The Ghost of Sir Herbert Dungeonstone (Dragon Slayers' Academy #12) [NOOK Book]


What are those strange noises coming from the dungeon at DSA? Wiglaf and his stalwart cohorts Angus and Erica decide to investigate and inadvertently free the long-imprisoned ghost of the school founder?Sir Herbert Dungeonstone. Overjoyed to be on the loose again, Sir Herbert wreaks havoc, threatening to spoil the greedy headmaster's plan to turn DSA coed.


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The Ghost of Sir Herbert Dungeonstone (Dragon Slayers' Academy #12)

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What are those strange noises coming from the dungeon at DSA? Wiglaf and his stalwart cohorts Angus and Erica decide to investigate and inadvertently free the long-imprisoned ghost of the school founder?Sir Herbert Dungeonstone. Overjoyed to be on the loose again, Sir Herbert wreaks havoc, threatening to spoil the greedy headmaster's plan to turn DSA coed.

While Headmaster Mordred is trying to impress a new student, who he believes to be the first female at Dragon Slayers' Academy, the ghost of one of the school's founders besieges the halls seeking his stolen gold.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
Enter the zany world of Dragon Slayers' Academy (DSA) and become familiar with life in a medieval school for lads enrolled to learn the proper way to slay vile dragons in their caves. However, there are two young lasses, one being Erica who is there in disguise while the other, Janice Smother, has just enrolled and paid tuition in solid gold coins to the greedy, teddy bear-hugging, headmaster Mordred du Marvelous. The ghost of one of the founders, Herbert Dungeonstone, besieges the castle seeking stolen gold that he feels belongs to him. The knave creates havoc, while hero Wiglaf and his stalwart cohorts Erica and Angus steadfastly attempt to foil the ghost's attempts to grab the loot. This title, twelfth in the "DSA" series, is filled with antics from the Middle Ages. The first chapter provides the setting and as the plot thickens, readers will be "tickled" with the strategies, tricks, and humor of the quick-read text. Become familiar with the troupe in the "DSA Yearbook" at the back prior to reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101142158
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Series: Dragon Slayers' Academy Series , #12
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 313,657
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

"As soon as I could, I began reading my way through the Children's Room shelves at our local library in St. Louis, Missouri. I halfway felt that I lived in the worlds created by Hugh Lofting in his Dr. Doolittle books, and by Mary Norton in The Borrowers. I loved comic books too, and was joyfully awakened to satire by Mad Magazine. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, 'A reader.'

"After college and graduate school, I taught fourth grade in a Los Angeles inner-city school and on an American Air Force base in Germany. I read to my students every day after lunch, and in time, I started to wonder if I could write books for kids. I tried, but after a day of teaching, I had very little energy left for writing. So I moved to New york, where I'd heard that writers lived, and took a job in publishing, which was much less tiring than teaching.

"I edited by day and wrote by night. Well, not every night. Some nights I went out on the town with Jim McMullan, a wonderful illustrator. On our first date, he looked through my book shelves and pulled out three books with Jim McMullan covers. I was hooked. In 1979, we were married.

"I kept reading. When our daughter was born, I read to her endlessly. One hot summer we kept cool curled up on an old couch on the porch with Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter.

"I kept writing, too. After a decade of my badgering him, Jim finally agreed to illustrate one of my stories. We both found that we loved collaborating. Two of our books, Nutcracker Noel and Hey, Pipsqueak! were voted among the New York Times Ten Best Picture Books of the Year. No No Jo! was featured on NBC's "The Today Show" and introduces Jo, the world's most helpful kitten. This spring will see the publication of our sixth book, Papa's Song.

"In addition to writing, I teach at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and am on the faculty of the New School's MFA Writing Program. And I visit schools as often as I can. Kids always ask me how many books I've written. I think it's about seventy-five now, which seems pretty surprising for someone who set out to be a reader."

