David and the Phoenix [NOOK Book]

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The novel begins with David moving to a new house at the base of some beautiful mountains. Rather than settle in the new house, he decides to climb the next day. Upon reaching the summit, he encounters the brash Phoenix. At first they are frightened of each other, as Phoenix had been chased by a Scientist for several weeks and David had, of course, never seen anything like the Phoenix before. The Phoenix seems quite flattered by David's attentions, and takes a shine to him. Thus, the Phoenix decides that he ...
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David and the Phoenix

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Overview

The novel begins with David moving to a new house at the base of some beautiful mountains. Rather than settle in the new house, he decides to climb the next day. Upon reaching the summit, he encounters the brash Phoenix. At first they are frightened of each other, as Phoenix had been chased by a Scientist for several weeks and David had, of course, never seen anything like the Phoenix before. The Phoenix seems quite flattered by David's attentions, and takes a shine to him. Thus, the Phoenix decides that he should educate David about the various legendary creatures in the world—to round out his knowledge. But years of hiding from scientists have made the Phoenix's wings flabby, and David has to coach the rather comical bird on his flying.
The first adventure in the Phoenix's curriculum for David involves seeing the Gryffins, said to be the friendliest of three similar races: the Gryffins, Gryffons, and Gryffens). On this journey, they first meet a Witch who goads the Phoenix into a race, which he later wins. Though David never actually meets a Gryffin on his first journey, the Phoenix attempts to talk to a lazy Gryffen. But they get captured by the violent and arrogant Gryffons, who sentence the Phoenix to death for bringing humans into their magic world.
After escaping the Gryffon Cave through combined ingenuity, the Phoenix keeps his appointment with the Witch. David returns home to meet the unpleasant Scientist visiting his parents. David's evasiveness makes the villain suspicious. David warns the Phoenix as he unceremoniously shows up later that night, exhausted from his race. The two friends begin implementing various plans to avoid the Scientist, firstly by finding some buried treasure with the help of a gruff, but friendly Sea Monster, and spending the gold coins on magic items to foil the Scientist's plot to capture the rare bird.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016616261
  • Publisher: RANDALL BRADY SANDERS
  • Publication date: 5/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 231 KB

Meet the Author

When Edward Ormondroyd was about thirteen, his family moved from Pennsylvania to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and a friend began to read Arthur Ransome's boating stories and, inspired by the adventures of the Swallows, built their own fourteen-foot sailboat and tried to re-create that English magic on the Huron River.
In 1943 he graduated from high school and joined the Navy. Destroyer Escort 419 was his home for the next two years. "When the war was over, she looked in on China and Korea, and came home. She did show me San Francisco Bay at dusk. One look convinced me that I would like to live by it; and I have, ever since."
After the war, Mr. Ormondroyd went to the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated in 1951, and since then has been busy writing, sailing as able seaman aboard a tanker, and working as a bookstore clerk and machine tender. He lives in Berkeley, California. He is married and has one son.
It was while Mr. Ormondroyd was at college that David and the Phoenix first intruded into his consciousness. "One day, when I was walking across campus, I had a sudden vision of a large and pompous bird diving out of a window, tripping on the sill, and falling into a rose arbor below. I had to explain to myself why the poor bird was in such a situation in the first place, and what became of it afterwards. The result of my investigation was DAVID AND THE PHOENIX."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    great

    bought it with my monthly10$ was not disapointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    awesome book

    This is a great book and i would recommend this to anyone especially people who like books that have magic in it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    ON One of my favorite childhood books

    David and the Phoenix is a great book about a young boy who finds a very wise Phoenix. David and the phoenix go on many adventures together in this wonderful story. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    A Children's Classic and A Wonderful Story

    I also had one of the early editions of this book and I remember my father reading it to me when I was very small. I loved this heart-warming story and I know other children will as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Still loving classic books!

    I still have the 1958 edition of this book that was given to me as a child and was earlier owned by my aunt. Although it's old, it still reads like a new book. Now I can see where some of Harry Potter came from. This is the kind of book that a child with imagination can grow with and excell. My six-year-old loves it and can't stop asking questions about mythological beasts. We all love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Thanks for reprinting David and the Phoenix

    Our friends have been searching the book stores for years. I ordered 6 copies this spring for gifts. Why not display this book in your stores with the Harry Potter and Tolken books? This classic introduced this reader to Griffins,trolls,dragons and other magical creatures many years ago. A rare treasure from generation to generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    A wonderful, fanciful, adventure.

    This was my favorite book as a child.I am thrilled that it has been reprinted, so my grandchildren can now read it. Of course, I had to read it again ...and again the Phoenix carried me away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    A great story is back!

    David goes on many adventuresome flights with the Phoenix, while avoiding the meddlesome Scientist. Great fantasy for children, it's good, clean fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A GREAT story for all ages.

    This is a wonderful story! A story of adventure, friendship with wonderful insights into such things as the differences between griffins, griffons and griffuns;-) Only disappointment was my version of the e-book did not include the illustrations:-( Still, it will be enjoyed, even loved, by readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    TI ALL HERE HELP

    There is a hurt pegasus in res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    I IS LOCKED OUT

    Of res one.

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    Posted February 7, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Kate

    Sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommend for reading to kids, but adults will also enjoy

    I found out about this book from David Weber's At All Costs and thought it sounded good. I had trouble finding it in print and almost gave up on finding it. I thouroughly enjoyed reading it and have started to read it to my 2year old daughter even though she doesn't understand a lot of it yet. I think most people will enjoy it even though there is a moral and the ending is somewhat sad.

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