When she is not writing, Kate Klimo is a children's book publisher. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Harry, three horses, and one grandcat.
Gr 3-6-Jesse, Daisy, and their dragon, Emmy, are back. The 10-year-old cousins are "dragon keepers," aided in their secret by Emmy's handy abilities. She's not yet able to breathe fire or fly, but she can disguise herself as a sheepdog at will, levitate, and make magic books fly. Her legendary foe, St. George, is working at a nearby college, in disguise. He's already stolen Emmy once, and in order to keep him permanently at bay, the threesome decides to steal his magic book. The choppy plot develops at a fast pace that involves rescuing another of the saint's victims, the hobgoblin queen, by finding the Golden Pickax. Enticing headings and black-and-white illustrations introduce each of the 10 chapters. Fantasy fans will enjoy flying through this series, paving the way for Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Knopf, 2003) later.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.