THE FIRE WITHIN by Chris d’Lacey

THE FIRE WITHIN

Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

D’Lacey mixes up a lovely bag of dragons, squirrels and a strangely appropriate adult protagonist. Twenty-year-old David comes to live in Liz and Lucy’s extra room in a house full of ceramic dragons. Liz sculpts them, but what’s the Hrrr coming from her studio and how does she fire them without a kiln? Liz’s young daughter Lucy knows the dragon secrets but isn’t allowed to tell. Lucy latches on to David and pulls him into her search for an injured squirrel in the backyard and the nearby library gardens. She practically forces David to write a book for her about the squirrels she knows. Liz gives David a dragon named Gadzooks that seems to be helping him write somehow. Liz is an appealing mix of secretly magic-loving adult and disciplinarian. Two stories-within-the-story are inexplicably blander than the main narrative. Infused with a gentle sense of wonder. (Fantasy. 7-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-67243-0
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2005




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