Icefire (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Icefire (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Chris d'Lacey

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Go on a magical and mysterious adventure as Chris d'Lacey follows, David Rain, Liz and Lucy Pennykettle, Zanna Martindale, the evil sibyl Gwilanna and a slew of dragons and other animals as they seek to save dragons,  See more details below


Go on a magical and mysterious adventure as Chris d'Lacey follows, David Rain, Liz and Lucy Pennykettle, Zanna Martindale, the evil sibyl Gwilanna and a slew of dragons and other animals as they seek to save dragons,

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is the sequel to The Fire Within, and the prequel to Firestar, but it stands alone perfectly well. If any reader has an idea that writing fiction can be fun and profitable, that myth is thoroughly debunked on the first page. Elizabeth Pennykettle (Liz) makes clay dragons for a living; her daughter Lucy designs them, and their tenant, aspiring writer David Rains, is learning how to live with them—that is, the dragons. Liz made one for David when he moved in, with a notepad in one hand and a pencil in the other. Occasionally, when David is having trouble with his writing, Gadzooks will scribble something on the pad that has been helpful to him. He is not sure if he has imagined the writing, but now "he was embarrassed to realize that he had once allowed himself to believe that they might, in some way, be real." Of course, they are real, and David must soon embark on a journey to the Arctic, where it seems that polar bears have a mystic link with dragons. Readers who are familiar with dragon lore probably already know the stories—how dragons' fire tears are formed and how they can be used. But evil enters the story in the guise of "Aunty Gwyneth," an ancient sybil claiming to be Liz's relative, who steals her dragon's egg (and here it gets more than a little muddled) which is ready to hatch and puts the entire household in her power. By the time this story is over, we are ready for the next one. Recommended.
This sequel to d'Lacey's The Fire Within (Orchard, 2001) continues the story of college student David Rain. David rents a room from Liz Pennykettle and her daughter, Lucy. The Pennykettles make clay dragons that become real when imbued with Liz's power. When a visiting professor assigns David an essay about dragons, the adventure begins. David wishes on a dragon to find the truth behind an ancient legend about the dragon Gwain, who shed a fire tear. Intent to steal the tear for her own use, the evil Gwillana infiltrates and takes control of the Pennykettle household. Aided by his special writing dragon Gadzooks, Lucy, and goth-girl Zanna, David builds his connection to the polar bears that guard the tear, uncovers the legend's truth, saves Liz and her dragons, and finds a new love. Strongly rooted in the real world, the magic, evil, adventure, and romance give this novel all the elements of good traditional fantasy. The writing style is solid, and even though plot twists get tangled up, the fast-paced excitement will capture reader's attention. Appealing to a much younger juvenile audience than the publisher's marketing target or the age of the main character suggest, this book will enable teachers to find connections to environmentalism and global warming hidden in the plot. Although this sequel is able to stand on its own, the background given in the first novel is helpful, and librarians will want to buy the first volume as well as the third volume Fire Star (Orchard Books, 2005). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2006, Orchard, 421p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Rachel L. Wadham
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This book expands on the dragon lore created in The Fire Within (Scholastic, 2005). College student David Rain's new professor, Dr. Bergstrom, a polar research scientist, introduces him to legends from the Arctic and invites him to write an essay about dragons to qualify for a research trip. A succession of paranormal events leads to David's flamboyant classmate Zanna inadvertently "quickening" a dragon egg belonging to his landlady, Liz. A powerful woman who calls herself Gwyneth, and who claims to be Liz's aunt, arrives to help with the arrival of the new dragon. David discovers that Gwyneth is a figure from dragon legends, and that her motivations may lead to harm for him and for his friends. His attempts to oppose her result in an action-packed conclusion, expanding further on the legends and leaving room for the final volume in the series. In contrast to the domestic story of The Fire Within, Icefire offers a darker and more mature story. Liz's clay dragons develop a greater degree of realism within the story, and their background is further explored. Readers will find action and mysteries aplenty in this fantastic tale, as well as a group of appealing dragons who are tricky, heroic, and often charming.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Demco Media
Publication date:
