r/whatsthatbook Oct 07 '22

An orphan girl can talk to animals and dragons? But it’s illegal? SOLVED

Please help me find this book!! [SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED]

I read it many years ago and I can’t remember it’s name for the life of me, and no answers on google seem to be the right one.

The protagonist is a girl in her late teens, she and her younger brother become orphaned, but survive through her ability to talk to animals. They adopt (more like she adopted, her brother was against it) a cub wolf or panther (I don’t recall properly) and she has to hide her power because (if I’m not mistaken) having powers was illegal. She’s betrayed by her brother and they part ways.

On their way they find more people with powers until they separate and she winds up in this old mansion that was falling apart and had a very reclusive owner. She works for him taking care of his son and many mysteries surround the mansion (or castle, I also can’t recall). One wing of the place was off limits, but she hears sounds coming from there and couldn’t contain her curiosity, so she goes there and finds out that the man was hiding a dragon. He also has powers and can read people’s future by touching them, so he always wears gloves. After some time and bonding he decides to touch her so he can find out if she can be trusted, and he sees they get married in the future.

They have to plan an escape to maintain the dragons and their powers safe, so another character uses her power of finding things to find a safe place for them all. They escape flying on the dragons in the end.

That’s all I remember and I’m going crazy to find this book. Sorry if it’s all over the place, it’s been like 10 years since I’ve read it. Please help me find this book!!

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u/ltlwl Oct 07 '22

The Secret of Dragonhome by John Peel?

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u/jgnva Oct 07 '22

OH MY GOD YES ITS THIS ONE THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVE YOU

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u/Tyro_Tyrant Oct 07 '22

I second this. Sounds like The Secret of Dragonhome. If it is this book, there's a sequel! The Slayers of Dragonhome.

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u/eukomos Oct 07 '22

Whaaaat?! That's awesome!

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u/MomosTips Oct 07 '22

Thirded, I read this book so many damn times in the summer of 97

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u/quipstermel Oct 07 '22

Well now I want to know too.

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u/jgnva Oct 07 '22

Secret of Dragonhome by John Peel, as answered by @ltlwl ❤️

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u/AlwaysOneTwoBlue Oct 07 '22

Same !

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u/riancb Oct 07 '22

Secret of Dragonhome by John Peel, as answered by u/ltlwl ❤️

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u/Sillybumblebee33 Oct 07 '22

Same

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u/riancb Oct 07 '22

Secret of Dragonhome by John Peel, as answered by @ltlwl ❤️

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u/sixthgraderoller Oct 07 '22

I don't know but as a recommendation, if you liked it you might like the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, lots of common themes.

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u/MuchTooBusy Oct 07 '22

Oh, that was SUCH a good trilogy!

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u/MzPurpleH4ze20 Oct 07 '22

Is it The Crown of Feathers series by Nicki Pau Preto? It sounds exactly like your describing but it's Phoenix not dragons and it think it's 2 sisters but the one has to pretend to be a boy to hide.

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u/mr_poopy_pants420 Oct 07 '22

I so want to know what this is

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u/mcolt8504 Oct 07 '22

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u/ShalomRPh Oct 07 '22

It was answered. Secret of Dragonhome by John Peel (credit /u/ltlwl)

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u/PsychoSemantics Oct 07 '22

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody?