The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite books.
The GoodReads page says the book came out in 1978 so the mass market paperback was probably a year or so later, pretty sure it came out before I graduated high school.
It may have been the first of Anne McCaffreys books I ever read. I’m not sure, because I read a lot, and she had a lot of books out, but this book was the first one that got my attention enough that I took note of her name and remembered it. After that I looked for books by her, and waited for the new ones. Bought every single one of them too.
I loved this book enough that I went hunting for the other books. Got all the ones available at the time, and bought every other book in the series as soon as I could.
Now I did mostly have to wait for the mass market copies, because: Money. You can get more books that way. We were not rich, but I did have some money, and my mom allowed me to spend it however I wanted. She loved (still does too) to read, and understood the desire for books, and if I wanted to use my money for books instead of clothes or whatever, that was ok, or at least tolerable.
Checked my shelf and looks like the paperback copy got donated a while back when I was clearing my shelves. I now have an omnibus copy (hardback that has all three). Not quite the same but almost, and it does give me more room on my bookshelf.
I have re-read this book (and the whole series) multiple times over the years. It is still good!
I love the whole underdog thing. Or undergragon in this case. The White Dragon is named Ruth and is much smaller than all the other dragons. His rider gets teased for years about his “runt”. But they rise up righteous and prove everyone wrong. It is a wonderful story!
If you haven’t read it you should. Even if you don’t generally like fantasy type stuff. Give it a chance. It is worth it!
About the book:
Never has there been as close a bond as the one that exists between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth is a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thinks he is a runt who will never amount to anything.
But Jaxom knows better, knows he can teach his dragon to fly and destroy the deadly silver Thread that falls from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon and Ruth train in secret. Their illicit flights seem but a minor disobedience – until they find themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest danger of all…