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Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
   Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
   The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
   The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
   Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

[STAR] "This magnetic middle-grade debut...[is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal."-Publishers Weekly, starred

[STAR] "Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum."-Kirkus Reviews, starred

Goodreads Summary

Piper is an interesting character who salvages from meteor storms to survive.  Her father recently passed away so Piper shoulders the burden of living on her own.  She discovers a young girl, Anna, who has lost her memory, but needs to go somewhere.  Anna bears the mark of the Dragonfly Territories and must be helped home.  Along the way, Piper learns that she must discover how to trust people regardless of how something seems.

My favorite part of this book was the constant magical feel underlying the plot.  I really savored the characters and scenes.  The descriptive, elegant way Johnson writes was a pleasure to read and I can't wait to pick up another book by her!  Piper's character became like a friend to me.  I grew to like her scrappy, optimistic character and hope that she would be able to get Anna home safely.  Anna's character was intriguing because of her memory loss.  I can't imagine what it would feel like to be in her shoes.  This book is perfect for teens and young adults!

4 Stars

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