The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell

dragonAmerican Booksellers Association’s “New Voices” pick
Shortlisted for the 2012 “Reading the West” award
An Accelerated Reader book

“I hate it when really wonderful illustrators turn out to be even more wonderful at writing novels. But how can I hate Troy Howell whose sassy, self-aware (and hurting) heroine Kat has one of the freshest voices in children’s novels today. Whose dragon Ye has a marvelous world-weary insouciance. Whose landscapes and cave-scapes are as visualized in words as in his paintings. You guessed it: I love this book.”
—Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic

“Troy Howell’s heroine, Kat, is as luminous as the gold she hides in her pocket. Readers better hang on to their hats as she tells her funny, sad, lyrical, and finally, breathtaking tale. I absolutely love this book.”
—Mary Pope Osbourne, author of The Magic Tree House series

This delightful debut novel is a heart-warming adventure about all that glitters versus all that matters. Never before have the American West and ancient dragons been rolled together into one wild, tumbleweed tale.

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