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The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles) Kindle Edition

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Length: 354 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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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"D'Lacey's characters are realistic and engaging—A page turner." —The Horn Book

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F3UE8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have had most of the books from The Last Dragon Chronicles on my to be read shelf for a few years now. The covers grabbed my attention, I was intrigued by the write ups on the back. But I just kept not getting to them. Looking back I really wish I had sooner. It was not until I picked up Chris's other series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent and started reading them with my children that I discovered how wonderful an author he is. In the last month I have read 5 of his books and currently have 2 underway.

When reading children's books and young adult books some of my key ideas to make it an excellent book are: would I read it again, would I read it with my children, would I gift it to friends and family. To date all of the Chris d'Lacey books I have read fit into all three categories. This book was an amazing read. As reading it I could completely picture the events and was drawn into the world d'Lacey has created. This book is the interweaving of three stories, the story we are being told, the retelling of the last dragon's story, and the story that is being written within this story. And all three work together perfectly. I need to be pretty impressed with a book to give it 5 out of 5 stars, this one I wish I could give more.

This is also the story of the coming of David to Wayward Crescent and to the creation of his special dragon, Gadzooks. David has come as a border at 42 Wayward Crescent, Scrubbley, Massachusetts, he is in college in Geography and quickly realizes there is something strange at his new home and with Liz and Lucy Pennykettle the mother and daughter he is renting from. He also quickly realizes there is something strange about the Pennykettle dragons. David is also roped into writing a story for Lucy for her birthday.
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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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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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love his books
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