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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Flight of the Moon Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #6


Flight of the Moon Dragon
Dragon Masters #6
Tracey West (Author)
Damien Jones (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545913942

ASIN B01EXN581A

My youngest two children adore this series of books. In fact the last few we have bought on the day they come out. We have read this one together three times now. And every time we finish one there is a teaser for the next volume and we wait months for it to come out. This fifth installment in the series is another great read. The Dragon Masters books can be read separately but they do tell one continuous story so they are best read in order. 


In this adventure the dragon stones are seeming to fail. The children and their dragons head back to Egypt and with the help of Heru's parents they read the legend of the pyramid of the seven dragons. They must solve the riddle to find the pyramid and then all the puzzles to get to the master dragon stone. With each puzzle they solve one dragon master and one dragon must stay behind. They must complete the tasks in the right order or forever be trapped. That is a lot of responsibility for 6 young dragon masters and their dragons.


Damien Jones does some awesome illustrations. My children love going over the pictures again and again. There are pictures on most pages and embellishments on all the pages. The artwork really does take the story from good to great. They make the story come alive and spark the imagination.


This is a fantastic series and one of my children's favorite series currently. We have reread this book and all the others a number of times now. The whole family enjoys joining Drake and the other dragon masters on each new adventure. We eagerly wait for each new book to come out. From my youngest who is 5 to the oldest who is 10 this book is loved. This is a great book and a great series for young readers of those who read to and with them. They come highly recommended by the whole family!

Dragon Master Books:
Rise of the Earth Dragon
Saving the Sun Dragon
Secret of the Water Dragon
Power of the Fire Dragon
Song of the Poison Dragon

Flight of the Moon Dragon
Search for the Lightning Dragon
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books Second Quarter 2016

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books Second Quarter 2016

Wow what a quarter, I have managed to read 36 books and most of them non-fiction. And have read 88 books since January 1st. I have built out an awesome and ever expanding Catholic reading list for 2016. There are some amazing books in these lists! Though to be honest working from my favorite and influential books by year list it was very hard to narrow down to the top ten non-fiction list.

Fiction:
1. Kringle - Tony Abbott
2. Troublemaker - Andrew Clements and Mark Elliott
3. Exodus - A.J. Gillette - Geoterra Book 1
4. Frindle - Andrew Clements
5. The Monks Daily Bread - Sylvia Dirham and Christopher Tupa
6. Song of the Poison Dragon - Tracey West and Damien Jones - Dragon Masters #5
7. The Scarlet Dragon - Jordan Quinn and Robert McPhillips - Kingdom of Wrenly book 2
8. Journey - A.J. Gillette - Geoterra Book 2
9. The Lost Stone - Jordan Quinn and Robert McPhillips - Kingdom of Wrenly Book 1
10. Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet - Kevin Sherry and Samantha Smith

Non-Fiction:
1. Real Mercy - Jacques Philippe
2. The Life God Wants You to Have - Gregory K. Popcak
3. The Porch and the Cross: Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Modern Christian Living - Kevin Vost
4. Wartime Prayer Book - Fulton Sheen
5. The Epistle to the Henrews and the Seven Core Beliefs of Catholics - Shane Kapler
6. Speaking to the Heart - Stephen Gabriel
7. Why Am I Here - Matthew Kelly
8. Basic Field Manual for Hearing God's Voice - Philip Kosloski
9. Great Quotes to Inspire Great Teachers - Noah benShea
10. Michael R. Gaitley on Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy Explained - The Divine Mercy Image Explained

Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011
 

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
 
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2014
Top Ten Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2015
Top Ten Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2016
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2016
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2016 

All Top Ten Lists on Book Reviews and More

Statistics Books Read By Year:

88 - 2016 January-June
177 - 2015 
130 - 2014 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996




Monday, 13 June 2016

Song of the Poison Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #5


Song of the Poison Dragon
Dragon Masters #5
Tracey West (Author)
Damien Jones (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 
9780545913874

This series really has staying power. With my two youngest children there are few chapter books that we have read more than once, let alone whole series. This is the first series I recall we have read through twice and are eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The Dragon Masters is a great series that children and those who read to them will both enjoy.

One of the nice things about this series is that it is a true series. Each story builds upon the next. Now yes that are strong enough to be read on their own, but as a whole we get to watch the growth of the group as they come together as a team and learn to work together and support each other. In this latest offering the Dragon stone has chosen a new dragon master, Petra and her great uncle had also been a dragon master. She seems to know a lot about dragons and their abilities, but when it comes time for her to meet her Hydra and bond with it, something just seems off. 

Even though Petra seems like a know-it-all, she also seems afraid. She is far from home and knows that there are high expectations upon her. When King Roland plans on show casing the dragons especially the new Hydra and Petra to Queen Rose the day after Petra's arrival, things go bad quickly. Soon the King is poisoned and all the dragon masters are searching for a cure. Will they find something in their books, or will Petra and the Hydra make connecting in time to save the King?

My children love the illustrations by Graham Howells, the often go back to look at previous illustrations or sneak ahead to get a glimpse of what is coming next. Add to the excellent drawings wonderful stories and it makes for some great reading time.

These books are enjoyed by the whole family. The younger kids like having them read to them. My oldest enjoys listening or taking a turn reading to her siblings. And there is a great series of questions at the end of the book to help make sure children comprehend the story. Set at a grade 2 reading level in our house these are enjoyed from Kindergarten to grade 4. The kids love these books and therefore come with their seal of approval. 


