When I was a kid, I loved dragons. I mean, I still love dragons, but I especially loved them as a kid—there was a time when I literally picked all my reading material based on the numbers of dragons they had. I devoured Tamora Pierce’s Immortals quartet, where main character Daine is raising a dragon called Kitten, Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, where the princess volunteers to be a dragon’s “captive” princess so that she can have fun adventures—fuck, I even read Dragonriders of Pern when I was in the sixth grade. (My librarian apparently didn’t see anything wrong with giving that series to a girl just barely in middle school). But before reading Dragonriders of Pern, another of my favorite dragon books was Bruce Coville’s 1992 children’s novel Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.