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DarkIsle by D. A. Nelson
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DarkIsle (edition 2007)

by D. A. Nelson (Author)

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Helped to escape from her evil guardians and a life of drudgery by a dodo and a rat, ten-year-old Morag joins her new companions on a dangerous and difficult mission involving a stone dragon, the stolen Eye of Lornish that guards the magical land of Marnoch Mor, and her own unfulfilled destiny and mysterious past.… (more)
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Title:DarkIsle
Authors:D. A. Nelson (Author)
Info:Strident Publishing Limited (2007), Edition: 1st edition, 270 pages
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I would recommend this book to older children or teens as it does depict verbally abusive parents in the beginning of the book. However, the fantasy element seems to be more suited for older children, perhaps the age of 12.

I liked the journey plotline and I loved the characters, especially Bertie and Shona. It was humourous.

I particularly liked the explanation for disappearance of the dodo in the ‘human world’ (you’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about).

Shona had the personality of a dragon; fiery and fierce. But also adorable.

This book has Kelpies and Dragons and talking rats and dodos – what’s not to like?

Full review on my blog: https://allthingsbooks696874972.wordpress.com/2020/09/27/triple-book-review-auth... ( )
  lemonaleslie | Sep 27, 2020 |
Orphan girl Morag lives a life of drudgery cooking and cleaning for her uncaring foster parents. After being locked in the cellar yet again for punishment, a talking dodo called Bertie and a rat called Aldiss appear. She sets off on an adventure with them to rescue a dragon named Shona who was turned to stone many years ago by the evil wizard; Devlish. They must retrieve an ancient stone used to protect the magical creatures homeland which Devlish has stolen.

A very nice tale with endearing characters that takes us to a place where 'dodos and dragons still live, and where lost children are lost no more.' ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Jun 27, 2012 |
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Helped to escape from her evil guardians and a life of drudgery by a dodo and a rat, ten-year-old Morag joins her new companions on a dangerous and difficult mission involving a stone dragon, the stolen Eye of Lornish that guards the magical land of Marnoch Mor, and her own unfulfilled destiny and mysterious past.

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For 10-year-old Morag, there's nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents' home. But that's where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time to save their homeland from the evil warlock Devlish, who is intent on destroying it. But first, Bertie and Aldiss will need to stop bickering long enough to free the only guide who knows where to find Devlish: Shona, a dragon who's been turned to stone.

Together, these four friends begin their journey to a mysterious dark island beyond the horizon, where danger and glory await - along with clues to the disappearance of Morag's parents, whose destiny seems somehow linked to her own...
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