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Children's LiteratureDragon is the third and final installment of "The Secret Country Trilogy." Unfortunately, it's one of those sequels which is very difficult to follow without intimate knowledge of the books which preceded it—and in the world of fantasy this is critical. Ted and his little sister Laura arrive back home in Real World, USA, from their recent adventures to discover that there's been a bit of a time discrepancy. They've landed months past the promised few lapse of minutes promised between the Hidden Land and reality. What to do? Return, of course, and sort it out. Thus they once more become enmeshed in the Byzantine politics and chaotic magic of the place behind mirrors. Pamela Dean recreates this world with zeal, enthusiastically mixing pseudo-medieval settings with her concept of "Shakespearian English." Better read parts one and two first if you've the strength for it. 2003 (orig. 1989), Firebird, Ages 10 to 14.