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Saving the Sun Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #2) (2) Paperback – Illustrated, November 25, 2014
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Praise for DRAGON MASTERS #1:
"In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabularly is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here." -BOOKLIST
"The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist -- who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? -- all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after." -KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text." -LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
Praise for BRANCHES books:
"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -BOOKLIST
About the Author
Damien Jones spent his childhood daydreaming and drawing. He attended the Arts Institute of Bournemouth where he gained a BA Hons in Animation Production. He worked as an animator on films like the Oscar-nominated feature film L'illusionniste (2010) before beginning his career in book illustration. He has worked with publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Scholastic. He lives in Cornwall, UK, with his family.
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When Ana’s dragon Kepri becomes ill, King Roland orders Griffith to heal Kepri. If he cannot, Roland will replace Griffith with another wizard. The young Dragon Masters – Drake, Ana, Bo, and Rori – help Griffith search through a “giant pile of books” as they seek a cure. Transported to a faraway land, the Dragon Masters encounter Heru and his dragon Wati who is Kepri’s Moon Dragon twin. Attacked by tomb robbers, their adventure takes a dangerous turn; with the dragons’ help, they escape. Telling Wati that he, too, is a Dragon Master, he then tells the four that he and his family serve the dragons rather than being the dragons’ masters. The four Dragon Masters and a healed Kepri return to King Roland’s castle just in time to prevent Griffith’s being replaced.
“Saving the Sun Dragon” is an easy to read book. Chapters are brief, the vocabulary is not particularly sophisticated or difficult, and sentences are simple and short. The subject matter will interest young boys who may find some early reader books “boring”. There is magic and action, and there are mythical creatures that will engage children. Graham Howells’ black and white illustrations are on almost every page. This feature is a something I appreciate since my five-year old grandson has advanced to having chapter books read aloud to him at bedtime, but still wants pictures included with the story.
If you are looking for a series of books that will interest early readers, particularly boys, you will want to look at the Dragon Master series. It is not necessary to have read “Rise of the Earth Dragon” to enjoy “Saving the Sun Dragon”. Tracey West provides enough background information in this second book of the series to allow it to be enjoyed independent of “Rise of the Earth Dragon”. However, if your young reader or listener is anything like my grandson, you will not only want the first two books of the series, but will pre-order the others!
At this point these are my absolute favorite books to read to her, and I think they will entice her to read soon herself.
PS I am not giving a synopsis of the story, that can easily be found somewhere else.
My son really looks up to his older brother (in 3rd grade) who reads lots of exciting books- Harry Potter, Percy Jackson... yet he is not quite at that reading level yet. This series is perfect for a kid who wants to read cool books, yet isn't quite at that Young Adult reading level yet.
We can't wait for Scholastic to release more books in the Branches series!
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This second book in this series opens with fun and adventure, the dragons go out to fly. But things soon turn dark when Kepri the sun dragon becomes sick and almost falls from the sky. Soon the 4 dragon masters and their teacher Griffith are poring over books and scrolls trying to find a cure. Soon Worm the earth dragon reveals another of his abilities and the group is off to an adventure in Egypt. This is a story filled with spells, magic, a mysterious twin and more. A great tale.
The illustrations by Graham are wonderful, the help support the story without being too scary. The embellishments on almost every page add to the stunning presentation. And combine that with well written stories and the book and series is a big hit.
I cannot say enough how much my children love these books. They ask to read each night, and turn off the TV and devices in order to read earlier. They always ask for extra chapters. They even ask often when book 4 will be out and to see the cover of it. And what higher praise could be given to a book or series than children clamouring to read more, or read again. Another book that kids love.