Dragon's Lair (Hiro's Quest Series #4)

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In this exciting new chapter book series from New York Times-bestselling author Tracey West, a ninja-in-training must use skills he doesn't know he has to defeat a deadly enemy.

A dragon has been spotted in a far-off village, and Hiro fears the worst. What if fallen warlord Fujita has returned to seek revenge on Kenkoro? Hiro and his friends go in search of the truth, and soon discover that the dragon is not Fujita at all-it's his sister.

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Overview


In this exciting new chapter book series from New York Times-bestselling author Tracey West, a ninja-in-training must use skills he doesn't know he has to defeat a deadly enemy.

A dragon has been spotted in a far-off village, and Hiro fears the worst. What if fallen warlord Fujita has returned to seek revenge on Kenkoro? Hiro and his friends go in search of the truth, and soon discover that the dragon is not Fujita at all-it's his sister.

Kotone guards the Jade Temple. Legend says that if the temple falls, the land will die. To protect the temple from Fujita, Kotone used powerful magic that trapped her in dragon form. But now that Fujita is plotting revenge, it's up to Hiro and his friends to save Kotone and the temple from destruction.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Hiro, an eleven-year-old ninja-in-training learns that a strange dragon has been spotted in distant Gado village. He fears this means the return of Fujita, an evil ninja, who seeks revenge on the kingdom of Kenkoro. In this fourth book in the "Hiro's Quest" series, Hiro and his friends Yoshi and Aya travel to the sacred Jade Temple to encounter the dragon attempting to transform to his ninja self. Instead of Fujita, however, they find Kotone, his dragon sister, who is not evil at all. The three young ninjas battle Fujita's followers in the temple and although they are not hurt, the wicked ninjas make off with four of Kotone's dragon scales. The only way for Fujita to transform back into a dangerous dragon is create a potion from his sister's scales. Hiro and his friends rush to prevent Fujita from creating this potion and battle it out once again with the evil ninjas. Fight scenes are vivid and involve exciting transformations into a ninja's animal spirit. These action scenes alternate with pure adventure or quieter scenes as the three ninjas travel the countryside defending their kingdom. A fairly sophisticated vocabulary is used including words like "intuition," "minions," and "melodious" that readers should either understand from context or the clever definition offered in the text. This fast-paced and intelligently written story includes appealing characters, and is chock full of stuff young readers of fantasy and adventure crave: a secret hideout, midnight trails through the forest, a ride on a dragon's back, a jade temple, and plenty of martial arts scenes involving the ninja warriors in training. The illustrations, in manga style, perfectly suit this fantasy adventure. An explanation of jade, especially its history in China, is included at the back. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545214773
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Hiro's Quest Series, #4
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 700,699
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author


Tracey West is the author of more than 150 books for children and young adults, including the Pixie Tricks and Scream Shop series. An avid fan of cartoons, comic books, and manga, she has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list as author of the Pokémon chapter book adaptations. She currently lives with her family in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Craig Phillips’s work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone and SPIN. Craig loves making pictures, snowboarding, surfing, and most things Japanese. He lives in Australia with his wife and son. Visit him at www.craigphillips.com.au.

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