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When Lucy Pennykettle suspects there's a monster in her bedroom, her mum knows exactly what to do. She makes a guard dragon - Gruffen - to look after Lucy. But soon Gruffen realises there's a mystery behind the monster...
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New series from best-selling author Chris d'Lacey

About the Author

Chris d'Lacey was originally a songwriter and musician, but started writing when a friend suggested he enter a writing competition. He has had over twenty books published now, one of which, Fly, Cherokee, Fly, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Chris's dragon series for Orchard has achieved best-seller status across the four titles already published - book 5 is due in 2009.

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Gr 2-4-Lucy is a typical nine-year-old, and her mother, Liz, is a sculptor best known for her quirky ceramic dragons. Their household appears to be an average one, but when they are alone, something magical happens: their dragons come to life. They all have special abilities, and Lucy and Liz call upon their talents when they need help. Liz creates Gruffen to protect Lucy after she sees a "monster" in her bedroom. Unfortunately, he is young and inexperienced, and causes quite a commotion in the process of dealing with the mysterious entity. He is not short on heart, though, and is determined to find a solution that makes everyone happy and safe-even the "monster." Aimed at younger readers than the audience for D'Lacey's "Last Dragon Chronicles" (Scholastic), this is a cozy and safe tale with bits of humor sprinkled throughout. Line drawings add visual interest; their cartoon style also enforces the light, upbeat mood. This is not a story for readers who are looking for adventure and excitement, but it will satisfy those who want a taste of dragon lore.-Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, NY Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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