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RIDING THE STORM by Salamanda Drake

RIDING THE STORM

Dragonsdale, Book 2

By Salamanda Drake (Author) , Gilly Marklew (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-87174-7
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic

In this second in a series, the friendship between dragon riders Cara and Breena is almost destroyed and their dragons injured through the machinations of the spoiled and jealous Hortense. The rather predictable plot also involves adventure—a disastrous crash-landing that leaves Breena and her dragon in danger of drowning—and interspecies cooperation—Cara’s new friendship with a merboy contributes to Breena’s rescue. Rather than ponies or horses, these girls ride dragons and compete against three other stables on their fantasy island but otherwise this series has the same appeal as pony book series like The Saddle Club. Along with exciting flights and details of the dragon-riding competition, there is an appended chapter of tools and procedures for caring for your dragon. An introductory map and plentiful black-and-white illustrations add to its charm. The pseudonymous author claims to be from this fantasy world. Frankly a sequel, this will probably be grabbed by girls who loved the first installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)