Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H.L. Burke

Cora and the Nurse Dragon

Cora's a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys "egg packs" at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.

Details Cora and the Nurse Dragon

TitleCora and the Nurse Dragon
Release DateJan 31st, 2016
GenreFantasy, Dragons, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews Cora and the Nurse Dragon

  • E. Writes
    Cora and the Nurse Dragon was a delightful read about childhood dreams, the reality that often clashes with those, and the truth that can resolve all of the above if one is only courageous enough to travel it's difficult path. The characters were very well brought to life, and they were unique and rounded as well as having refreshing twists built into the framework of their lives. Those who seem to be friends aren't always, and the same goes for ...
  • Intisar Khanani
    Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a fun, light read that still takes on a few big issues--bullying, feeling neglected by a parent, and engaging your parent in your adventure. I loved the idea of a world where dragons are commercialized, bred only in captivity and owned by only a few major corporations. Cora hatches a dragon egg that may not have been bred by the companies. When that dragon turns out to be a nurse dragon--capable of providing the stimu...
  • Clare O'Beara
    What a great story, in the tradition of dragon keeping. Some unique features and plucky young characters make this a tale to remember. I would recommend Cora to anyone from ten to adult. The writing is extremely good and we are given much food for thought.This is an unbiased review.
  • Emily Ross
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.This was a pleasant enough middle school book about childhood dreams. It had a nice message, but it could be a little boring at times.
  • A. Powers
    I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the author, and this might just be one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received in my life. It’s a quick read, probably better suited for younger teens and pre-teens, but I’m well past that age and found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Like every other book by H.L. Burke I’ve read, this one is amazing and impossible to put down! Cora would love to save up enough money to buy a pet dragon, b...
  • K.M. Carroll
    Ah, another 5 star review for a Burke book. As with her other Dragon book, she never fails to entertain and intrigue.The world is America in the 1920/30s, and dragons are like Pokemon trading cards. You buy packs of short-lived mayfly dragon eggs, and hope that one hatches into a rare, cat-sized dragon that will live much longer.Cora hatches a discarded egg, and out comes Cricket--a little brown dragon unlike any she's ever seen. Cricket can chan...
  • E.D. Martin
    Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a fun read. Cora lives in a world where dragons are common pets - for those who can afford them. She dreams of racing dragons one day but is stuck raising cheap, tiny mayfly dragons who only live a few months. Her luck changes when her nemesis throws an egg at her, which hatches into a rare nurse dragon with a very unique ability.While I enjoyed this book as an adult, it'll definitely appeal to its target audience of ...
  • Elise Edmonds
    Excellent children's book about a young girl fascinated by racing dragons. She hatches an unusual dragon and the adventures start. I love the dragon lore in this novel and all the detail of their colonies. Despite being for children this book also covers some interesting issues like legality vs morality. Gentle Christian themes throughout. Excitement and adventure to the end.
  • Perry
    I officially love these dragons now!Dragons are cool, but after this book, I think I need one! Can't wait to recommend this to my younger siblings! (Delighted it's truly age-appropriate and I'll be able to recommend it!)
  • C.O. Bonham
    Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H. L. Burke is a cute Middle grade fantasy about a girl and her dragon.The technology level is about nineteen thirty. I like that it's set in what one would think of as the past. it gives the story not only an old timey nastolgia, but a level of realism. This book makes me long for the good old days when a kid could run to the local emporium and buy a pack of dragon eggs for a nickel. Cora is a great protagonist, she ...
  • Roger
    This was a fun, quick read that contained two young friends that find a dragon that can make their dreams come true. There is some innocence and some conflict in this book and even the tiniest bit of love. The book touches on the beginning of a relationship of young adults along with the importance of a good parental relationship. For something that I picked up on sale for pretty cheap I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's nice to read so...
  • Denae Christine
    Reader thoughts: It was like Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher mixed with Because of Winn-Dixie, a girl hatching a dragon and bringing friends together.I liked the idea of a nurse dragon (one that takes care of eggs), and the creative ways the young girls decided to make a secret business from it.I liked that Cora apologized to Xavian, even though he was so mean. "Hurt people hurt people," and Xavian may never have learned to be anything but a bull...
  • Janeen Ippolito
