creature entirely—and entirely satisfying.”
Horn Book

“Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes.”
Kirkus

"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun.”
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