Last Dragon Chronicles Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Icefire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 228 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be the best series i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most gutwrenching eye opening books i've read even though the books are very long you'll read and you will not put the book down till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by my best friend. He knew I loved dragons, for he was the one who taught me that they aren't always evil. This book is the sequel to the Fire Within. All the dragons continue to warm my heart as many times as I reread it. My opinion counts as much as anyone else's, and I enjoyed this book more than life itself! It would mean so much to me if you read this book. I hope you like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only the 2nd book!?!? I cant wait for the rest!!!!!!
Mallory83 More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book a must read for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should DEFINETLY read it! Its a really good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the first book The fire within, it talks about the hedgehog named Spikey at the very end. So you might've thought Oh joy, the first book was packed full of crazy squirrels now the second book is full of hedgehogs! Actually, the main animal of this sequel was polar bears which play a huge part in the plot. Unlike the first book, icefire was unpredictable, the author was more literate, no squirrels, and no sarcastic remarks from David. This book IS full of action and it's hard for me to believe anyone would say otherwise. I ask you, does a book involving an inuit talisman, 9 mysterious polar bears, stopping a villan from destroying the fabric of earth, visiting the arctic, finding the mystery behind the clay dragons, discovering what an icefire really is, the truth behind the old tale of gwilanna, David having to make some hard decisions, and finding out who this weird college professor really is, seem action packed to you? I find all of it to be pretty interesting, exciting, and most definitely action packed. In fact, there seemed to be SO MUCH action that it even confused me! The one error I found in this book, was how confusing and jumbled up things would get near the good actiony parts. One of the things I really liked about icefire was of course the big mystery. It really keeps you guessing till the end it was unpredictable as I've said before in this review. Icefire makes up for the The fire within's squirrel subplot. What I didn't mention was the ending. You'd think with the funny parts and heart warming bits in the story there would be a good ending with it all coming together with no questions left behind...wrong. The last one or two paragraphs were pretty scary to me because it was such a cliff hanger. After you are done reading Icefire, you will want to read Firestar a lot. But anyways, this book is so unlike any other dragon story I've read in a long time and is unique and creative and stands out among all of the other dragon books you see on the shelf. It's almost impossible to tell what will happen next when reading it. If you are wondering if you should read this book or not but have doubts because of the first one, don't hesitate cause this book is squirrel free and if it wasn't for the snigger and the nutbeast story in the beginning, there probably would have been no snigger wasn't for nothing. All in all, compared to the first book there were some major improvments and I recommend this book to anyone I think who will enjoy reading a unique one of a kind story about clay dragons come to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Could'nt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like it and countious the first book very well
Lilah Rak More than 1 year ago
Awsome book with cool plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read i like grace but i wish i had g'reth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book but a little confuseing to yunger ones
Kellen26 More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy to follow, great for intermediate level readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls out a pure light bde.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book and its only the 2nd one OMG!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first one the fire within as a BOB book pretty good so yeah excited to read this one great work Chris'Dlacey I luved the first one. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series you know how you have that feeling in some books this is one of those feelings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No dumb warrior cat would ever stand a chance agenst a dragon even a clay one munchmuncmunch (dragon eating a cat)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book i read it twice and reading the whole series again on my nook for summer I won the first book and wanted to read more about what happens to the dragons and david and everyone in the book Really suggest u read this book and the seriea :) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the book that ultimately gives you the basic understanding to set you up for the rest of the series... it has the very important key topics which I assure you is the reason you shouldn't skip it but it does have a majority of slow parts... just like Dark Fire later on in the series Beautifully written though as always with this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Paulette_Charmet More than 1 year ago
Chris d'Lacey's series is entertaining. Confusing if read out of order. Ancient forces including dragons, polar bears, witches, and humans, collide in modern day joy and heartbreak. Best for 8-14 year olds.