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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jaleigh Johnson Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804167079
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Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.

Piper lives in a world where the veil into others is thin. Meteor storms rain down objects from other lands, which Piper and her neighbors gather and sell to the rich citizens of the Dragonfly Territories. Scavenging these strange odds and ends is the only way to make money in the outer provinces.

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds a girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.

The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. That means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.

The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect as everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.

Life for Piper just turned dangerous, a little bit magical, and very exciting—if she can manage to survive the journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Merging elements of dystopia, steampunk, and fantasy, this magnetic middle-grade debut imagines an alien world where thirteen-year-old Piper survives by working as a scrapper, salvaging artifacts left behind by meteor storms…Piper and her new ally, the enigmatic Gee, exhibit maturity and resourcefulness at every turn in a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic with steampunk elements and a little romance thrown in. The landscapes the girls pass through are imaginatively depicted and cinematically described (streets lit by glowing ‘night eye flowers’). Fierce battles are tempered with humor, and Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot!”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum…Consistent and precise attention to detail, from the functioning of a security system to the communicative abilities of a telepathic species, thrills. This is foremost a rugged adventure story, but there is a splash of romance (and a fabulous makeover scene).”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Part Firefly and part Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn, this alternate-world novel is full of mechanical wonders, magical people, and unambiguous good guys and bad guys. Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers with a taste for steampunk.”


  • “This is a gateway book for intermediate readers not ready for the sexual innuendo of the Steampunk genre; but eager for adventure, Star Wars-like science fiction, and Potter-ish fantasy. Even better, the book has not one but two strong female characters and a single male ‘crush’ character, instead of the standard heroine deciding between two loves…There is no letdown in the momentum of this story, and the constant reveals of secret identities and complicated relationships will keep readers totally engaged and awaiting a sequel.

    Children’s Literature

  • “Thirteen-year-old Piper is an orphan who struggles to survive by scavenging, repairing, and reselling artifacts from other worlds. Narrator Kim Mai Guest does an excellent job evoking Piper’s tenacity—not only to survive but also to one day get herself out of the lowly scrap town where she lives and make something of her life. Opportunity comes when Piper rescues a mysterious girl, Anna, and sets out to return her to the capital of the neighboring Dragonfly Territories. The breathy, somewhat ethereal tone Guest uses to portray Anna perfectly matches the scatterbrained, timid girl. Guest pulls listeners into the treacherous adventure as the girls are pursued by a dangerous man bent on seizing them. A suspenseful narration and a vaguely steampunk-inspired world make this a fun listen.”


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