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How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

Book 9

By Cressida Cowell

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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling series that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.

Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films!

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup's father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.

Bad times have come to the Archipelago. Ever since the woods of Berserk burned down, it is almost as if the world is cursed. Dragons are starting to revolt against their Masters. The waters have risen, flooding fields and washing whole villages away. But worse still, the wicked witch Excellinor has returned. Can Hiccup find the King's Things and win the sword-fighting contest to stop Alvin the Treacherous from becoming King of the Wilderwest?

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READ ALL 12 BOOKS IN THE SERIES!
You don't have to read the books in order, but if you want to, this is the right order:
1. How to Train Your Dragon
2. How to Be a Pirate
3. How to Speak Dragonese
4. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
5. How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
6. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
7. How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
8. How to Break a Dragon's Heart
9. How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
10. How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel
11. How to Betray a Dragon's Hero
12. How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

Biographical Notes

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton.

How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller.

Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize , the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now'magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity.

She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444900941
  • Publication date: 06 Oct 2011
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) — The Sunday Times
The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) — The Sunday Times
Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated — Daily Express
Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated — Daily Express
Top stuff — The Daily Telegraph
Top stuff — The Daily Telegraph
A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her — Books for Keeps
A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her — Books for Keeps
Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant — The Sunday Times
Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant — The Sunday Times
Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status — The Times
Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status — The Times
The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit — Read It
The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit — Read It
Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages — Writing Magazine
Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages — Writing Magazine
This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike — Publishing News
This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike — Publishing News

PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:
'Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.'

— Amanda Craig, The Times
CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps
'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' — Amanda Craig, Times
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday
'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' — Daily Telegraph
'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' — The Times
'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' — Woman's Weekly
Top stuff. — Daily Telegraph
Especially good... raises the series to classic status. — Times
Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** — Books For Keeps
Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. — Daily Express
The ninth book in Cowell's Dragon series... raises questions about courage and loyalty, and it's funny too. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books)
Is, as always, thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated
Top stuff
A hilarious plot which also manages to be quite gripping...Cowell is a splendid storyteller with a gift for inventing outlandish names...ceaselessly inventive...young readers are lucky to have her
Utterly fantastical but emotionally resonant
Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books are national treasures; this is especially good, with a wisdom about heroism which raises the series to classic status
The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit
Short chapters, clever slapstick, child-friendly character names ...plus goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers engrossed, laughing and turning the pages
This highly amusing adventure story with a dash of toilet humour is perfect reading for boys and girls alike
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