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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Dragon Diary (Juvenile)

Released May 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Picking up where The Dragon Eye, the first volume of the Dragonology Chronicles left off, The Dragon Diary finds apprentice dragonologists Daniel and Beatrice Cook awaiting the hatching of the dragon's egg they are watching over.

Unfortunately, just when the shell begins to crack, Dr. Ernest Drake, the children's mentor, is called away to India. Dr. Drake has a dual mission: to tend to the gravely ill nana dragons left behind and he is also seeking more information about the brother and sister's missing parents.

While he is gone, the children receive a tip that if they can decipher the ancient Dragon Diary they will discover the secret of curing sick dragons. With a deadly plague afflicting dragons throughout the world, this could be the key to reversing the malady. Unfortunately, their arch nemesis, Alexandra Gorynytchka, also seeks to posses this information for her own evil purposes.

Determined to do what they can to crack the mystery of the Liber Draconis, Daniel and Beatrice take the dragon hatchling left in their charge and traverse the globe on the Dragon Express looking for a way of cracking the Dragonish code. The question is, can they outmaneuver Alexandra in the process?

Popular with the middle-grades set, this series started with plenty of action in The Dragon Eye. Young readers who devoured that first book will certainly want to follow the Cook children's second adventure. This wing-borne journey is filled with plenty of danger, intrigue and fire-breathing action, so grab your ticket for a wild ride on the Dragon Express!

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