Author: K.V. Johansen Copyright Date: 2009
Torrie is not the prince or the princess, not the sorcerer or witch. It takes a bit to figure out what Torrie is. Torrie is an Old Thing, a furry, short creature, more human than animal, quite a likable creature and the narrator of Torrie and the Dragonslayers. Torrie and the Dragonslayers is told as a family or clan campfire story and we are included around the campfire. I love KV. Johansen’s treatment of female characters in her knights and wizards settings. The women are strong and intelligent. They have influence and tend to need to fight a bit to be heard. These are great stories for girls and boys. Fantasy stories which take a shot at our gender roles of imprisoned princess, valiant knight, and trusty sidekick are a great addition to a library. We still have princesses and knights and sidekicks but the knights can cook, the princesses can wield swords and sidekicks are, well, sidekicks. Johansen has a flair for descriptive language and character development. The plot moves well and has sufficient mini-conflicts to carry interest forward. An enjoyable read worth recommending to your fantasy or medievalist fans, definitely worth adding to the K-8 library.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 ✓ #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: 5-8 Reading Level: 5+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: Magic, Fantasy, Wizardry, gender roles
This book would be suitable for ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓ Read-Aloud (Gr.) 5
From a review copy, full distribution pending. Torrie and the Dragonslayers is a expanded and adapted retelling of Torrie and the Dragon.