Fforde, Jasper. The Last Dragonslayer. HMH BFYR, 2012.
Jennifer Strange is running a company that employs wizards and sends them out to fix problems for people. Then everyone starts predicting that the last dragon is about to die, and Jennifer is forced into a complicated relationship with the current dragonslayer and the dragon. She has to make a lot of adult decisions even though she's still a teen. This is an interesting fantasy story with a foot in the real world.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and there were certain aspects of the story I enjoyed a lot. I loved the Quarkbeast and how all he did was say "Quark" every once in a while. I was glad that Jennifer was the hero, and that it wasn't really a big deal that she happened to be a girl. I thought the personalities of the different wizards were very well developed. Overall, this is a great story. I don't know that it will be very popular with my middle school students, no matter how interesting I found it, though.
Recommended for: young adults
Red Flags: fantasy violence
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
Read-alike: Terry Pratchett, especially his Tiffany Aching series