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Dragons in the Waters [NOOK Book]

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Thirteen-year-old Simon Renier has no idea when he boards the M.S. Orion with his cousin Forsyth Phair that their journey to Venezuela will be a dangerous one. His original plan—to return a family heirloom, a portrait of Simon Bolivar, to its rightful place—is sidetracked when cousin Forsyth is found murdered. When the portrait is stolen, all passengers and crew are suspects. Simon’s newfound friends, Poly and Charles O’Keefe, and their scientist father help Simon try to find his painting, and his cousin’s ...

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Overview


Thirteen-year-old Simon Renier has no idea when he boards the M.S. Orion with his cousin Forsyth Phair that their journey to Venezuela will be a dangerous one. His original plan—to return a family heirloom, a portrait of Simon Bolivar, to its rightful place—is sidetracked when cousin Forsyth is found murdered. When the portrait is stolen, all passengers and crew are suspects. Simon’s newfound friends, Poly and Charles O’Keefe, and their scientist father help Simon try to find his painting, and his cousin’s murderer. But will they succeed before they land? Or will the murderer and thief escape into the jungles of Venezuela?



A thirteen-year-old boy's trip to Venezuela with his cousin culminates in murder and the discovery of an unexpected bond with an Indian tribe, dating from the days of SimGon BolGivar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814110
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 205,516
  • Age range: 11 - 16 Years
  • File size: 298 KB

Meet the Author

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

 

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

 

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.


Biography

Madeleine L'Engle Camp was born in New York City and educated in boarding schools in Switzerland and across the United States. A shy, withdrawn child with few friends, she retreated into writing at an early age. She attended Smith College, graduating summa cum laude in 1941. After college, she worked in the New York theatre, where she met her future husband, Hugh Franklin. (Later she would say that they "met in The Cherry Orchard and married during The Joyous Season.") Her first book, The Small Rain (1945), was completed while she was still working as an actress.

After the birth of their first child, Madeleine and her husband moved to rural Connecticut to run a small general store; but in 1959, they returned to New York City with their three children so Hugh Franklin could resume his acting career (For many years, he played Dr. Charles Tyler on the popular television soap opera All My Children.) Although Madeleine wrote steadily during this period, few of her books were published. Then, in 1960, she released her first children's story, Meet the Austins. An affectionate portrait of a close-knit family, the book was named an ALA Notable Children's Book of the year and spawned several bestselling sequels.

Completed in 1960, L'Engle's science fiction YA classic A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by more than two dozen publishers before Farrar, Straus and Giroux finally released it in 1962. Elegant, imaginative, and filled with complex moral themes, the acclaimed Newbery Medal winner tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl who travels through time with her psychically gifted younger brother to rescue their scientist father from a planet controlled by an evil entity known as the Dark Thing. Throughout her career, L'Engle would return to the Murry family three more times, in A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), and Many Waters (1986). The Time Quartet, as these four books have come to be called, weaves together elements of theology and quantum physics often assumed to be far too esoteric for children to understand. Yet, it became a true classic of juvenalia. L'Engle explained once, "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

In addition to her YA novels, the prolific writer also penned adult fiction, poems, plays, memoirs, and religious meditations. She served as the longtime librarian and writer-in-residence for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Madeleine L'Engle passed away at a nursing home in Connecticut in 2007.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      1918112
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, NY
    1. Date of Death:
      September 6, 2007
    2. Place of Death:
      Litchfield, CT
    1. Education:
      Smith College, 1941

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Great!

    Fascinating and exciting in a charming way

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended Ms. L'Engle does it again!

    The author takes us on an adventure that shows how our modern ways of doing things are not the only way and not always to best way to do things. She once again bring the O'Keefe family into an adventure that keeps you tuning the pages.
    The only thing I wish I had done was to have read this O'Keefe Family Series 1-3 before reading AN ACCEPTABLE TIME, Book 5 of the Time Quintet. Poly is a central figure in all four books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Slow to start....

    I read this book for a school Mystery project. Not a fan of the genre, I feared the task of finding a book. Then I recognized the name of the author on one of the books to choose from. I love L'engle's work, so chose to read this book. I was dissappointed at first, it was rather slow moving and dull...but then towards the middle, it really gets moving and grabs you. Hang on for the first bit of it, and you'll be rewarded!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    Dragons is One of Her Best Books

    This is a beautiful book full of rich characters, some familiar (the O'Keefes and Canon Tallis play important roles), and many new and memorable. Simon, who has dreams of being a hero, finds himself encountering tests of courage at every turn. L'Engle's exciting plot juxtaposes human greed and human goodness, with every act counting. Profound page-turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Madeleine L'Engle Rules

    i havent even read this book so dont take my advice on it but it looks good beacuse i absoltuelty looooooooove Madeleine L'Engle's books i could read them for hours, so im assuming that this is another of her most excellent books

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