HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, Book 2: HOW TO BE A PIRATE, by Cressida Cowell
PIRATES AND DRAGONS AND FIGHTING BOYS
Hiccup the hero?
Unlikely. Coffins, maps, swords.
Third person POV largely from main character perspective with some dips into omniscient / storyteller / second person tone
Second in a seven book series
Part of overall series arc of main character aging and learning and growing
Individual story arc of mystery and adventure and discovery (especially the search for Stormblade – the treasured sword of Grimbeard the Ghastly)
Sword fighting – learning new skills
Reflecting on how an unlikely hero was formed
Silly names and over the top boy humor
Variety of fonts give a semi-graphic novel feel – too much or clever tool to keep middle school age boys interested?
Curses and coffins and predictions and destinies