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I read this book somewhere between 1997 and 2002; found it in my high school library. The main character was a girl named Summer (I’m pretty sure), but I don’t remember much about the early story. She falls in love with a dragon somewhere along the way, and carries a dragon egg in her bellybutton, I think? And maybe the dragon dies?

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  • Dragonborn by Jade Lee? The heroine does carry a dragon egg in her navel (disguised as a jewel) but it was published in 2008 and it's a bit spicy for a high school library! May 28, 2023 at 4:15
  • It was definitely before 2008, and it wasn’t spicy? A bit of romance between the MCs, but it was for sure high fantasy.
    – Lisha T
    May 28, 2023 at 7:14
  • Definitely not Dragonborn then! May 28, 2023 at 7:50
  • Although it seems a strange coincidence that in both the girl carries the egg in her navel. Can you remember how the girl manages this in your book? Bellybuttons are pretty small and I would have guessed dragon eggs are pretty big. I couldn't put even a small egg in my belly button without considerable discomfort :-) May 28, 2023 at 7:51
  • @JohnRennie - Worth posting as an answer, at the very least.
    – Valorum
    May 28, 2023 at 7:52

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Could this be The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown?

The Ring's the thing...

Thing was a young girl who hid beneath a mask. Her companions included a crow, a toad, a goldfish, and a kitten. Never had a more unlikely band of unheroic heroes set off on a difficult and dangerous quest. But Thing had a ring with unusual powers...

Summer was an orphan who only wanted to find a husband and settle down. But first she had to help out a blind knight with amnesia and a winged pig. But how to get those two, as well as a raggle-tail assortment of other creatures in distress, to the far-distant place where they belonged? Summer owned almost nothing except a certain magic ring...

Sophie was cast adrift in London by the untimely death of her parents. Then an uncle left her a legacy that would lift her up from poverty if she took a dragon's egg into uncharted Asia

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Summer's 'magic ring' is a red gem that she wears in her navel. It doesn't give her any significant powers, but it does mean that she doesn't age.

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  • I would love that insignificant power.
    – SDH
    May 29, 2023 at 4:52
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The series is actually called "Pigs Don't Fly", which is also the name of the second book, in which Summer appears. https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/mary-brown/pigs-dont-fly/

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  • Unless I'm mistaken, she appears in the first book and the references to her belly button dragon ring all seem to come from the first book also.
    – Valorum
    May 28, 2023 at 9:54
  • No, the first book is The Unlikely Ones. All the protagonists (one girl and a load of animals) have jewels embedded in various parts of their anatomy; but the girl is just called "Thing" for most of the book.
    – sueelleker
    May 28, 2023 at 11:58
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The Unexpected Dragon (1999) by Mary Brown is the book the OP is looking for.

Includes "Pigs Don't Fly", "Master of Many Treasures", and "Dragonne's Eg".

It is the Pigs Don't Fly series, it looks like, but The Unexpected Dragon seems to have compiled books 2-4 together, and left The Unlikely Ones on its own. This was confusing for me as well, as I owned it, but never knew it was a series pushed together into a single book or had another book to add on to the beginning!

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  • The word you're looking for is "omnibus".
    – Spencer
    Aug 13, 2023 at 9:49

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