Monday 28 December 2015

Glade - Chris d'Lacey - The Dragons of Wayward Crescent #3

The Dragons of Wayward Crescent #2
Chris d'Lacey
Orchard Books

ISBN 9781408302347

I have now read seven of Chris d'Lacey's books in the last few weeks. Most I have read with my children and a few myself to check their level for reading with my kids. I have been impressed with all of his books that I have read. This one I have read three times now and even after three readings in a short period of time it is entertaining and a great read.  Some of my criteria for great children's books are, first can an adult read it and enjoy the story, second, do I want to share it with my children and third, do children want to read it over again. This one passes all three of those tests with flying colors. In fact while reading this one to my younger two children, my oldest came into the room, when we finished reading, she asked me to start over with her so she could finish it with the others. I cannot give a book a higher rating that that my kids and I all loved it.

Liz and Lucy Pennykettle have a secret, even though Liz makes her living creating clay dragons and selling them in the market and at local fairs, some of her dragons are special dragons, they are alive and have a spark of real dragon fire inside them. In this instalment in the series a new special dragon has been made with the name Glade, She has a ring of ivy around her throat and it appears to change colors. Glade has asked Liz to come to the market, and is spotted by another young girl, named Melanie, the girl so wants Glade, but Glade believes she should go there to help with Melanie's Grandad. Glade seems to be able to make things grow, and she can sense feelings and emotions in people and respond to them. Pop's is forgetting things and life is a little hard right now for Mel and her mom. Maybe Glade can help but you will need to read to find out if so and how.

The Dragons of Wayward Crescent are a rare bread, both in dragons and in books. There are 4 great little books in this series and this series leads into The Last Dragon Chronicles. I understand that this series was originally planned for 12 books but alas we have only 4 to date, though there is hope d'Lacey will go back and write more after his current series is finished. But if not these are still 4 great stories and this one is especially touching and can be enjoyed by the young and young at heart. A great book in a great series!

Books by Chris d'Lacey:
Dragons of Wayward Crescent
Gruffen (2009)
Gauge (2008)
Glade (2009)
Grabber (2010)

The Erth Dragons
The Wearle (2015)
2. Dark Wyng (2016)
3. The New Age (2018)

The Last Dragon Chronicles with David Rain
The Fire Within (2001)
Icefire (2003)
3 Fire Star (2005)
4 The Fire Eternal (2007)
5 Dark Fire (2009)
6 Fire World (2011)
7 The Fire Ascending (2012)
Rain and Fire: A Guide to the Last Dragon Chronicles (2010)

The Unicorne Files
1 A Dark Inheritance (2014)
2 Alexander's Army (2015)
3 A Crown of Dragons (2016)

Fly, Cherokee Fly Series
Fly, Cherokee Fly
Pawnee Warrior

Other Books
Henry Spaloosh! 
Shrinking Ralph Perfect
The Snail Patrol
The Table Football League
Riverside United
From E to You
Scupper Hargreaves, Football Genie
The Salt Pirates of Skegness
Falling for Mandy
The Prompter

Picture Books:
A Hole at the Pole
Juggling with Jeremy
A Break in the Chain
Read With Bubble and Float
Dexter's Journey
Frankin's Bear

Contributed to:
On Me ‘ead, Santa
Nice One, Santa
The Usborne Book of Christmas Stories
Heroes and Villains
In the Frame

Midnight Feast

Author Profile and Interview with Chris d'Lacey.

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