HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword. By Cressida Cowell. For ages 8-14.

Fans of the series and the movie will find a great deal of entertainment in reading the ninth adventure from Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon, Toothless.

A dragon rebellion featuring Tonguetwisters and Vampire Ghouldeaths are attacking the Archipelago.

Can Hiccup save the day? To do so, he’ll have to outwit a witch, beat his arch nemesis and, with one sword, battle an angry horde of dragons.

What’s good: Compelling action and adventure, and that will keep even reluctant readers enthralled.

What’s bad: After nine books, some of the content seems predictable.

McGeath Freeman reviews children’s books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, go to