The Ice Dragon

George R. R. Martin

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The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.
Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.
The Ice Dragon marks the highly anticipated children’s book debut of George R.R. Martin, the award-winning author of the New York Times best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire and is set in the same world. Illustrated with lush, exquisitely detailed pencil drawings by acclaimed artist Yvonne Gilbert, The Ice Dragon is an unforgettable tale of courage, love, and sacrifice by one of the most honored fantasists of all time.

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Chapter One
Winter’s Child
 
Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came.
 
She was never quite sure whether it was the cold that brought the ice dragon or the ice dragon that brought the cold. That was the sort of question that often troubled her brother Geoff, who was two years older than her and insatiably curious, but Adara did not care about such things. So long as the cold and the snow and the ice dragon all arrived on schedule, she was happy.
 
She always knew when they were due because of her birthday.

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The New York Times Bestseller
 
“Martin’s charming tale is filled with passion and power…a touching adventure with all the taut storytelling skill one would expect from this award-winning author.”—January Magazine
 
“Martin goes beyond the expected to bring us an extraordinary children’s tale. A must-buy for all Martin fans, this is a good book for anyone…who loves winter and dragons.”—SFRevu

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George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin, author of the acclaimed, internationally best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, has been a full time writer for over 25 years. He has won multiple science fiction awards, including 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (Japanese Hugo). 

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Tom Doherty Associates
Starscape
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429913614
ISBN10: 1429913614
112 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$7.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2006
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427200334
ISBN10: 1427200335
Middle-Grade FictionAudio Run Time: 1:00
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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October 2007
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ISBN: 9780765355393
ISBN10: 0765355396
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5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 112 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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