- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Chronicles of the Black Tulip (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Walden Pond Press (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062221930
- ISBN-13: 978-0062221933
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dragon's Gate (Chronicles of the Black Tulip) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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Gr 4–8—In this second book of three, Bren and Mouse struggle to survive on the vanishing island. When the surviving members of the crew of the Albatross show up, Bren is eager to journey back to his hometown. But Mouse wants his help finding the Dragon's Gate and figuring out who she is and where she came from. Thanks to Bren's excellent memory, the group come up with a basic location for where they are, which gives them an idea of where to go to find assistance. As they set off in the longboat, Bren's father and friend Mr. Black are working on plans of their own. Lady Jean Barrett is sent by Mr. Black to find Bren and bring him back, but she gets distracted by the pursuit of the Eight Immortals, objects containing the power of the Ancients. She and her ally, Yaozu, along with Mouse, Bren, and their sailor friend, Sean, set off to find the tomb where the Eight Immortals are said to be stashed. But the voyage is long and exhausting, and Bren isn't sure it's worth the effort. But Mouse's unusual abilities continue to appear, leaving the group with many questions. Bren and Mouse make appealing heroes, one very reluctantly and the other quite mysteriously. Most readers will need to be familiar with the first installment to keep up. VERDICT For general purchase where the first volume is popular or alternative historical adventure tales are in demand.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
"In his signature style, Wolverton cleverly overlays intricate plotting with ancient Chinese legends and history (including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Terracotta Warriors) and creates a thrilling, fast-paced story that flies by. Fans will wait with bated breath for the third book in the trilogy." -- Kirkus (**Starred Review**)
"More mystical artifacts, wild things, and mysteries more puzzling than ever. This second installment picks up right where The Vanishing Island left off, and fills in enough blanks to remind readers of Bren's last perilous adventure. Pick this up to keep readers on the hook for the upcoming third book." -- Booklist
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The Dragon's Gate is the second book in The Chronicles of the Black Tulip series and picks up right where The Vanishing Island ended. Bren and Mouse are stranded on the island until the rest of the survivors from the ship manage to find them.
The story is split three ways, with one vein following Bren and Mouse. Another follows an adventuring woman named Barrett, and the third following Bren's father and Archibald Black. Each set of characters is looking for something. Some of them find what they're looking for, but others don't.
This installment is less violent and not as scary as the first book. There's more travel, lots of Chinese folktales, and some big decisions that have to be made.
I didn't expect the ending to be the way it is. It took me by surprise, honestly. I'm not sure how I feel about it, other than I have mixed emotions about the way things ended.
All I can say is that I'm glad there will be a third book. There's no way I can let this story go at this point. I'm completely suckered in.
This is a great cross-over series for kids in that 10-14 age range. They're too old for fluffy middle-grade novels but not quite ready for YA books like The Hunger Games.
Cover Talk: I love the covers for this series. The artist's style fits the story really well and the cover art is a good representation of what to expect. The covers are adventurous and exciting — just like the books.
Content: Some fantasy violence.
Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.