The Story of Owen

By E. K. Johnston

An inventive, smart, and very entertaining novel.

This is the story of Owen, a young dragon slayer, and Siobhan, his bard, and how they saved much of Canada from dragon infestation and in so doing, restored the dragon-bard relationship to its proper place. It’s also not quite what you’re thinking. You can read this in any number of ways, all of them entertaining and thought-provoking. You can see this as a cautionary (but very witty) environmental parable/alternate history: What if the dangers of industrialization and unchecked carbon emissions were visible and completely unsubtle, like dragons? It’s also a book about a teenage girl coming to grips with the power and responsibility of her own storytelling. And there’s quite a solid contemporary dragon adventure story.

  • Siobahn’s voice is effortlessly witty.
  • A unique twist on contemporary grim-future YA.
  • Smart uses of Norse mythology in contemporary or near-future settings is going to be a YA trend. Norse is the new Edwardian.

About the author

Emily Kate Johnston is a forensic archaeologist, has lived on four continents, decorates cupcakes in her spare time, and loves to make up stories. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (Carolrhoda Lab, Spring 2014) was Kate's first novel. It was a Junior Library Guild Selection and won the Kirkus Smart Reads for Teens award. Visit her online at

ISBN: 9781467710664
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Dimensions: 133 x 191mm, 312pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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