Kate McMullan, a.k.a. K.H. McMullan and Katy Hall, taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. After earning a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to try her hand at writing, and settled in New York City. Twenty-five years later, she has more than fifty children's books to her credit.

As Katy Hall, she and Lisa Eisenberg have written dozens of silly easy-to-read riddle books. As K.H. McMullan, she has created the zany world of Dragon Slayers' Academy.

McMullan says, "When I visit schools, I hold writing workshops and encourage kids to write about their own lives, about what they know. Sometimes a bright kid will ask, 'But you write the Dragon Slayers' Academy books. What do you know about life in a medieval boys' school?' Great question. When I write about Wiglaf, I think back to my grade school days; the cafeteria meatloaf, the torture of rope climbing in gym class, and the teachers who used to go off on tangents that were often much more interesting than what we were supposed to be studying. Almost every character in Dragon Slayers' Academy is loosely based on someone I've met, from my second- grade best friend to my daughter's orthodontist."

McMullan's books have been named The New York Times Best Picture Books of the Year, have appeared on state library award lists, and have received the Parents' Choice Award. She and her husband, noted illustrator, Jim McMullan, live in New York City and Sag Harbor with their daughter and their cats, George and Wendy.

copyright ? 2000 Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Chapter 2

"Toads and toadstools!" shouted a voice.

Wiglaf knew that voice. "Zelnoc?" he called. "Is that you?"

A white-bearded face topped by a pointed hat appeared high in the branches of a gnarly tree.

"Could be," he said. "Who wants to know?"

"Wiglaf," said Wiglaf.

"You again!" cried Zelnoc. The wizard floated down toward the DSA students. His star-speckled robe fluttered in the breeze. "How was my roar?"

"Loud," said Erica.

"Scary," said Angus.

"Ah, good." Zelnoc smiled. "Roaring is wonderful for a wizard's soul. Makes us feel powerful." His face fell. "And I could use some extra power. I'm in a bit of a pickle." He skidded to a halt in front of them, pinwheeling his arms to keep from losing his balance.

The wizard didn't look so good. Wiglaf saw that he had dark circles under his eyes, as if he hadn't slept in weeks.

"Zelnoc, what's wrong?" asked Wiglaf.

Zelnoc sighed. "Oh, a little spell went wrong. Nothing I can't undo, given time. And a really, really powerful spell-reversal spell."

"What spell went wrong, wizard?" asked Erica.

"The Young Again spell," said Zelnoc. "Zizmor's been working on it for ages. I happened to see his notes lying around his tower the other night. I started messing around, making improvements. When Ziz came in, okay, maybe I shouldn't have tried it out on him. But I wanted to impress him. He is my boss." Zelnoc shook his head. "Now I've got to do a spell-reversal spell. That's the trickiest kind! But if I don't do it—and soon!—the Wizards' Committee will take away my wand!"

Wiglaf's heart went out to the troubled wizard. Zelnoc always tried to help when Wiglaf summoned him.

"We need a spell, Zelnoc," said Wiglaf. "I'll bet you can help us."

Erica elbowed him. "Wiggie!" she whispered. "You must be jesting. A spell from Zelnoc is the last thing we need."

"We need to get to Hermit Harry's Hut," Wiglaf pointed out.

"Do you know where that is, wizard?" asked Angus.

"Doesn't everyone?" Zelnoc pinched his nose as though something smelled really, really bad.

"We know it's south of Nowhere Swamp," said Wiglaf. "But that's all we know."

"You don't need a spell." Zelnoc sighed. "You need directions. Head south. If you cut through Nowhere Swamp, it'll take a day off your journey. But watch out for the quicksand. And the crocs. They're very hungry this time of year."

Wiglaf swallowed. "Crocodiles?"

