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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
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Cover of unknown later edition
Author Bruce Coville
Illustrator Gary A. Lippincott
Cover artist Lippincott
Country United States
Series Magic Shop
Genre Fantasy children's novel
Publisher 1991 Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1991 Hodder (UK)
1992 Aladdin
2007 Harcourt
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 148
ISBN 0152007482
OCLC 780935437
LC Class PZ7.C8344 Je 1991
Preceded by The Monster's Ring 
Followed by Jennifer Murdley's Toad 

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a novel by Bruce Coville and is part of the Magic Shop Books. It was published by in 1991 by the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich imprint Jane Yolen Books. It was issued in paperback by Aladdin Books and reissued by Harcourt in 2007.


Jeremy Thatcher knows a thing or two about raising animals—after all, his dad is a veterinarian. But after he leaves Mr. Elive's magic shop with a strange marbled egg, it soon becomes clear that this is one pet he wasn't prepared for. How is he supposed to keep a flame-breathing dragon with razor-sharp teeth and an out-of-control appetite in his bedroom? If the playful baby dragon is ever to grow up to become a magnificent beast of myth and legend, it needs Jeremy and though he doesn't know it yet, Jeremy needs a dragon with a strong connection.


The Utah's children book award in 1994. "Always grab the reader by the throat in the first line," says Bruce Coville, author of "Jeremy Thatcher: Dragon Hatcher," winner of the 1994 Utah Children's Book Award. In 1992 Mythopoeic Award Nominated Coville's Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher for Best Children's Fantasy Literature.


In Iowa, parents challenged Coville's novel because it "contained reference to witchcraft and devil worship." Eventually it was proven that there was no references to the devil or witchcraft but the parents thought the mention of silver, red, and black and the symbols of the moon and the stars were all connected to witchcraft and devil worship. The book remained on the shelves.

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