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The Dragon’s Crown

Uri Orlev
AGE: 10-15

Uri Orlev asks moral questions in a fantasy tale that is a parable of good and evil.
Princess Mayalila will inherit all she sees, and as far as the eye can see everything belongs to the Eastern Kingdom. This is a land of Good where there are no bad actions or words, no killing, and no death. Peace ends when Prince Akraton, from the evil Western Kingdom, shows the people that there is beauty in evil, and in this way he gains a following. The problem becomes even more complicated when Princess Mayalila is kidnapped by the Silent Ones. The only way to appease the Silent Ones is to offer them a dragon`s crown, and there is only one man who knows how to hunt a dragon: the Black Prince Akraton. And so the king makes a pact with the devil to get his daughter back. Akraton pursues Mayalila, and what follows is a love story in which Uri Orlev expresses his own vision of optimism.

Illustrations: Avner Katz

The Dragon`s Crown
Title The Dragon’s Crown
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1989
No. Pages 194 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Keter Ha-Drakon
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Berlin, Elefanten, 1992; pback: Ravensburger, 1998
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1998
Italian: Milan, Salani, 2007

Turkish: Istanbul, Cizmeli kedi, forthcoming 

Czech: Prague, Prah, forthcoming 


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