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The Dragon's Eye: Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One [Kindle Edition]

Dugald A. Steer , Douglas Carrel
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Adventure! Villains! And dragons, dragons, dragons! From the creators of the best-selling Dragonology series, this first volume of the Dragonology Chronicles finds Daniel Cook and his sister, Beatrice, studying with eccentric dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake. Soon they’re caught up in a race to find the stolen Dragon’s Eye- a jewel that has the power to reflect the true Dragon Master- before it is stolen by the evil Ignatius Crook. Working with Dr. Drake (and many friendly dragons), can these young siblings foil Ignatius and recover the Dragon’s Eye?

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5—8—Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (2003) and The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons (2005, both Candlewick) are purported to be guides written by Dr. Ernest Drake, one of Victorian-era Britain's foremost dragonologists. Steer, their real author, has now written the first of a series of novels about Dr. Drake as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Daniel Cook, one of his apprentices. In 1882, Daniel and his older sister are unaware that their mother and father are dragonologists working in India for the colonial government. The children are at first disappointed when they are shipped directly from their boarding school to Dr. Drake's-they had been promised a summer holiday with their parents-but the eccentric man introduces them to their first dragons and they're soon hooked on the "science." A sinister rival, Ignatius Crook, hopes to claim a gem, the Dragon's Eye, that would give him powers over the dragons of the British Isles, and Drake and his crew are determined to stop him. Soon Drake, Daniel, and Beatrice are journeying all over the nation by train and boat and on dragonback to track down the precious stone. This book will be lots of fun for fans of the beautifully illustrated "Dragonology" titles, but as a work of fantasy, it is merely average. The art, critical in a work like this one, is unspectacular; several of the adult characters, in particular Crook, are stereotypes; and the young protagonists lack depth.—Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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After success with such imaginative books as the Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003) and the Dragonology Handbook (2005), Steer is launching the Dragonology Chronicles, a series of adventures based on the purportedly nonfiction writings of the eccentric dragonologist, Dr. Ernest Drake. This first entry is narrated by 12-year-old Daniel Cook, who, along with his sister, Beatrice, is sent to a school run by Dr. Drake, where the youngsters pursue the secret study of dragons. Mysterious happenings lead the children to accompany the doctor on a search for the Dragon's Eye, the key to the fate of all the dragons, which is being sought by the evil Ignatious Crook. Steer infuses the exciting story with the flavor of a nineteenth-century novel and incorporates some of the equipment, spells, and dragon lore found in his earlier books. Dragon lovers will be well pleased. Sally Estes
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 1744 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763659991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659998
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too February 5, 2007
As I read THE DRAGON'S EYE, I kept getting a feeling of deja vu. It took a while to figure out why, but then it came to me. THE DRAGON'S EYE reminded me a little of the SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS books. There was that familiar emphasis on conducting research, and recording findings in little notebooks, and solving problems. Only instead of three orphans dodging Count Olaf, THE DRAGON'S EYE focuses on a brother and sister trying to escape the evil designs of the inferior dragonologist, Ignatius Crook. Unfortunately, this one didn't have the same humor in it that I enjoyed so much in the SOUE books.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about THE DRAGON'S EYE. In the plus column, the novel was heavy on dragons of various types. They all have names and unique personalities. Also, it had an element of boy versus girl competition that seemed to resolve itself reasonably well.

On the other hand, the frequent references to dragon diaries and research methods disrupted the action. Doubtless that was the point -- to identify the importance of learning about a subject before jumping into it and conducting a poor study. But still, the execution was a little heavy-handed for my taste.

For young dragon lovers, this would probably be a popular title. I emphasize the word "young." THE DRAGON'S EYE seems geared to a younger audience than many of the books reviewed here at TeensReadToo. My 14-year-old son read it, too, and he was disappointed because it definitely felt "too young" for him. But for budding fantasy lovers who can't get enough dragons, this one has the potential to be a winner.

Reviewed by: K. Osborn Sullivan
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DRAGONOLOGY DA BEST November 26, 2006
A Kid's Review
What a dream come true,i love the dragonology books and things but my mum wants me to read a more sufisticated book than some fun picture book (i was angry when she named my fav book a stupid picture book)but now i can roll both my passion of dragonology with my mums passion of me read big books. Thank you so much Dr.Drake for helping me out.

A must for all dragonoloigists wannabes like me.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GEAT!!! November 27, 2006
A Kid's Review
This new Dragonology book is the best! I've loved the older picture books, but this gives you more information and it auctually has a story! I CAN'T WAIT UNTILL THE NEXT ONE COMES OUT! I seriously recomend this book to anyone who loves dregons as much as me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading April 30, 2007
By Shelley
I loved the book. It keeps you wanting to know what is happening next. It's not a book for someone that is really deep into reading about dragon's, but it is one for the young at heart. If you love an adventure, this is for you.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dragon's "Eye" LOVED IT!!! January 22, 2007
This was one of the best books I've ever read and is up there with "Harry Potter". It was filled with adventure and if you like dragons it is great for you. It gives you pictures of dragons like The Knucker Weasel. In one part, the evil dragonolist, Ignatious Crook threw Daniel, Beatrice and Dr. Drake into a Bucca (dragon) hole. They found the actual Bucca and it flew away. (The Bucca had a horn for digging and a whip-like tail.) You'll find that the ending is surprising too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Journey January 16, 2007
Daniel and Beatrice Cook are accustomed to being sent to boarding school and spending holidays with friends or relatives. Their parents do important work in India. When a summer visit from their parents is cancelled, the children are sent to stay with Dr. Ernest Drake, a self-professed "dragonologist." They hardly expect to meet real live dragons, or learn what their parents really do in India...

The Cook children arrive at a time when the Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists (S.A.S.D.) faces a peril of unimaginable proportions. Evil Ignatius Crook is hunting for the legendary Dragon's Eye, a gem that may decide the future of dragons--and humans. The kids are thrust into harm's way through no fault of their own, but they're up to the challenge. After all, the fate of dragons everywhere is on the line!

So begins the adventure of Daniel and Beatrice's lifetimes.

The "editor" of Dr. Drake's comprehensive DRAGONOLOGY: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF DRAGONS and THE DRAGONOLOGY HANDBOOK: A PRACTICAL COURSE IN DRAGONS, Dugald A. Steer brings a fantastic journey to young readers. THE DRAGON'S EYE is the introduction to the new "Dragonology Chronicles" series that will follow the studies and missions undertaken by late nineteenth-century dragonologists.

Engaging characters and a wonderfully intriguing plot will hold the reader's attention, as the Cooks and Dr. Drake struggle to keep ahead of a smarmy villain. There are dragons aplenty, and they make equally interesting characters. Dr. Drake is a loveable scholar who takes the ornery Daniel and intelligent Beatrice under his wing, so to speak, during a dangerous time.

Aside from some wordy passages, this is a very readable story. Highly recommended for youngsters who love fantasy worlds and dragons.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Adventure April 19, 2008
A Kid's Review
The Dragon's Eye is the best book I've ever read. It's a wonderful fantasy about Dr. Drake and his two dragonological students on an adventure that risks their lives to save the S.A.S.D. (Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists) that protects all dragons that remain in the world.

Sage, age 10
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