The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles Series #1)

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Best-selling author, Chris d'Lacey, brings us a magical story about mysterious hand crafted clay dragons who have unusual powers.

When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons that comes to life and has magical powers. David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, can forecast the future, and inspires him to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home. The story has an unhappy ending, and when David ...

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Overview


Best-selling author, Chris d'Lacey, brings us a magical story about mysterious hand crafted clay dragons who have unusual powers.

When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons that comes to life and has magical powers. David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, can forecast the future, and inspires him to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home. The story has an unhappy ending, and when David realizes the consequences of it he is angry. Then David finds Gadzooks crying and near death, and he discovers that these special dragons die when they are not loved. Soon David is forced to save his friend and unlock the powers of the fire within.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This British import has a satisfying domestic reality, spiced with some very unusual dragons. When college student David Rain begins rooming at the home of Liz Pennykettle and her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, he becomes aware of a variety of unusual happenings connected to the clay dragons that Liz creates and sells. As David slowly learns about the family's past and abilities, he has to decide whether to accept Gadzooks, the special dragon Liz made for him. Lucy's attempts to save the neighborhood squirrels from a scheming neighbor are a second plot focus. A fictional story David writes for Lucy about these animals mirrors real developments in their lives, creating an unusual story-within-a-story. In spite of the dragon's eye staring out from the cover, readers may not find what they expect here-there are no magical battles or world-spanning quests to be found. Instead, d'Lacey has created a realistic relationship among David, Liz, and the appealingly strong-willed Lucy, and his dragon's small size is mirrored in the limited magic it performs. Information about the dragons' past and the promise of further stories from David leave ample room for the sequel. Fire Within is a smooth read and an original addition to dragon lore.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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SLJ 10/1/05
d'Lacey, Chris. The Fire Within. 340p. Scholastic/Orchard. 2005. Tr $12.95. ISBN 0-439-67343-0. LC 2004058327.
Gr 5-8–This British import has a satisfying domestic reality, spiced with some very unusual dragons. When college student David Rain begins rooming at the home of Liz Pennykettle and her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, he becomes aware of a variety of unusual happenings connected to the clay dragons that Liz creates and sells. As David slowly learns about the family's past and abilities, he has to decide whether to accept Gadzooks, the special dragon Liz made for him. Lucy's attempts to save the neighborhood squirrels from a scheming neighbor are a second plot focus. A fictional story David writes for Lucy about these animals mirrors real developments in their lives, creating an unusual story-within-a-story. In spite of the dragon's eye staring out from the cover, readers may not find what they expect here–there are no magical battles or world-spanning quests to be found. Instead, d'Lacey has created a realistic relationship among David, Liz, and the appealingly strong-willed Lucy, and his dragon's small size is mirrored in the limited magic it performs. Information about the dragons' past and the promise of further stories from David leave ample room for the sequel. Fire Within is a smooth read and an original addition to dragon lore.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439672443
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Last Dragon Chro Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 79,088
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris d'Lacey is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles: THE FIRE WITHIN, ICEFIRE, FIRE STAR, THE FIRE ETERNAL, DARK FIRE, FIRE WORLD, and THE FIRE ASCENDING. Additionally, he is the author of the middle-grade series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent, also published by Orchard Books. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, where he is at work on his next book.

Visit www.scholastic.com/LastDragonChronicles to learn more about Chris d'Lacey's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    Dragon lover's #1 book!!!

    This is a great book! Apparently in the other reviews they thought it was the worst book ever and that it only talked about squirrels and not dragons well if you read this one first then Icefire then you will see how the squirrels and dragons are related and that in Icefire there is alot more about dragons. I found this book very interesting for all readers and I can't wait for Firestar. Read this book and if you have, read Icefire even if you don't want to. Its great!

