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Gruffen (The Dragons of Wayward Crescent Series)
     

Gruffen (The Dragons of Wayward Crescent Series)

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by Chris d'Lacey
 

Bestselling author Chris d'Lacey's first series for young readers ages 7 to 10 - complete with black and white lined drawings!

When Lucy Pennykettle suspects there's a monster in her bedroom, her mom knows exactly what to do. She creates a new dragon - Gruffen the guard dragon. But can Gruffen discover the mystery behind the monster?
New York Times

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Bestselling author Chris d'Lacey's first series for young readers ages 7 to 10 - complete with black and white lined drawings!

When Lucy Pennykettle suspects there's a monster in her bedroom, her mom knows exactly what to do. She creates a new dragon - Gruffen the guard dragon. But can Gruffen discover the mystery behind the monster?
New York Times Bestselling author, Chris d'Lacey, debuts his first series for younger readers - full of magic, adventure, and humor. Featuring black and white lined illustrations!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Lucy is a typical nine-year-old, and her mother, Liz, is a sculptor best known for her quirky ceramic dragons. Their household appears to be an average one, but when they are alone, something magical happens: their dragons come to life. They all have special abilities, and Lucy and Liz call upon their talents when they need help. Liz creates Gruffen to protect Lucy after she sees a "monster" in her bedroom. Unfortunately, he is young and inexperienced, and causes quite a commotion in the process of dealing with the mysterious entity. He is not short on heart, though, and is determined to find a solution that makes everyone happy and safe—even the "monster." Aimed at younger readers than the audience for D'Lacey's "Last Dragon Chronicles" (Scholastic), this is a cozy and safe tale with bits of humor sprinkled throughout. Line drawings add visual interest; their cartoon style also enforces the light, upbeat mood. This is not a story for readers who are looking for adventure and excitement, but it will satisfy those who want a taste of dragon lore.—Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, NY
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Lucy Pennykettle cannot sleep again. It has been a few nights now that a monster has been flying around in her room. Perhaps it is an autumn leaf casting a mysterious, monster-like shadow on the bedroom wall. But when Lucy's mother checks the room, there is nothing to be found. So, Mrs. Pennykettle decides that it is time to make a very special dragon to watch over Lucy. In her workroom (called the Dragon's Den), Mrs. Pennykettle creates the special guard dragon by molding a unique piece of gray clay; the source of the clay is kept a secret. Mrs. Pennykettle cuts a tiny piece of a magical snowball and places the piece of ice on the newly created dragon's nose. The clay dragon still needs to be kilned for a few days before he is ready. Interesting events occur at 42 Wayward Crescent, home of Lucy and her mother. Not all of the Pennykettle's secrets are revealed in this book, part of "The Dragons of Wayward Crescent" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Nine-year-old Lucy Pennykettle's new guard dragon, Gruffen, discovers that the terrifying monster in her bedroom is really the shadow of a small bat in need of a better home. D'Lacey has brought back Lucy and Liz from The Fire Within (2005) and its sequels for this first of a new series aimed at much younger readers. Ceramic artist Elizabeth Pennykettle makes dragon sculptures; some, she brings to life. Created with a book in his paws, young Gruffen's efforts to learn about his world through reading and exploration provide most of the narrative arc. This short chapter book has a series of conflicts that include Lucy's night fears, a neighbor's determination to get rid of the bats and the need to keep the dragon secret, but unfortunately adults resolve them all. The idea of a small guard dragon is undeniably appealing, but Stower's inferior illustrations, the flat characters, shifting story line and the too-obvious message make this a disappointment. (Fantasy. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545168151
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Dragons Of Wayward Crescent Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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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