Ok, this was my "elementary level" pick for the month of April. The cover has intrigued me for months now. And, I truly enjoyed the book. Fast paced. Lots of adventure. Easy read. I will definitely recommend it to my 3rd - 5th graders. :)
Summary from Goodreads.com:
It is a rare talent, and
only she can care for the Inn's herd. She feeds them, gathers their
eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of
legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons
are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows
Until one day changes everything.
A Knight of the
Order of Defenders arrives at the Inn. Signs of the mythical dragons
have led him there, he says. Then a simple errand takes Mella through
the forest, where she stumbles across a dragon's egg and faces the true,
terrifying dragon guarding it. On the spot, Mella vows to get the egg
safely to the fabled Hatching Grounds. She must leave her home for the
first time, and she finds an unlikely companion in the Defender's
For Mella and Roger, this one day is the beginning of an adventure. Where will it take them?