The Mark of the Dragonfly
Piper, a scavenger in the Meteor Fields, never expected to find anything of real value. Everyone knows only the fastest scavengers get to the good items, and even then, most of them are too broken from their fall to the fields. But one day, Piper finds more than she expected in the meteor fields. At first, she wasn’t sure it would be worth the risk to save the girl from her wrecked caravan. However, when Piper catches a glimpse of the girl’s tattoo, claiming her as someone under protection of the king, she knows that this girl is valuable beyond compare. With a plan in mind, Piper sets out to the Dragonfly Territories to collect a reward for returning Anna.
Their journey is far more difficult than Piper first believed, as she not only has to find a way to the Territories for herself, but also for Anna, who cannot remember anything about her past life. After deciding to stow away on the 401, an old train in danger of being shut down, Piper struggles to keep herself, Anna and the intricate tattoo covering Anna’s a secret. But she runs into far more trouble than she ever imagined possible, even for a defiant scavenger like herself.
THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY is a unique, wonderful novel full of magic, adventure and even some mystery. Right from the start, Jaleigh Johnson will suck you into Piper’s world.
THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY is a unique, wonderful novel full of magic, adventure and even some mystery. Right from the start, Jaleigh Johnson will suck you into Piper’s world. Piper lives in a scrap town in Merrow Kingdom. Her father has died working in one of the King’s factories, leaving her to fend for herself in a town where people have too little for themselves to share with anyone else. Yet despite all odds, Piper has managed to survive, and even has more than some in this scrap town. The majority of the time, Piper seems very mature, as do many of the other characters. However, at other times, Piper is reckless to the point of carelessness. Overall although, she is a strong character who deserves admiration. Among the other characters, there is Anna, a sweet, talkative little girl who bears the tattoo that puts her under the King’s protection --- and who has a secret even she cannot remember. Piper finds herself starting to become protective of Anna throughout the story, and they develop a sisterly dynamic.
The characters themselves aren’t the only great element in this novel. The plot of THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY is surprising and exciting. Even though this novel is classified as middle grade, it could easily appeal to older readers. THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY is a different, brilliant steampunk novel that will have the readers wanting more of the characters and storyline.
Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on March 25, 2014