|How to Twist a Dragon's Tale|
|Published by|| (UK) Hodder Children's Books
(US) Little, Brown and Company
|How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse||A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons|
The story begins with the children on a herding exercise for their Pirate Training Program. They're distracted by a huge fire rolling down the mountainside. They are saved by Humungously Hotshot the Hero, who soon becomes Hiccup's "bardiguard." Then while Hiccup is sleeping, Hotshot tries to kill him. Instead, he tells him about Terrifc Al, a jailkeeper who has lost a hand, his hair, a eye, and half a leg. He is actually Alvin the Treacherous.