The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

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5.55 X 7.69 X 1.09 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author
The cool things about Emily Kate Johnston are that she is a forensic archaeologist, she has lived on four continents, she decorates cupcakes in her spare time, she adores the Oxford comma, and she loves to make up stories.

The less cool things about Kate are that she's from a small town in southwestern Ontario, she spends a lot of time crying over books in random coffee shops, and she can't play as many musical instruments as she wishes she could. The Story of Owen is Kate's first novel. Visit her online at

"Johnston has created a whip-smart, witty, and utterly inventive alternate history. If this stellar debut is any indication, hers looks to be a bright, long-burning career." --starred, Quill & Quire

-- (4/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Johnston's masterful book is a refreshing blend of alternative history, high fantasy, and contemporary teen life. Johnston has done careful research for her intricate world building, and the result is strikingly original and believable." --starred, Booklist

-- (3/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Siobhan's narration sings thanks to her dry wit, intelligence, and ability to see the inherent musicality of life, while also commenting on the unreliability of history (and storytelling) and the power of a community to rally to save itself." --starred, Publishers Weekly

-- (1/20/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Humor, pathos and wry social commentary unite in a cleverly drawn, marvelously diverse world." --starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (1/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Siobhan narrates the story with great teen wit, and conveys her excitement and fear in an authentic teen voice.... [T]hemes of friendship, family, loyalty, and sacrifice will keep readers turning pages." --Library Media Connection

-- (11/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Johnston seamlessly blends fantasy with realistic fiction.... Suggest this title to reluctant readers as the fast-paced plot and witty dialogue will keep them turning pages until the tale's exciting conclusion. A great addition for any library with a strong fantasy following." --School Library Journal

-- (7/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Siobhan is the true star of this novel, narrating the tale with off-beat humor and a believable teen voice.... Readers who enjoy world-building will enjoy the attention Johnston gives to infusing history and contemporary life with dragons." --VOYA

-- (6/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"The promising 'Story of Owen' is a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubadour heroine, has many more songs to sing." --The New York Times Book Review

-- (5/11/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"...nothing short of epic." --The Horn Book Magazine

-- (3/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)