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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
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Dragon Pearl

by Yoon Ha Lee

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Rick Riordan has entertained thousands of children with his Lightning Thief series that merges Greek Mythology with fast-paced adventure. It was such a success that there are series featuring Roman and Egyptian gods. Now, a new imprint, Rick Riordan presents, offers an assortment of adventure books featuring origin stories and myths from different cultures. And this is the latest release! Yoon Ha Lee has written a fast-paced tale that is labeled as a Space Opera with elements of Korean mythology. I loved the space aspect of it, complete with exploration of other planets, epic space battles, lasers and canons. But the added dimension of fox-spirits, ghosts, dragons, and other mythical beings made this a perfect melding of an exciting future world with the magical traditional twist.

Thank you Libro.fm for the complementary ALC. ( )
  jmoncton | Feb 4, 2019 |
This middle grade science fiction story is based on Korean mythology. Min is a thirteen-year-old fox spirit who lives on Jinju - a planet that isn't quite terraformed - with her aunts and cousins. Because fox spirits are distrusted, her whole family keeps their heritage a secret. Her older brother Jun has joined the Space Forces with the goal of seeing all of the Thousand Worlds and perhaps finding a way to find the long lost Dragon Pearl which was used for terraforming in order to finish the terraforming job on Jinju.

One day an agent comes to their house and tells them the Jun has disappeared. It is thought that he deserted from the Space Forces in order to go on a hunt for the Dragon Pearl. Min can't believe that her brother would desert and is determined to go off to find him. She has all kinds of adventures from meeting an unknown relative who runs a gambling den using her fox powers to mercenaries who get involved in space battles.

Once she makes it to her brother's ship, she finds herself impersonating Cadet Jang who died in the battle that resulted in the capture of the ship she was on. Jang has become a ghost who agrees to let Min use his body so that she can find out who murdered him and get revenge. As Cadet Jang, she meets two other Cadets - Sujin who is a goblin and Haneul who is a dragon - and they become her friends. While most of the crew is human, the captain is a tiger named Hwan.

As she learns about being a cadet, she is also trying to find out more about her brother and what happened to him. She learns that many different factions want to find the missing dragon pearl. Her captain can see how it can be used in warfare because something that builds can also be used to destroy. She needs to find the pearl to keep it out of the hands of those who want to use it to destroy, but she also doesn't want to put it in the hands of anyone who just wants to use it to make themselves more wealthy by charging huge princes to fix planets.

She travels to the Fourth Colony and a planet where all the residents are vengeful ghosts who angered the disease spirits with Captain Hwan right on her tail. There she learns about her brother, finds the pearl, and has the course of her life determined.

This was an action-packed story filled with adventure. Middle graders will enjoy meeting Min and her friends. They will also enjoy reading about fox spirits, vengeful ghosts, and a pearl that can remake worlds. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 22, 2018 |
On an impoverished and remote planet, Min and her brother Jun dreamed of one day traveling together among their civilization’s “Thousand Worlds.”

Jun joined the Space Forces and Min’s plan was to enlist alongside him as soon as she was old enough — but now Jun has seemingly deserted his post to pursue a mystical object. Min decides to run away to space, to find out what really happened to him.

This story kept me reading, so interested was I to learn what would become of Min’s mission. What had really happened to her brother? Would she ever find him?

Complete review at http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/2018/07/dragon-pearl-by-yoon-ha-lee.html ( )
  Cynthia_Parkhill | Nov 24, 2018 |
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(Starred review) VERDICT With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there's a little something for everyone here. A recommended purchase for all middle grade collections.
added by karenb | editSchool Library Journal, Kat Paiva (pay site) (Sep 1, 2018)
 
(Starred review) A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal.
added by karenb | editKirkus Reviews (Aug 28, 2018)
 

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This one is for Arabelle Sophie Betzwieser, my favorite Dragon
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I almost missed the stranger's visit that morning.

I liked to sleep in, though I didn't get to do it often. Waking up meant waking early. Even on the days I had lessons, my mom and aunties loaded me down with chores to do first.
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