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For fans of Frozen, The City of Ember, and The School of Good and Evil, the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly is a fast-paced adventure story about a mysterious girl and a fearless boy, set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the 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. Which 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--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.

Praise for The Mark of the Dragonfly:

“This magnetic middle-grade debut…[is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.”-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred

A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic...Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot.”—School Library Journal, Starred

A complex and impeccably developed plot—there is plenty to recommend in this novel.”—The Bulletin

“Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers.”—Booklist

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on March 25, 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385376154
ISBN-13: 9780385376150
25 Book Reviews
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  • ninjaldb
    ninjaldbFriday, September 26, 2014 at 7:55 am55 stars
    This book is about a girl from the scapper towns. She finds a girl that is hurt and they run away from a gut trying to find them. They jump on a train and fight slavers, raider, and Dolomon. Great book and exciting story.
    • super
      superSunday, September 21, 2014 at 5:53 am44 stars
      The Mark of the Dragonfly is a fast-paced adventure story about a mysterious girl and a fearless boy, set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
      • tim0706
        tim0706Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:37 am44 stars
        I really liked this story and was a fun read. I really like the string, the plot, and all the characters of this amazing story.
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileWednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm44 stars
          I really really enjoyed this book. It had enough suspense and adventure in this story. It's kind of complicated to understand in the beginning, but when you go deeper and deeper you start to have a clue and understand more and more. It was fascinating how this story had twists and turns that just make you want to... I don't know... read more and more of this book. At first it was slow pacing and then it got faster, I really liked the author's style of writing. It had a great plot and I really enjoyed the characters.
          • loveeangelina
            loveeangelinaWednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:03 am33 stars
            The mood and world-building of the first quarter of the book were fascinating--I couldn't wait to hear more about this strange and futuristic non-Earth where remnants of other lives and planets crashed all around our central character in much-anticipated meteor showers. But the storyline didn't go where I wanted it to go, which is not at all the fault of the book.
            • popbaby898
              popbaby898Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm55 stars
              This is a really great book. It's full of magic, fun and action. It's a great book to read this summer! I really enjoyed this book!
              • penny2014
                penny2014Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10:42 am55 stars
                the mark of the dragonfly is awesome. i love it. i think you should read mark of the dragonfly. It is about Piper, a girl who has magic inside of her. She saves Anna, who is a robot that looks and acts like a human/
                • sarahmcdon
                  sarahmcdonSaturday, June 21, 2014 at 9:59 am55 stars
                  This book is the best book ever!!! Great characters, cool plot, hidden secrets. This book is a must read. You will be shocked by the ending.
                  • yaya35223
                    yaya35223Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:53 am55 stars
                    This book is utterly awesome! Its full of fun and magic! If you love stories packed with action and adventure you should read this book! Its full of surprises!
                    • meow98
                      meow98Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:55 am44 stars
                      good book. tis book is really good because it is unique.i really like books like that.the beggening was a little boring but later it became very good.