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Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003, c1976.
Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9781439529089
Branch Call Number: YA SCI FI McCaffre Anne
Characteristics: xv, 192 p. :,map ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Dragon song


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Beatricksy Aug 29, 2017

I missed the perfect window to read this. My younger self would have been enamored. My older self struggles a bit, because it seems to be mostly groundwork for later books in the series. It's highly possible that this is a spinoff of a main series and I'm supposed to know more of what's going on than not, but this is my first McCaffrey, and as such I feel a little adrift. I like the protagonist and I LOVE DRAGONS, so the series seems pretty promising.

Feb 15, 2017

A super great read...easy to escape into an alternate universe. Loved it.

PimaLib_MiraD Sep 26, 2015

Ever wished you had a dragon of your very own? On the planet Pern, some people do. Menolly doesn't have a dragon, but she's seen the tiny, dragon-like fire lizards fishing in the sea. No one knows much about fire lizards, but all that is about to change. . .

Aug 22, 2014

One of my favorite of the Pern series so far. Menolly is a more engaging and developed character than any previous characters on Pern. Since finishing this and Dragonsinger I'm reluctant to start Dragondrums as that seems to follow a supporting character from Dragonsinger, Piedmur. A good character in that book but I would definitely rather follow Menolly.

Aug 04, 2012

I love this trilogy! Menolly rocks! She's so unsure of herself but she goes ahead and does what she needs to do anyway.

I've read the series multiple times since it was published.

Jul 28, 2012

Menolly lives in a world where her musical gifts are looked down upon because she is a girl. This is the story of her trials and how she overcomes this problem. A very entertaining read.

Jun 12, 2012

When I was in 4th grade we used to have to line up in the fiction section before leaving the library. I saw this book but couldn't get out of line to check it out, and couldn't find it until I graduated into middle school. Since then I've re-read it many times.

Feb 19, 2011

this was an AWESOME read! very unspoiled girl, menolly is. i love beauty, her white queen fire lizard.. <3

Jan 27, 2011

by Anne McCaffrey c- 1976

Sep 10, 2010

Many moons ago, in 1988 to be exact, this book was lent to me by a friend. The first (non-school related) English book I ever read, it started me on the path of sci-fi/fantasy, and is still a favourite of mine after all this time.

A well written coming of age book, lyrical, with a shy but strong main character you can’t help but like. It’s a gentle introduction to the genre and to PERN, suitable for everyone.

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Jun 12, 2012

Menolly's musician mentor dies and her family expects her to abandon her musical dreams and be a normal seaholding girl. Menolly runs away, and survives against all odds. Meanwhile her music is so good that Harper Hall is looking for her and can't find her because they think she's a boy.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

After the death of her music teacher Melony hides her talent because it is not accepted by her family. She eventually runs away to live on her own in a cave where she discovers and "impresses" a clutch of baby fire lizards.

lms Jun 01, 2008

" Forbidden to play music because she is a girl, Menolly who runs away from her hold when deprived of her music, gets caught in a couple of thread falls, lives in a cave with a family of the much sought fire lizards, and is at last taken in to a Weyr community where the people adopt command of the creatures and--being less sexist than the traditional Holdmaster father--encouraged musical ability." (Novelist Review)


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