The Story of Owen


For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was Trondheim's fate until Owen Thorskard. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds - armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!

2014 Kirkus Prize Finalist
2015 William C Morris Debut Award Finalist
2015 LA Times Book Prize Finalist
2015 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalist
2016 Forest of Reading White Pine Nominee

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

"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

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Published by Carolrhoda Lab, a division of Lerner.

Cover art by Danielle Carnito