A young woman allies with magnificent dragons in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey's beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series. This collectable box set include all three books in the trilogy: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.
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Dragonsong, the first book, is about Menolly, a strong-minded girl who wants to be a Harper, a musician, but it is forbidden. When she runs away from home and hides in seaside caves, she discovers the fire lizards, small relatives of the dragons, who have some very remarkable talents.
In Dragonsinger, book two, we find Menolly as an apprentice at Harper Hall, the planet’s music conservatory. Although she is finally free to study music, life is not exactly easy for her. The other apprentices are jealous of her talent, especially since the very presence of a girl in their classes is a dramatic break in tradition. With the help of the Master Harper, hard work and her charming fire lizards, Menolly comes into her own at Harper Hall.
Piemur, a mischievous boy with an angelic voice, is the main character of the third book, Dragondrums. His problems begin when his voice changes and Piemur has to find a new path in his life. He is trained play the messenger drums that are used on Pern to communicate urgent messages over long distances. But Piemur’s adventures take him away from Harper Hall and he ends up stranded in southern Pern, where he has to fight for survival.
The Harper Hall Trilogy will enchant young readers (grade 5 and up), especially those who enjoy dragons, fantasy, or music. Mennolly and Piemur grow from children to young adults in these stories, and adolescents will be engaged by them and their problems. Older teens (9th grade and up) will enjoy McCaffrey’s more complex fantasies, such as the [Dragonriders of Pern] trilogy.