I'm looking for a book that I read as a young teen before 1992.

It was a series. I don't think it was the Pern series.

The dragons were hatched and the people lived by the sea. The main character was a girl. I want to say she lived in a cave and found a nest of dragons and befriended one.

The cover is in blues and has a dragon flying on front.

I for the life of me can't remember the title or author. It was a small paperback.

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    This is very vague (I mean, dragons, hatching and living by the sea describe dozens of series). You'll need to add as many details as you can, or this is very likely to get closed and deleted
    – Machavity
    Jul 21, 2017 at 1:17
  • Well I'm sorry I'm just trying to remember the details. It was over 20 years ago. The main character was a girl. I want to say she lived in a cave and found a nest of dragons and befriended one. The cover is in blues and has a dragon flying on front. I realize this describes a lot of books but I've searched and searched and can't find it Jul 21, 2017 at 1:22
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    That certainly sounds like a Pern book- Dragonsong. librarything.com/work/3391052/covers
    – Frock
    Jul 21, 2017 at 1:29
  • I'll check it out. I only remember 3 books in the series. Jul 21, 2017 at 1:31
  • this might be it I was focusing on dragonflight. But after reading the plot for dragonsong, it's sounding familiar Jul 21, 2017 at 1:35

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I realize you don't think the book is from the Pern series, but I really think this might be Dragonsong. It is a small paperback, and part of a spinoff series, actually - which may explain why it didn't "feel" like part of the main series.

In any case, the story has a main character, a girl, who was from a sea-hold. Descriptions include fishing and gathering along beaches, for extra emphasis. There are dragons (and they hatch) in the series, but the book is more concerned with the dragons' little cousins, fire-lizards.

The main character finds a nest of the fire lizards, originally helping the queen and later returning there to wait out a dangerous storm, after running away because she wanted to be a Harper, which wasn't allowed. In any case several fire lizards (nine, not one) imprint on her when they hatch, and stay with her throughout the book as she ends up studying to be a Harper anyway.

The cover I recall is blue, with sea and sky in the background and some rock formations. The front cover has several fire-lizards surrounding a girl, the back cover does have dragons flying in.

the cover I saw

There are a couple other covers, I added a few which have one dragon on the front, and a blue background, if one that is a better match to your description might spark your memory

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  • Yes it didn't seem like it fit in with the other series but after reading the whole description on Wikipedia I think I have finally found it. Thank you everybody for your help. Jul 21, 2017 at 3:56
  • I'm gonna pick up the book tomorow. I'm very excited to re read this after about 25 years. Jul 21, 2017 at 3:58
  • Glad you found it :)
    – Megha
    Jul 21, 2017 at 4:20
  • There are 2 sequels-Dragonsinger and Dragondrums.
    – sueelleker
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:35
  • Not to mention that the main character becomes a major player on Pern. As long as it's a book by Anne alone, she's probably in it somewhere.
    – eshier
    Jul 21, 2017 at 11:52

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