Zelnoc nodded. "If you come out of the swamp alive, walk south to where two roads meet. You'll come upon the Crone of the Crossroads. If she's in a bad mood, that's the end of your journey. Buh-bye! But if you make it by her, veer left, past the graveyard—I don't recommend cutting through that —you'll come to the Tower of Mysterious Light. There, take a right—"

"Wizard, stop!" cried Angus. "Please! Put a get-there-quick spell on us. Can you?"

"Do warlocks have warts?" replied the wizard. "Do damsels have distress?"

"Oh, do it!" said Angus. "I don't want to spend the night in the Dark Forest."

Erica folded her arms. "No need. We can get there ourselves."

"Off you go, then," Zelnoc said. "Oh, and keep to the path. Fewer poisonous snapping turtles there."

Erica sighed. "You win, wizard. Do your spell. But it better work."

"Worry not!" cried the wizard. "You're going to like this one." Zelnoc pushed up the sleeves of his wizard robe. "They're going to beg me to speak at the next Wizards' Convention after they get a load of this spell. Close your eyes, kiddos. Here we go."

Wiglaf closed his eyes. He heard Zelnoc singing:

"Flies have 'em,

Bees have 'em,

Even itchy little fleas have 'em.

Now, presto! You'll have 'em, too.


As Zelnoc sang, Wiglaf felt his shoulder blades growing. He heard a ripping sound. Was that his DSA tunic? He began to feel dizzy.

Zelnoc sang on:

"Ducks have 'em,

Hens have 'em,

Even funny little penguins have 'em.

Now, presto! You'll have 'em, too.


Wings were sprouting out of Wiglaf's back! He was sure of it. He opened one eye just a crack and saw Zelnoc twirling as he belted out:

"Vampire bats in their caves have 'em,

Scaly dragons do, too.

Wings, baby, you've got 'em,

Oh, what Zelnoc can do!"

"Wizard!" cried Angus. "Stop!"

Suddenly, a terrible dizziness overtook Wiglaf. His head whirled. He felt sick. He felt his whole body growing. RRIPPPPP! He felt as if he was bursting through his skin. He felt his neck growing longer. Teeth pushed up out of his gums. His eyeballs felt like inflating balloons. And what was that growing out of his backside? Dizziness took over. Wiglaf felt as if he was falling, falling.

Then all was quiet.

Wiglaf opened his eyes. He glanced over his shoulder at his back. Yep, he had wings. Not feathery little birdie wings, either. Huge, silvery, scaled wings.

"Angus?" he called. "Erica?"

No answer.

Wiglaf looked around. Everything was a blur. He blinked. He thought he saw Angus and Erica. But, no. Those weren't his friends. He blinked again. Now he saw that standing where Angus and Erica had been were two dragons!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    We love DSA!

    My husband started reading the Dragon Slayers' Academy series to our 5 year old son who is enamored of dragons, magic, etc. Our 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter both were not interested in the series.

    After the first several books the 10 year old overheard some of a story and decided to pick up book one to read on his own. He's 14 books into the series now and finds them very entertaining.

    The 7 year old daughter still hasn't started reading them, but every time she is within earshot of my husband reading to the 5 year old she likes to stop and listen and laugh along with them.

    As for the 5 year old: he loves them dearly. He applauds Wiglaf's successes, loves the interactions between the characters, and has memorized all the titles to 19 books (he can't read yet).

    Rarely have we found a book series all three kids enjoy. This series is one of them.

    All the characters have their own different and engaging personalities. The situations are comical and entertaining.

    A great series of books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Loi with dsa

    Great gor the young and old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014


    Bla and boooooooooooooo! 8(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012


    This book ricks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012


    Good book

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    Enjoyable reading...

    I have been reading the Dragon Slayer Academy books to my six year old son at bedtime for the past year but now he is able to read them himself. I enjoy the stories with my son so much that I let him read the books we already read and I still read him the books we have not read yet. The stories are fun, entertaining and exciting; they teach about right and wrong along with friendship and bravery.

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    Posted August 12, 2011

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