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    • This unusual, powerful tale, begun when Paolini was 15 (he’s now 19) and self-published in 2002 before being picked up by Knopf, is the first book in the planned Inheritance trilogy. It’s obvious that Paolini knows the genre well–his lush tale is full of recognizable fantasy elements and conventions. But the telling remains constantly fresh and fluid, and he has done a fine job of creating an appealing and convincing relationship between the youth and the dragon.
    • The empathetic characters and interesting plot twists will appeal to the legions of readers who have been captivated by the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and are looking for more books like it.
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Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. Henry Holt, 1964. (And others in the Chronicles of Prydain series.)

Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Harcourt, 1991.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Knopf, 2002.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong. Simon Pulse, 2003, c1976.

Nix, Garth. Sabriel. HarperCollins, 1995.

Patterson, James. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Little, Brown, 2005. (And others in the Maximum Ride series.)

Pierce, Tamora. Alanna: The First Adventure. Atheneum, 1983.

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. Knopf, 1996. (And others in the His Dark Materials series.)

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Scholastic, 1998.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. Hyperion, 2003.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again. Houghton Mifflin, 1966