THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER
Popular adult author Fforde tries his hand at YA with smashing success. This adorable novel has a well-articulated message that's sure to resonate. The British humor will appeal to J.K. Rowling's hungry fan base. Lovable, wise Jennifer heads a well-drawn cast of characters who range from true to life to utterly ridiculous to impossibly charming.
Orphan foundling Jennifer Strange has a great deal of responsibility in her indentured servitude under the renowned wizard, The Great Zambini, taking on (hopefully) temporary leadership of his home for wizards. No easy task: Magical power is fading, and once useful wizards are often displaced in favor of simpler, non-magical solutions. But then Jennifer's yanked into much more serious drama; the last dragon is prophesied to die ... and she's the dragonslayer. (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, Oct., 304 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780547738475, HC, 10 & Up)