Return of the Dragonby Rebecca Rupp
With their parents off to London on a special trip, Hannah, Zachary, and Sarah Emily are thrilled to be going back to Aunt Mehitabel's house on Lonely Island. Though their/b>
Three adventurous children find further intrigue on the tiny Maine island where a talkative three-headed dragon peacefully lives out its days and the power of storytelling reigns supreme.
With their parents off to London on a special trip, Hannah, Zachary, and Sarah Emily are thrilled to be going back to Aunt Mehitabel's house on Lonely Island. Though their favorite aunt can't join them, they know their tummies will soon be filled with Mrs. Jone's mouth-watering cookies and their minds full of Fafnyr, the fabulous creature they befriended last summer. A glittering three-headed dragon who loves to tell stories and has a memory spanning 20,000 years, Fafnyr remains safely hidden in a cave high above the ocean, waiting for the children to return.
But is Fafnyr's hiding place safe? As the children nervously discover, a white yacht is now anchored off the private island, and a crew led by billionaire J.P. King has been scouring onshore, supposedly watching birds. Could he possibly be searching for a far rarer and more unusual specimen? The children have promised to keep Fafnyr's existense a secret, but it's hard to know if the smooth-talking Mr. King is friend or foe. Only Fafnyr's own stories can lead the Dragon Friends to the heart of the mystery, as they teach the children to think more clearly, to make the right decisions — and to discover what is truly worth fighting for.
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Suddenly Hannah, in the lead, stopped dead.
Look at that!" she said in a horrified voice.
Zachary and Sarah Emily crowded behind her, staring.
Someone had made a campsite on the beach. A cluster of white tents was set up behind the sheltering rise of a dune. There were five tents, one much larger than the others. "That must be the leader's," Zachary whispered.
The large tent had plastic windows in it - they could be sealed shut at night with white canvas covers - and a zippered double door. A folding wooden chair was set up just outside the door with a table net to it. On the other side of the chair was a tripod to which was attached an enormous pair of black binoculars.
As the children watched, crouching behind the tree trunks, the zippered door rolled open and an elderly Chinese man came out. He was tall and thin, dressed in a black suit, with an embroidered cap on his head. He stood silently, his expression grim, eyes narrowed to slits, arms folded across his chest. Then he stalked slowly across the campsite and vanished between the tents, headed in the direction of the sea.
"Who's that?" Sara Emily said. She sounded frightened.
Hannah and Zachary exchanged anxious glances.
"A trespasser," Zachary said.
They watched the camp for several more minutes, but nothing happened. The tents sat silent and deserted, their canvas doors firmly shut.
"We might as well go," Hannah whispered finally.
The children turned and crept quietly back through the trees, the way that they had come.
"Let's go see . . . F," Zachary said. "We should warn him about this."
THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON by Rebecca Rupp. Copyright (c) 2005 by Rebecca Rupp. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Meet the Author
Rebecca Rupp has written nonfiction articles for many national magazines on topics ranging from the history of blue jeans to the science of ice cream.. She is also the author of THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND, THE WATERSTONE, and several nonfiction books, both for children and adults. Of THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON, she says, "I hope all of you enjoy the return of Fafnyr's cave — and hearing from Aunt Mehitabel again — as much as I have. Much as I love the three-headed dragon, I also love Aunt Mehitabel. I plan to be just like her when I turn eighty-five." Rebecca Rupp lives in Vermont with her husband, three sons, three cats, and a tarantula named Immanuel Kant.
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