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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439672465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439672467
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7 Up–This book expands on the dragon lore created in The Fire Within (Scholastic, 2005). College student David Rain's new professor, Dr. Bergstrom, a polar research scientist, introduces him to legends from the Arctic and invites him to write an essay about dragons to qualify for a research trip. A succession of paranormal events leads to David's flamboyant classmate Zanna inadvertently quickening a dragon egg belonging to his landlady, Liz. A powerful woman who calls herself Gwyneth, and who claims to be Liz's aunt, arrives to help with the arrival of the new dragon. David discovers that Gwyneth is a figure from dragon legends, and that her motivations may lead to harm for him and for his friends. His attempts to oppose her result in an action-packed conclusion, expanding further on the legends and leaving room for the final volume in the series. In contrast to the domestic story of The Fire Within, Icefire offers a darker and more mature story. Liz's clay dragons develop a greater degree of realism within the story, and their background is further explored. Readers will find action and mysteries aplenty in this fantastic tale, as well as a group of appealing dragons who are tricky, heroic, and often charming.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Gr 7 Up–This book expands on the dragon lore created in The Fire Within (Scholastic, 2005). College student David Rain's new professor, Dr. Bergstrom, a polar research scientist, introduces him to legends from the Arctic and invites him to write an essay about dragons to qualify for a research trip. A succession of paranormal events leads to David's flamboyant classmate Zanna inadvertently “quickening” a dragon egg belonging to his landlady, Liz. A powerful woman who calls herself Gwyneth, and who claims to be Liz's aunt, arrives to help with the arrival of the new dragon. David discovers that Gwyneth is a figure from dragon legends, and that her motivations may lead to harm for him and for his friends. His attempts to oppose her result in an action-packed conclusion, expanding further on the legends and leaving room for the final volume in the series. In contrast to the domestic story of The Fire Within, Icefire offers a darker and more mature story. Liz's clay dragons develop a greater degree of realism within the story, and their background is further explored. Readers will find action and mysteries aplenty in this fantastic tale, as well as a group of appealing dragons who are tricky, heroic, and often charming.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Chris d'Lacey writes books for children of all ages, but is best known for his series The Last Dragon Chronicles which have sold nearly four million copies worldwide.

He was born in Malta, but has absolutely no memory of the island and has never been back. Most of his life has been lived in Leicester, England. He now lives in Devon, England.

His early ambition was to be a songwriter, and he did not begin writing fiction until he was in his early thirties. He kicked off with a gentle 'Christmassy' story that grew, alarmingly, into a 250,000 word adult saga about polar bears. It is still to come out of his 'bottom drawer'. He progressed to writing short stories and had a smattering of efforts placed in a variety of well-regarded small press magazines. He had no real plans to try children's fiction until a friend suggested he enter a competition to write a story for nine-year-olds. He didn't win the competition, but sent the story to a publisher who picked it off a slush pile. He has now switched completely to children's fiction and has published over thirty titles, many of which have been widely translated. 'Fly, Cherokee, Fly' (his first children's novel) was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.


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Couldn't stop reading can't wait until I buy the next book!
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I highly recommend this book for anyone, and most certainly if you want a fun, simple, exciting read.
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This is the second time I've read this book and it's still one of the best I have ever read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book_Luver on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had bought it for my daughter who is 13, and she suggested that I read it. I was pleasantly surprised at the way the writer was able to appeal to both a younger and older audience much like J.K. Rowling. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in the unbelievable and enjoys fantasy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathie @First Page to the Last Book Reviews on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have recently read the first book, The Fire Within, and was pleased to see this second book. I cannot say this loud enough: I LOVED THIS BOOK! The first one touched on dragons and was sweet, funny and a joy. THIS one was thrilling and I could barely put it down, and since I'm the mother of 3, with a farm full of dogs, cats, horses and chickens, there is always something that needs doing, BUT I just couldn't put it down! I hate that I have to wait 8 days for the NEXT one! Way to go Chris, this was great. My husband will be reading this to our children, and they are NOT going to want him to stop each evening....Come on Fire Star! Okay, going back to re-read IceFire, it is so worth another look.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you enjoyed The Fire Within then the sequel Ice Fire will thrill you. This book expands on the dragons that were mentioned in the first book of the series. David Rain is attending college in a small town called Wayward and his new professor Dr. Bergstrom invites him to write an essay about dragons. David could win a trip to the Arctic and do some research with the professor. There are many strange perplexing incidents that occur in the story. When his friend Zanna accidently quickens an egg that belongs to Liz an ominous person shows up. Liz's Aunt Gwyneth moves into the house to help with the new dragon. David has a premonition that the Aunt is up to no good. With the help of his dragons and the professor he finds out the real reason for the Aunt's visit. Does He win the essay contest? I guess you will have to read the book to find out. The dragons are tricky, charming and they are able to elude the Aunt. The ending leads up to the next book in the series Firestar
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is exellent!!!It may be long but it has so many swerves you will end up on the edge of your seat!!!You also, however, must pay close attention!!!This is NOT a book you should expect to wiz through & know every detail!!But it is interesting
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria_airaM on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Icefire is the second book in the Fire Star trilogy. It's a fun read although it is a kid's book. They set it at 7th grade and up, but I'd say more like 4th grade and up. The story is unique and the characters are very interesting. There are lots of things to learn about, the Artic, polar bears and, of course, myths and legends; or are they real?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MEKAEEL on January 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was a little bit disappointed by the first book (The Fire Within) since the cover promised us a story about dragons but none was seen. However, I really enjoyed the style and the spirit among the characters. That alone drove me to order (Icefire) and I have to say the story really starts here not in the first book.

The Fire within was almost about squirrels, which made it kind of silly for me as an adult reader. But in Icefire you get to know a lot about the dragons and the bears. The plot is much more intense and thrilling, new characters appear and the story broadens a lot.

You may notice that many things were mentioned in The Fire Within and you get confused about some names and details but you'll be safe when you continue so don't worry about it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I think this book is head and shoulders above the original (The Fire Within)! It would help to read the first book before you read my review, since you'll know what I'm talking about. Here's the summary: at the beginning, David is trying to get "Snigger" published, but to no avail. Lucy is making him a wishing dragon which is soon dubbed, "G'reth." David is assigned a essay on the existance of dragons, and a he makes a wish with G'reth to know about the scale of Gawain. This brings about lots of trouble, not the least of which is a strange figure named "Aunty Gwyneth." David also has a new girlfriend, Zanna. A Goth wanna-be, Zanna helps bring about many complications in the story.

So, just who is Aunty Gwyneth, and why has she come around the Pennykettle residence? What do bears have to do with all of this? What new abilities will David uncover? And finally, how will Sophie feel about this whole David-Zanna affair? To find out, you'll have to read Icefire, by Chris D,Lacey!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you like dragons,read this book,if you like odd books,read this book. Icefire is a great book that almost everyone will like(at least that's what I think).
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