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Maryjanice Davidson
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June 6 2006
Where can you find weredragons, beaststalkers, and werachnids all in one room? Jennifer Scales's family reunion.

Getting through high school is hard enough. Jennifer Scales has the added pressure of her weredragon life, taking trips to Crescent Lake to morph into a dragon under the constant threat of enemy attack. What's worse, she's also half beaststalker from her Mom's side. Beaststalkers and weredragons are mortal enemies, and tension is growing over some suspicious deaths lately. She must prove to both sides that they can live in harmony, just like her family. Well, most of the time. That is until Jennifer finds out that she has a half-brother with a few too many legs.

Unfortunately he's bent on some payback for a lifetime of abandonment and Jennifer's dad is his number-one target. Her life's starting to look like a daytime talk show. Somehow she will have to convince everyone to get along, before they take matters in their own claws.

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MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Anthony Alongi is a fantastically good-looking, talented writer who doesn’t deserve his fantastically good-looking wife, the gifted writer MaryJanice Davidson (Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated, Undead and Unreturnable, Undead and Unpopular, Undead and Uneasy, The Royal Treatment, Hello, Gorgeous!, “Wicked” Women Whodunnit). He spends far too much time playing games on the computer and doesn’t appreciate his wife, although he makes a mean bacon dinner and stumbled his way through Carleton College and Harvard University. He is a contract writer for Hasbro, Inc. His interests include annoying his wife, chasing his children around the house, and writing his wife’s bio.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 14 2008
Format:Paperback
It's not always easy to find out that you are half-beaststalker, half-weredragon, especially when life is just beginning to get better. Jennifer Scales knows exactly how it feels. If only her parents would have told her sooner, it may have been easier. For one thing, though, her strength is perfect for playing soccer.

With some quick adjustments, Jennifer began to get used to the whole morphing-into-a-dragon thing, especially since she can easily change back into her teenage self.

Quickly getting used to flying around and always wanting to go back to Crescent Valley, a weredragon refuge that most do not know about, Jennifer continues to strengthen her weredragon side. But, of course, since she is half-beaststalker (her mother is one), she also has to take lessons from her mom, even though it isn't easy.

Then Jennifer gets another shock of her life: her father was married once before her mother, to Diana, a werachnid. They had a baby together, although Jennifer's father thought at first the baby was dead. But he soon finds out that the baby, Evangelos, wasn't dead after all. He was just in another dimension, abandoned, and not very happy about it. All Evangelos wants now is revenge, and Jennifer's dad is his target.

Ironically enough, weredragons are beginning to be found dead, and the victims are those close to Jennifer's dad. Could it be Evangelos? Jennifer knows that she has to protect the ones she loves and put an end to all of the murders, before the murderer attacks her parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best line ever written in teen fiction July 15 2006
By Shelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Near the end of the second, and quite wonderful Jennifer Scales book, the most perfect description appears that pretty much says everything you ever need about teenagers and reality. Don't worry, it isn't a spoiler, but could anyone possibly top "She followed him down the hallway, smelling the faint odor of unshowered boy"? It rings true, as does virtually everything having to do with growing up and dealing with relationships in this book. Yes, it is a fantasy novel, and gloriously, it is written on several levels, so that both my 12-year old and I enjoyed it equally (since I cannot let her read MJD's adult fiction yet). My daughter agreed that the teenagers were accurately depicted, the plot was filled with twists and action, and the ups and downs were all there for a reason. MaryJanice Davidson's trademark humor, a little downplayed for a younger audience, is augmented by what must be Tony Alongi's gift for narrative description. The combination pulls you into the story and does not let you go. The broad hints at a third book were greeted, in our household, by sighs of relief and irritation that the next book was not available already.

There is humor, the angst of adolescence, the importance of relationships -- all without the heavy-handedness of most "uplifting" teen fiction. All this AND a great plot, too! I cannot wait for the next installment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a surprize Aug. 15 2006
By Tracy L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It seemed that MJD books were becming stale and overwritten and this was a breath of fresh air. While written for a younger crowd, the adult reader will find much to enjoy! The characters are well-developed, the plot line is fantastic, the sub plots fit the main plot exceedingly well. The heorine is a strong positive character that has to work through obstacles that most of us can identify with (who's going to ask us to the dance??) and captures the readers imagination with her love of her parents, her family, friends, and "special" skills. WOW! I can't wait for the next Jennifer Scales book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fiction for all ages July 22 2006
By SaraBell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Jennifer Scales series capture teenage angst dead on target. I came upon this series by accident as a fan of other works from the author. Imagine my suprise seeing such a well written "Teenage science fiction". I read from start to finish. Jennifer has a mouth on her; similar to my own teenagers. The story was emotional at times; but wonderfuly written by the authors (how do you do that??). Thank you for such a great series, hope to see future installments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 14 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's not always easy to find out that you are half-beaststalker, half-weredragon, especially when life is just beginning to get better. Jennifer Scales knows exactly how it feels. If only her parents would have told her sooner, it may have been easier. For one thing, though, her strength is perfect for playing soccer.

With some quick adjustments, Jennifer began to get used to the whole morphing-into-a-dragon thing, especially since she can easily change back into her teenage self.

Quickly getting used to flying around and always wanting to go back to Crescent Valley, a weredragon refuge that most do not know about, Jennifer continues to strengthen her weredragon side. But, of course, since she is half-beaststalker (her mother is one), she also has to take lessons from her mom, even though it isn't easy.

Then Jennifer gets another shock of her life: her father was married once before her mother, to Diana, a werachnid. They had a baby together, although Jennifer's father thought at first the baby was dead. But he soon finds out that the baby, Evangelos, wasn't dead after all. He was just in another dimension, abandoned, and not very happy about it. All Evangelos wants now is revenge, and Jennifer's dad is his target.

Ironically enough, weredragons are beginning to be found dead, and the victims are those close to Jennifer's dad. Could it be Evangelos? Jennifer knows that she has to protect the ones she loves and put an end to all of the murders, before the murderer attacks her parents.

An enjoyable follow up to the first and very unique novel in the series featuring Jennifer Scales (JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE), JENNIFER SCALES AND THE MESSENGER OF LIGHT has action, mystery, and secrets that will shock and amaze those who have fallen in love with the series. Jennifer's life will not be going back to normal anytime soon, and her adventure is just getting started. MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi create a world different from what most have read about and then go on to satisfy their biggest fans.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 11-year old son and I both loved the book! June 12 2006
By KBR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My son (11) and I LOVE the Jennifer Scales books. I've long been a fan of MJD's adult fiction so when I saw the Ancient Furnace book for teens I had to get it. My son and I read both books together and he is now a huge fan as well. We are hoping for a book 3!?! It's great to find books that combine all the elements we love: imaginative characters and situations, weirdness, scares, laughs and a multigenerational appeal. A lot of young adult books bludgeon the kids with heavy morality, which can be a turn off. These don't do that but they do teach wonderful lessons about friendship, family, and bigotry.
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