If a dinosaur travelled to mediaeval times … oops!

TITLE = DINOSAUR KNIGHTS

AUTHOR = MICHAEL GERARD BAUER

GENRE = TIME TRAVEL, KNIGHTS, ADVENTURE

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7, 8

Take a scientist who believes he can play with time, a dinosaur and some medieval twins and you have the recipe for an unusual adventure. Roland and Oswald have known better times when they grew up in the castle as the twin sons of the esteemed doctor. Since their father has fallen out of favour their lives have been turned upside down and Roland’s dreams of becoming a knight seem hopeless. Or are they? What happens when an unsuspecting dinosaur is transported into their time … and mistaken for a fire-breathing dragon? Will Roland get his chance to face the dragon and save the princess?? Or will he and his brother simply be collateral damage in a scientist’s attempt to play with time??

Michael Gerard Bauer has all the ingredients for an entertaining story which young readers are sure to enjoy.

Recommended (dma) ****

A story about dragons and storytelling and so much more …

TITLE = THE LAST DRAGON CHRONICLES SERIES

AUTHOR = CHRIS D’LACEY

GENRE = FANTASY, ADVENTURE, INTRIGUE, MYSTERY

INTEREST LEVEL =  YRS 7 -12

Watch the booktrailer below, read the review … then dip into the books for a great reading experience:

Music (“Believe” by Windsor Drive) sourced from the Animoto site. Many images from Animoto too but clay dragons and bears were homegrown. Text from booklover.

 

 

 

 

 

This is quite an unusual series. The first book reads a little like a story for young children, with its focus on saving squirrels and clay dragons that come alive. But each book after that takes the reader into new territory, both literally and imaginatively. We visit the Arctic zone to find a link between the last dragon, Gawain and polar bears. We follow our hero as he battles against beings from this world and evil beings from beyond. We are asked to ponder questions about how the Earth came into being and about the future of the planet … all amidst a central story of the battle between Good and Evil, a battle that plays out across different dimensions  and takes many guises. Even our hero, David takes many forms. Each book offers the readers something more to ponder as the plot, quite literally thickens. A series that will touch your heart and leave you with plenty to think about. The sort of series that can be read many times.

Check out Chris D’Lacey’s terrific website to find out more about the author, interviews, his other books and his inspiration.

Or go to the series website for more info.

A Highly Recommended series (dma) *****

 

When a princess and a mage join forces …

DRAGON OF TRELIANTITLE = THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN

AUTHOR = Michelle Knudsen

GENRE = FANTASY

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7, 8

Junior fantasy lovers are sure to enjoy this novel, although the dragon appears in the story far less than may be expected by the title. Calen is learning to be a mage but he is finding that his teacher can be a hard taskmaster and that life in the palace can be somewhat lonely. That is until he meets the feisty Princess Meg, who just happens to have in hiding a young dragon. The two become friends as they try to learn more about dragon-rearing and unravel the magical link between Meg and her dragon, although they must hide their friendship from both Calen’s teacher and Meg’s parents. Life becomes even more complicated when they uncover a plot to kill Meg’s sister who is about to marry a neighbouring prince. Can they defeat forces more powerful than themselves?? Will they even be believed?? And who can they trust?? The action in the second half of the novel certainly moves at a fast rate. Readers are sure to find the ending satisfying, especially as it leaves the way open for a sequel.

Recommended (dma) ****

Dragon Keeper

9781742030593[1]TITLE = Dragon Keeper

AUTHOR= Carole Wilkinson

GENRE = Dragons, Adventure, Fantasy

INTEREST = For people who like dragons, adventure and fantasy

RATING = ***** Highly Recommended

Ancient China, Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected. This is the story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds within herself the strength and courage to make this perilous journey-and do what must be done.

A Dragon Book I Adored

The Dragon Companion by Carole Wilkinson (WIL)
Genre: Fantasy
Interest level: Years 7 and up

This book springs from Carole Wilkinson’s great love of dragons and displays an enormous wealth of research. Whilst much of the book is developed like an encyclopaedia with definitions and descriptions, there are also some delightful short stories & fables. A beautifully presented book; plenty of information is provided in an entertaining manner and the illustrations and overall layout is outstanding – it is indeed a joy to behold! This would provide great reading for anyone interested in dragons and fantasy creatures for it includes dragons from all cultures (East & West) – and we soon learn that the origin of these creatures are very different! You don’t have to have read any of the Wilkinson dragon trilogy to enjoy this book.

Highly recommended (dma). *****