Dragon Pearl

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Best-selling author 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.


Author: Yoon Lee
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published: 01/15/2019
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781368013352
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.9
Point Value: 13
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 199273 / Dragon Pearl


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 10/15/2018 pg. 55
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2018 pg. 92
School Library Journal 09/01/2018 pg. 107
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2018
Publishers Weekly 11/19/2018
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2019 pg. 96
Shelf Awareness 01/18/2019
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Yoon Ha Lee (yoonhalee.com) is the author of several critically acclaimed short stories and the Machineries of Empire trilogy for adults: NINEFOX GAMBIT, RAVEN STRATEGEM, and REVENANT GUN. Yoon draws inspiration from a variety of sources, e.g. Korean history and mythology, fairy tales, higher mathematics, classic moral dilemmas, and genre fiction. Yoon's Twitter handle is @deuceofgears.