Monday, February 01, 2016

MMGM- Quest Maker (The Last Dragon Charmer #2)


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25816959McKay, Laurie. Quest Maker (The Last Dragon Charmer #2)
February 2nd 2016 by HarperCollins
Copy received from the author

Caden is still stranded in Asheville, N.C., and he and his friends Tito and Brynne are worried when they see flashes in the sky that look like a banishing spell. Is someone else from the Greater Realm being sent to deal with Ms. Primrose, the dragon in charge of Caden's school? They later find that Caden's brother, Jasan, has arrived, and they aren't quite sure what his purpose is. Caden is too busy with his quest for Ms. Primrose to investigate; the school has had a lot of odd things happening. There is foul gas, swarms of insects, and other things that reflect poorly on the principal, so she instructs Caden to bring her proof of the person behind the events. If he doesn't, she'll eat him! It's hard to investigate when Caden's foster mother, the police, and other people in Asheville think Caden has severe psychological problems! Despite the ever present threat of Rath Dunn, who is after Brynne's hair and Caden's blood, Caden and his friends try to figure out the mystery of the troubles at school as well as the mystery of Jasan's presence in Asheville. Will Caden be able to find a way to get back home to his royal father, or will he be eaten by a dragon first?

Strengths: This fits the bill of the type of fantasy my readers are asking for these days-- set in our world but incorporating swords and dragons, action-packed, and filled with monsters, swarms of bees, and other creatures who must be defeated. I liked that the plot was clearly defined and the book didn't ramble like so many fantasy books do. This was lightly humorous as well. 

Weaknesses: Caden seems to be settling in well, but occasionally there are somewhat jarring references to things he doesn't understand. E.G. He eats round grains with milk for breakfast. I know that this artifice is essential, but perhaps could be worked in more consistently or smoothly. 

What I really think: I have about three children waiting for my copy of the ARC, so I think this is a good purchase for most middle school libraries!

12 comments:

Kristi Lonheim said...

I didn't k now about MMGM. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome! Thanks!
- Vi

Deb said...

Sounds like a good one and three awaiting the ARC is a good sign I must say. Happy Monday to you.

Kathy Martin said...

I haven't heard of this series but it sounds like something my students would enjoy too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Greg Pattridge said...

Yes, fantasy is a popular genre for MG. I've got a copy of the first one reserved at the library before another young person gets their hands on it.I read quick so it will be back on the shelves soon enough for the intended audience. Thanks for the insights into the second book.

Kay said...

Swords, dragons, monsters--all set around contemporary Asheville--sounds amazing.

Linda B said...

I know those middle readers love the dragons, makes me remember Jane Yolen's series which my daughter loved so long ago. Thanks for the review, Karen, will pass the recommendation on too.

Tara Smith said...

Well, this sounds perfect for my sixth graders...if not for me. I think I've so tired of this genre, although I'd never tell my kids that!

Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye) said...

Laurie did a guest post on our blog which I loved, so I am so happy to see you highlighting her book.

Happy reading this week! :)

Ricki Ginsberg at Unleashing Readers said...

Quest Maker sounds like it will be a popular one. It isn't my particular taste, but it is one of those books I read to be in the know! :) Thanks for sharing!

Cheriee Weichel said...

After reading this review at least six kids popped into my head who I knew would love the series. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be a challenge to get it in Canada. Grrr

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

This is the first I'm hearing of The Last Dragon Charmer series - sounds delightful! :)

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