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Power of the Fire Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #4


The Power of the Fire Dragon
Dragon Masters #4
Tracey West (Author)
Graham Howells (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 
9780545646321

You know a series of books is good when the kids ask almost every day when the next one is coming out. That is what has happened to us and this series. After finishing this 4th book in the Dragon Masters series, every day for 2 weeks now they are asking and we have about three weeks to go. But back to this volume. As mentioned this is the 4 book in a series. The Dragon Masters are young children who the dragon stone indicates will be able to establish a connection with a dragon. 

King Roland appears while the children and their Dragons are training. He has plans to King Roland wants to take his Dragons and show them to Queen Rose of the Kingdom of Arkwood. But during the demonstrations things go awry. The king gets mad and decides that Drake and Worm, and Rori and Vulcan must stay behind. The wizard Griffith will need to travel so his friend Diego will come stay with those left behind. Soon the castle is under attack, Maldred and he has his own dragon who has 4 heads. A battle ensues and Drake and Rori are desperate for back up. But to find out what happens you will need to read the book. 

Again the illustrations by Graham Howells are awesome. My three children ages 5-9 love going over them again and again to see the details. Every page has embellishments to enhance the look and feel of the book. Wonderful illustrations and a great story combine for a winning combination.

This is a great little series. From my youngest to my oldest who can read them to us the whole family enjoys these books. We cannot wait for the 5th book to come out and desperately hope there will be more after that. The characters are fun to watch as they grow into a team and learn to work together and with their dragons. The dragons have surprises that always add for interesting twists. And the kids just love them. What more could you want. These are books that after we finished them the kids asked to read them again, which now that we are on chapter books does not happen as often. That is the best praise we can give them. These are great books for kids and those who read with and to them! 

Dragon Master Books:
Rise of the Earth Dragon
Saving the Sun Dragon
Secret of the Water Dragon
Power of the Fire Dragon
Song of the Poison Dragon

Flight of the Moon Dragon
Search for the Lightning Dragon
...









Friday, 18 March 2016

Secret of the Water Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #3


Secret of the Water Dragon
Dragon Masters #3
Tracey West (Author)
Graham Howells (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545646253


I need to start out by stating that my 3 children love these books. I started reading them with my son who is 8, soon his younger sister who is 5 joined us, and then his older sister who is almost 10 is now helping read them to the younger two. The books are entertaining and engaging from 5-45 years of age. And that in and of itself is a pretty strong endorsement.

The young dragon masters encounter a new threat in this book in the series. The main focus is on Drake and his earth dragon Worm, and Bo and his water dragon Shu. Someone tries to steal the Dragon stone which is used to find children to be dragon masters and which each master wears a piece of to facilitate communication between master and dragon. In this adventure we encounter The Raven Guard, ninja like characters, we have further adventures against Maldred and his dark magic. And a threat against Bo's family. The dragons and children will need to work together to counter all these threats.  

Graham Howells does some amazing illustrations. And my children love looking at the books again and again. Almost every page is enhanced with embelishments and combining that with the stunning illustrations and a wonderful story and it makes for a great combination.

This books are highly loved by my children. We have now read the 4 books available currently in this series, and eagerly anticipate book 5's release. My children love these books so much they are willing to shut off the TV to start reading earlier than normal. And we are now working through the series a second time. They are great reads and the adventure in this one was even more intense as the tension in the series builds. This is a great read for young and young at heart. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Saving the Sun Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #2


Saving the Sun Dragon
Dragon Masters #2
Tracey West (Author)
Graham Howells (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545646253


This was the second book in this series my children and I have read together. My youngest two love the series. And for this book the oldest child and I took turns reading to the younger two. Making this series great for the whole family. As my children grow it is harder to find books that all three, girl, boy, girl like and will read together. It is wonderful that the oldest can help read to the younger two and that this book entertains all three. This series showed up in my recommended books because of reading some Dragon books by Chris d'Lacey and we gave them a try and there has been no looking back.

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. 

Dragon Master Books:
Rise of the Earth Dragon
Saving the Sun Dragon
Secret of the Water Dragon
Power of the Fire Dragon
Song of the Poison Dragon

Flight of the Moon Dragon
Search for the Lightning Dragon
...










Monday, 18 January 2016

Rise of the Earth Dragon - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters #1


Rise of the Earth Dragon
Dragon Masters #1
Tracey West (Author)
Graham Howells (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545646239


This book showed up in my recommended books because of reading some Dragon books by Chris d'Lacey and I thought I would give it a try. It is a good fun read and is now in the too be read list for my son and I to read together. There are currently 4 books available in this series with a 5th planned for the spring of 2016. The illustrations by Graham Howells are very wonderful and are on every page of the book. These books are geared for early readers from 1st-03rd grade and are set at a reading level of grade 2.

Young Drake is an onion famer and likely one of the poorest children in King Roland's Kingdom. One day while harvesting onions a soldier rides up and proclaims that Drake has been summoned to the castle. When Drake arrives he is informed that the Dragon stone has indicated he has the ability to become a Dragon master and so he has been brought to the castle to train. But he is not the only student there; the other students are Rori, Bo, and Ana. And each of them already has their own dragon. Drake is soon introduced to his dragon a brown earth dragon, that he names worm. Griffith the wizard is their teacher and advisor. And the one who interprets the Dragon stone. Soon the 4 children are training together but not really getting along well. As the children discover that not everything is as it appears events take a dark turn.

This was a good read, and introduction into the series. It was wonderfully illustrated, and well enough written that I have picked up the other books that are available to give them a read. Young children will love the illustrations and the story. It is a good beginning let's see where the story goes next.

The only real drawback is that the kindle edition is not compatible with Kindle for PC.