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The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Chris d'Lacey
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–This British import has a satisfying domestic reality, spiced with some very unusual dragons. When college student David Rain begins rooming at the home of Liz Pennykettle and her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, he becomes aware of a variety of unusual happenings connected to the clay dragons that Liz creates and sells. As David slowly learns about the family's past and abilities, he has to decide whether to accept Gadzooks, the special dragon Liz made for him. Lucy's attempts to save the neighborhood squirrels from a scheming neighbor are a second plot focus. A fictional story David writes for Lucy about these animals mirrors real developments in their lives, creating an unusual story-within-a-story. In spite of the dragon's eye staring out from the cover, readers may not find what they expect here–there are no magical battles or world-spanning quests to be found. Instead, d'Lacey has created a realistic relationship among David, Liz, and the appealingly strong-willed Lucy, and his dragon's small size is mirrored in the limited magic it performs. Information about the dragons' past and the promise of further stories from David leave ample room for the sequel. Fire Within is a smooth read and an original addition to dragon lore.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Praise for The Fire Within
"D'Lacey's characters are realistic and engaging—A page turner." —The Horn Book

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F3UE8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dragons' Beginning March 9 2006
By John
The Fire Within is a book that needs a lot of imagination to picture in your mind. It is written by Chris D’Lacey who has also written two more books in this series, Icefire, then Fire Star. It takes place in Scrubbleyville, Massachusetts in modern times. The main characters are David, Lucy, and Liz. Lucy is 11 years old and likes dragons and squirrels. Liz is Lucy’s mother who is a housekeeper and dragon kilner. A dragon kilner is a person who makes clay dragons. David is their tenant who is 20, goes to Scrubbley College, likes reading and wrote a book for Lucy about squirrels. The story is about David and Lucy trying to save a squirrel named Conker. At the same time Liz makes a clay dragon for David. It is green and has a pencil and notepad in its paws. David names it Gadzooks. It writes single words that inspire David to write a book. But a crow is trying to kill Conker and David sometimes yells at Gadzooks for upsetting him. You have to love your dragon and if you make it upset, it will cry. If its tear hits the ground before the owner catches it, it will die. So will David make Gadzooks cry and will he and Lucy save Conker? Get this book to find out. In this book I thought the storyline was a bit corny because of clay dragons and squirrels, but I give this book a rating of 3 stars and recommend it to people 9-11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every one likes dragons March 2 2006
By John
The Fire Within is an amazing book because it was written very well and the characters are well described. The Fire Within takes place at the Pennykettle house. There are four main characters in this book. David is the central character and is a tenant of the Pennykettle's. Gadzooks, David's special clay dragon, is another character and he is always trying to help David. Liz is the owner of the house and treats David as one of the family. Lucy is Liz's daughter; she loves squirrels and is very animated.
When David gets a special dragon from Liz, his life turns upside down. Lucy tries to tell David that dragons really do exist, but David does not understand. I recommend this book to people ages 10 and up. It is also good for readers who enjoy dragons, fiction and nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Depository Rules! April 6 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars April 17 2015
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love his books
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book But Series Is For OLDER Readers Nov. 16 2009
By A. Kisamore - Published on
I have never written a review before, but this one I felt very strongly about. Bought this book to read with my 7 year old as he LOVES dragons. Story dragged a bit, not a lot of dragons but cute. However, the second book took the children's story to a whole other level. I stopped reading it to my child, but continued on my own as it was a creative and fresh story that I had come to enjoy. But by the third book, I was more then a little disappointed with how dark things were getting and by the middle of the fourth, I stopped reading the series all together. Don't mind a few fanciful ideas or bad guys, but I do mind senseless killing of multiple characters (no matter what form you bring them back as) and making bad guys truly skin-crawling, evil. My child was disappointed that we could not continue the story of the cute, magical dragons. I was disappointed that yet another story line had to delve to levels far darker then any child or pre-teen should be exposed to.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, no violence or bad language June 14 2006
By Michelle Andersen - Published on
I pre-read this book for my 5- and 7-year old sons. They love dragons, but many of the dragon books and movies are a bit too violent in my opinion. I finished the book in two days because I couldn't put it down. I loved the squirrel plot and the mysterious clay dragons. I just bought the next two books in the series - Icefire and Firestar. I hope they are as good as the first.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was GREAT! Aug. 29 2005
By Kathie @First Page to the Last Book Reviews - Published on
I read review books for our school library. Some are okay, some are horrible, and then sometimes I get to read something STUPENDOUS....That was "The Fire Within". I LOVED the dragons, the squirrel part was touching, looking into the mind of a 20 year old boy was revealing....and the best part? Well, there is already Book 2 and Book 3 will be out in a couple of weeks! Hurray! My husband reads to our 3 girls each night, we have enjoyed the Harry Potter series, the Rowan books, Gregor and his adventures in the Underlands....and NOW we'll start on Chris d'Lacey's DRAGONS!!!! Keep 'em coming Chris.....
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS WICKED AWESOME!!!! Jan. 8 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on
I loved this book.Well,it is full of sadness,happyness,and of course DRAGONS!!!!!This book is for all fans of Eragon,Eldest and Dragon Rider.I am working to finesh ICE FIRE the second book.(Sneaky hent-the third book is FIRE STAR and the fourth book is THE FIRE ETERNAIL).Mistique,Dragon Lady,age 9.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joon's Book Review of the awesome book, "The Fire Within" Jan. 24 2005
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This is my Book review of a book called "The Fire Within" by Chris D' Lacey

This book is a five star action packed, lovable, and enjoyable book.

This book is about a 20 year old college student named David.

He moves in a mysteriously weird house, with an owner named Elizabeth.

He moves in because college is too far away from his hometown and he need to stay somewhere until he passes college. He has to live with a cat named Bonnington, a 10 year old girl named Lucy, and a woman named Elizabeth.

He notices this family is getting weirder and weirder everyday, all they talk about is dragons and they have a room which he where Elizabeth makes her clay dragons that doesn't have a kiln which David is forbidden to go inside.

One day when David gets his own clay dragon, it inspires him to write a story; mysteriously, the events in the story become real, even the clay dragons may come to real life! When his dragon is sad and his dragon is in danger of dying, David must master the fire within, not only with his hands, but with his heart. This book is the best book I have ever read in my life!

This has great description and it is very imaginative. Chris D' Lacey has written the sequel to this book, it is called Icefire. He has also written Beverly Cleary books and some other great books. Overall all think this book is the best book he has ever written, but I am going to wait until I get Icefire to assure it is the best book he has ever written. I think this book is a fantasy related book because it has dragons and all kinds of wondrous things, and because this book is a fantasy book it's what makes The Fire Within an awesome book!

So that is my book review about "The Fire Within, and if you love this book you should check out the sequel "Icefire.

Joon Hyong Cho
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