    I downloaded an eCopy of this book on a free book day, and I am very glad I did. Cora and the Nurse Dragon is an entirely appropriate MG/YA fantasy story with clever characters, great dragons, and Burke's characteristic clean writing voice.First of all: DRAGONS! I love dragons and so does this author. Her dragon world-building is perfectly integrated into the story. It is also unique and yet easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed how Burke expl...
  • N.W. Moors
    Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a wonderful Middle Grade book that adults will also enjoy. Cora wants to be a dragon jockey. When she buys an "egg-pack" at the local pet store, she usually gets some short-lived mayflies. She is finally lucky enough to get a dragon that she names Cricket. Then she and her best friend Abry are off on a series of adventures. The local rich boy Xavian also joins in and they all become friends. This is a great book about...
  • booknerd_dork
    This was amazeballs and cute! I enjoyed it very much! The story and writing hooked me from the first chapter. Cora is nice but Abry I love her! Her planning and being a bookish person made me adore her. I love them both, their friendship is amazing!And Cricket! Can I have him he just adorbs! If I would have a pet dragon it would be him! And now I wiah there were dragons lol! Just similar to Abry :DI want more of this world, hope so there would be...
  • Cathy Ehrhart
    Good YA book, will read more by this author. Good story line, and easy to follow for those who are getting in to reading, and those who are experienced. The story was compelling enough I finished this in a few days.
  • Katie
    Great family read !This was an adorable and fun book to read aloud to my girls! Their big hope is that there is a movie of it all day, they want to see the dragons
  • R.J. Rodda
    A really charming story that left me with a smile on my face. For middle grade readers and above.
  • Craig Jr.
    Excellent short read. I got the audible version and the narration is well done. The story is interesting, it takes place in a world where not only dragons are real, but they are sold as pets and are the most common pet kids want. This of course has completely domesticated dragons, and caused humans to capture all of the dragons in the wild for profit. A young girl becomes determined to help dragons and has always loved dragons. I agree with other...
  • Leticia
    I want to live in Cora’s world! So want to! I want a pet dragon too! *Pouts!*Ha ha, seriously now though, this was truly a great book. A true fantasy for middle grade and onward.I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Cora is a wonderful little girl with such a loving personality. She tried to keep the mayfly dragons, that usually hatch from the eggs they could buy at the dragon emporium, alive by testing their di...
  • Kerri Vandermeer
    While this is a kid's book I enjoyed it greatly. In world not entirely like industrial era earth dragons are sold as pets, and Cora loves them. And really who wouldn't. But the seemingly perfectly wonderful world takes on a darker hue when Cora gets a nurse dragon and toes the line of the laws made by the evil corporations that control dragon breeding.But what really makes the book shine, well shine more, are the characters. Despite the books reg...
  • Sharon Hughson
    This really is more of a middle grade read than young adult, but I enjoyed it enough to hand it 4.6 our of five stars.Cora is an atypical 12-year-old (main reason I think this should be classified as MG) just like I was. A tomboy who has a fixation on dragons and dreams of being a dragon jockey. (Like I was horse crazy and dreamed of being a jockey.) Things change when an abandoned dragon egg hatches a (before unheard of to her) nurse dragon.Ente...
  • Katy
    This is one of the best novels I've ever read! The story was compelling and full of suspense, the characters were well-rounded and believable, the setting was unique-historical with fantasy elements, and the dragons, well, the dragons were fantastically rendered! The writing was superb, sucked me in from the first page and didn't let go until the sigh-worthy ending. I whole-heartedly recommend this to dragon lovers of any age, but young readers e...
  • Janet Swiftbird
    A tale for the young to older readers, dragons for all.Cora is a innocent young girl in love with dragons, she and friends take you on a fantastic ride through their world.The storyline is superb with up, downs, highs and some very sad lows.I hope there will be more to this story, it could go far.
  • Michelle
    This was an interesting fantasy novel that was probably written for late middle schoolers. The beginning was a little slow because it almost felt like you had started in the middle of the story. The ecological morals were fairly obvious but it wasn't preachy about it.
  • Caren
    I loved it. I found the world and plot fun and original. The reader is hooked from the beginning. The characters were well developed and it was well paced. Great read for all ages. Now I need a pet dragon.
  • Trudi Jorda
    What a wonderful book. Yes it it's main characters are kids. But who can resist dragons? They come in many sizes and are being mistreated! ASlong comes some people father and daughter and some of her friends to set them free!
  • Jill Johnston
    Cute story for both adults and young people.
  • Val Schmitt
    4.5Fun, fairly quick read. Very believable and an enjoyable new take on dragons. Would love to read more in this universe.
  • Shirley Selby
    Good StoryI really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read, but full of everything a great story is about.