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The dragon's eye /

Something that I still could hardly make out was flying round and round th room, I could see wings, scales, and a wisp of smoke rising from its nostrils. I saw it fly over to the other side of the room, positioning it's self directly opposite me. With wings outspread and claws at the ready, it... Full description

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Other Authors: Carrell, Douglas.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Candlewick Press, 2006
Edition: First edition.
Series: Dragonology chronicles ; v.1.
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For the first time ever, DRAGONOLOGY fiction Introducing the Dragonology Chronicles -- full-length novels with enough fire-breathing adventure to satisfy true DRAGONOLOGY fans who just can't get enough
Adventure Villains And dragons, dragons, dragons Brought to us by the creators of the runaway NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers DRAGONOLOGY and THE DRAGONOLOGY HANDBOOK, the Dragonology Chronicles are a series of dragon adventures told by one of Dr. Drake's young students. In Volume 1 of the Chronicles, THE DRAGON'S EYE, Daniel Cook and his sister, Beatrice, spend the summer with their parents' eccentric former tutor, Dr. Ernest Drake. Not only do Daniel and Beatrice begin to study dragonology, but they are also soon caught up in the race to find the stolen Dragon's Eye jewel - which has the power to reflect the true Dragon Master - before it is stolen by evil dragonologist Ignatius Crook. The two must work with Dr. Drake -- as well as many friendly dragons -- to foil Ignatius and recover the Dragon's Eye.


Review by Booklist Review

After success with such imaginative books as the Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003) and the Dragonology Handbook (2005), Steer is launching the Dragonology Chronicles, a series of adventures based on the purportedly nonfiction writings of the eccentric dragonologist, Dr. Ernest Drake. This first entry is narrated by 12-year-old Daniel Cook, who, along with his sister, Beatrice, is sent to a school run by Dr. Drake, where the youngsters pursue the secret study of dragons. Mysterious happenings lead the children to accompany the doctor on a search for the Dragon's Eye, the key to the fate of all the dragons, which is being sought by the evil Ignatious Crook. Steer infuses the exciting story with the flavor of a nineteenth-century novel and incorporates some of the equipment, spells, and dragon lore found in his earlier books. Dragon lovers will be well pleased. --Sally Estes Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The year is 1882, in this first volume of the Dragonology Chronicles, and Daniel and Beatrice's parents leave the siblings in the care of their friend Dr. Drake while they attend to their mysterious "work." Dr. Ernest Drake, an eccentric "dragonologist" (whose name will be familiar to Dragonology fans), proceeds to teach them the skills of dragonology-the care and protection of the beasts that society believes are mythical but are actually just well camouflaged. The children learn of the Dragon Master, a human who had authority over the field; before his death, the last Dragon Master, Ebenezer Crook, decided that his post should remain vacant-and the Dragon Eye gem, the symbol of the Master's authority and which bears Crook's reflection, is hidden. Enter Ignatius Crook, son of Ebenezer, who is intent on finding the gem, and steals Dr. Drake's dragon diary for clues to its whereabouts. A thought-provoking allegory on the conservation of animals lurks just below the surface of the novel (Crook felt that dragons should be allowed to go extinct if that is their destiny, while Drake feels it is man's responsibility to protect all creatures). Steer's story strongly resembles its best-selling journal-like predecessors, only in narrative form. The author liberally sprinkles countless species and their attributes, along with bits of history and dragon lore, around the tale of Drake vs. Crook. It might seem slight on its own, but as a companion to Dragonology the book is quite satisfying and charming. Ages 9-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (2003) and The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons (2005, both Candlewick) are purported to be guides written by Dr. Ernest Drake, one of Victorian-era Britain's foremost dragonologists. Steer, their real author, has now written the first of a series of novels about Dr. Drake as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Daniel Cook, one of his apprentices. In 1882, Daniel and his older sister are unaware that their mother and father are dragonologists working in India for the colonial government. The children are at first disappointed when they are shipped directly from their boarding school to Dr. Drake's-they had been promised a summer holiday with their parents-but the eccentric man introduces them to their first dragons and they're soon hooked on the "science." A sinister rival, Ignatius Crook, hopes to claim a gem, the Dragon's Eye, that would give him powers over the dragons of the British Isles, and Drake and his crew are determined to stop him. Soon Drake, Daniel, and Beatrice are journeying all over the nation by train and boat and on dragonback to track down the precious stone. This book will be lots of fun for fans of the beautifully illustrated "Dragonology" titles, but as a work of fantasy, it is merely average. The art, critical in a work like this one, is unspectacular; several of the adult characters, in particular Crook, are stereotypes; and the young protagonists lack depth.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Children's writer Dugald A. Steer was born in 1965 in South London and grew up in Surrey, England. After studying English literature and philosophy at Bristol University, he took a TEFL course and moved to Spain. Steer later worked in England as an editor for Templar Publishing. He created the bestselling Ologies series for children, which includes such popular titles as Dragonology, Egyptology, Wizardology, Pirateology, and Oceanology.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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