    35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    My favorite book

    R U READING MY COMMENT I HOPE YOU ARE CUZ THIS IS A GREAT BOOK I LUV IT READ IT READ IT READBIT IF U AGREE PRESS YES IF U DONT PRESS YESS JUST PRESS YES!!!!!!
    ***************************************************RANDOM KRAZY GIRL

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    You should read it!

    Awesome!

    19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Amazing!

    This one is a real page-turner. Despite what people say about it not being about dragons, because it is. They are haters,for lack of a better term. A++

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Fire within

    Awesome great amazing book!!!!!!!!

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    My favorite seiries!

    This is my favorite seiries

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    OMG Amazing book!

    I cantvwait to read the next ones.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    1 word : AMAZING

    It was so interesting I finished it in like 2.5 hours!!!!!! I loved it soo much

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Worth Buying

    My favorite book

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    love it

    It was so great i cant wait for the rest!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    People are Crazy

    This book Rocked. The people that say it sucked are crazy. It is not entirerly about a squirle. It is about a boy named David who moved into a house that has clay dragons in it that come to life but most people don't notice it. Any way it is about David who gets a clay dragon who he named Gadzooks. Gadzooks is a writing dragon and helps david write a story about squirls. Mainly after you read all of the books in the sires you realize that David bends time and space with his stories. It is a awsome book and I highly recomend it!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I am a big Book love and read most fantisy book in the states of Idaho, Utah, Wasington, and mainly in 25 states.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2008

    Bad Book

    This book has nothing 2 do with dragons at all. It has to deal with squirrels mainly, and the dragons basicly do nothing.

    5 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    The Fire Within

    It is a good book . I would recommend it to people that like fantasy books.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Gg

    Read the whole series! There are great!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Dear mady

    The actual book not the nook one has 340 pages! Thats like nothing. But anyway i hope that helped!

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Lacked a few things, but it was a good book.

    The main character, David, couldn't be anymore unintelligent and annoying with his sarcastic remarks. This book is mainly about dragons, but has too many squirrels in it that it just depresses the reader. The reason David isn't so smart is because he is 20 and doesn't know what might have caused Conker (a squirrel) to have his eye hurt. Me being a few years younger than this character, guessed right away the answer long before I got to the part! At the beginning of the book, the author didn't do a good job on describing the characters. I never knew David's eye color, only his hair color which is brown. The facial features were never brought up and later on in the book I discovered Lucy actually had red hair and green eyes. It may seem the squirrels are the main plot since they are mentioned so much throughout the book and almost every chapter says something about the squirrels, but that is only a subplot. But in a way the plot of squirrels helps you find out the ability of Gadzooks (David's clay dragon) and what the dragons are capable of. So adding squirrels to the story wasn't that bad and even showed Lucy's childish nature which I enjoyed, but too much was added that it completely fogged up the dragons. Then the story started to get interesting at page 103 and slowly came back to not interesting because of the squirrels. Then at page 166 the story really gets interesting as more dragons and the mystery behind them comes into view and a new character is introduced. From then on the main plot and story picks up and gets good. So if you plan on reading this book look forward to page 166. But wait! One more thing I didn't type in this review is that like The city of Ember (a different book) it isn't written very well. It does have a reason for this since it was for ages around 10 but the author could have been a bit more literate. All in all, this was a great book. It started out really bad, but got very interesting and I'm glad I read the whole book before giving up halfway due to too many squirrels as a few other reviewers had done. This book is NOT for people who are in their teens. 12 year olds would notice how poorly written this book is and might not like it. Dragon fans will most likely get very disappointed with the squirrels (but the story NEEDED the squirrles) if you are thinking wether or not to read it, just go to your library and try it out. Keep reading until you get to the end, THEN base your opinion on it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Awsome

    My freind read the whole series and he said "It was totaly super epic

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Anonumus

    I loved this book so much!!!!!!!! It took me 1.5 hours to read it!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great

    It was awsome

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Awsome

    It was a really good book full of suspense (even if over squirles) and overall a great series to

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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