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The Dragon in the Driveway Dragon Keepers Book 2 Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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When she is not writing, Kate Klimo is a children’s book publisher. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Harry, three horses, and one grandcat.

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Chapter One    

An Ill Wind    

Dear Mom and Dad,

It is still raining. The local weather guy says it's a record. Not as bad as India that time the Jeep floated away, but pretty bad. Our dog, Emmy, got tired of being cooped up in the garage. She got out and ran down the driveway into the street. Aunt Maggie went nuts! She made these poor guys come in the rain and put in an invisible fence. It's this underground wire that is supposed to keep the dog in the yard. One step over it and whammo, she really gets zapped. (Don't tell Aunt Maggie,but Emmy runs right over it anyway!)
    

Ten-year-old Jesse reread his e-mail. He hadn't included the information that the dog had turned back into a dragon for an instant the first time she was zapped, and that Mrs. Nosy-Britches, who lived across the street, was standing at her mailbox at the exact moment the zap happened.  

"It's the oddest thing," Mrs. Nosy-Britches kept saying to anyone who would listen, "but I could swear I saw this very large lizard in the driveway across the street. If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was some sort of a dragon."  

Jesse finished and sent the e-mail. He listened to the rain rattling on the roof and watched the slide show on the screen saver. The pictures were of him and his parents in some of the places where they had traveled and lived. Looking at it made him happy, if a little homesick for his parents and even the places: India, Africa, Costa Rica. . . . When he had first come to America to stay with his cousin Daisy, who was also ten, he had been so homesick that he had worn two wristwatches, one showing the time in the U.S. and the other the time in Africa, where his parents were. These days he wore just the one watch showing American time, but when there wasn't quite enough to keep him busy, like now, he missed his parents.  

Jesse was just shutting down the computer when he heard Daisy scream out his name. He leaped up, tore downstairs, slid down the hall in his socks, and collided with the kitchen table.  

"What?" he said, panting. "What is it, Daze?"  

Daisy was standing on a footstool gazing out the window over the sink. Her long white-blond hair was tucked behind her ears, which were pointy like an elf's and bright pink with excitement.  

"Jess, look!" she said, tapping the windowpane.  

Jesse looked, but the panes were fogging up from Daisy's breath. "What are we looking at?" he asked.  

"Don't you see?" Daisy whispered. "There and there?"  

Jesse boosted himself up onto the edge of the sink, leaned over, and rubbed a clear spot in the bottom pane. He stared hard through the porthole into the side yard. Trunks and leaves and branches were all churned up into one great green swarming, sopping mess.  

"Boy, oh, boy," he said, mustering some appreciation for the view. "The wind sure is blowing hard."  

Daisy tugged impatiently at the hood of his sweatshirt. "The two trees, Jess. See them?"  

"Which two trees?" he said.  

She groaned. "Get down and let me look."  

They switched places. Daisy pointed and said, "They're standing right there, exactly ten feet from the house. I swear, Jess, those trees were not there before."  

Jesse shivered. "How can you tell?" he asked.  

"Simple. There isn't either a Douglas fir or a quaking aspen growing in our side yard," Daisy said, getting down from the sink. "Plus they both have a bright strip of cloth or ribbon or something wrapped around their trunks. You can't miss them."   Even though he had been living in Daisy's house for nearly six months, Jesse didn't know every tree in the yard. That was Daisy's thing. Her favorite saying was "Not knowing the names of the flowers and the trees is like not knowing the names of your own sisters and brothers."  


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375855890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375855894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Morrison on November 21, 2009
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I bought my 9 year old niece both books 1 and 2. She is constantly asking me if book 3 has come out. I sincerely hope that it will soon. She absolutely loved these books.
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Emmy the dragon is getting a little bigger and a little more mature here in book two. The same cannot be said for this series as a whole.

The Dragon in the Driveway picks up shortly after the events of the first book, and not much has changed. St. George is still the primary enemy, and the setting remains confined to the limited number of locales in and around town, although we now get an abandoned mine to explore as well.

Book two takes a mystical turn by incorporating tree spirits and hobgoblins, but it's all rather nonsensical and surprisingly dull in execution. It's still Jesse and Daze vs. St. George. Ho-hum, nothing new to see here, really.

The best sequels expand upon the original and make the world of the story seem bigger. This one does the opposite. It's a lot of "more of the same" with diminishing returns. The problems of the first book are even more magnified now: the dull cardboard characters remain dull, and the weak plotting is neither exciting nor surprising.

I don't have high hopes for book three, but my niece and nephew are still interested in this series so I'll probably read it to them the next time they visit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Family4Christ on May 31, 2010
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My little daughter just loved it!!! She recently got the 3rd book of the series and engulfed the book in 2 days!!! Great imaginations and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2011
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this book may be short, but it was one of the best books i have read for a while! its the best coffe table book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 20, 2013
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We stumbled upon the 1st book The Dragon in the Sock Drawer and the girls loved it. It had everything a kid could ask for. How cool to find and hatch a dragon egg and then be part of the Dragon Keepers! We read it before bed everynight and were planning to purchase the whole series..... unfortunately last night as we read - we found the 2nd book's main focus turning to magic - all sorts of spirits and references to ouija boards,hobgoblins,tools jumping off the walls and wacking people, etc.... Things I do not wish to expose my 2 eight year olds to. They are also disappointed. We thought the story would treat the dragon as an adventure with a rare animal - instead its just the doorway to all things in the spirit realm.
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By M&M's Mom on January 31, 2012
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I bought this book for my 7-year-old son. He had read the first book in the series and loved it. He is partway through this one and loves it as well. The language and writing is at a good level for an advanced pre-teen reader, and he is able to read for long periods without having to ask for background information or word meanings.
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My students love these books. They wanted the whole series and more than one book so they could read with a partner. The characters are captivating and the stories keep them interested. This has been a great series collection for my classroom of high level second graders.
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A really fun book aimed at 3rd & 4th graders. I don't mind looking in and enjoyed the trip with two ten year olds. BTW I checked out book 1 from my library just to see what I missed.

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