The Fire within by Chris d'Lacey

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The Fire within by Chris d'Lacey

'David ran a hand through his mop of brown hair. Dragons. It was certainly different from his last set of lodgings, where all you got were spiders and the occasional mouse. It's perfect, he said.' When David arrives at Wayward Crescent he has no idea what lurks inside the Pennykettle house. Only when he's given his own special dragon does he begin to unlock their mysterious secrets, and to discover the fire within...


A riveting story about inspiration and creativity and not giving up Leicester Mercury I would recommend this book to those who like dragons and fantasy, but also aren't afraid of a twist! -- Matthew Wilce, Wadebridge School Teen Titles I would recommend this book to those who like dragons and fantasy, but also aren't afraid of a twist! Teen Titles This series just gets better and better. The Ultimate Book Guide A brilliant story, quirky and well-written. An intelligent, sensitive, and magical book. The Bookseller A delightful story which skilfully blends realism and magic into a very satisfying conclusion. Carousel This is a magical book in every respect. Chris d'Lacey combines the realistic and the magical to such an effect that all disbelief is suspended. Readers will be entranced. TES

About the Author

Chris d'Lacey

Born in Malta, Chris d'Lacey is a well known English author. He is known for his numerous contributions to children's fiction - in particular, his first novel Fly, Cherokee, Fly, was highly commended for the 1999 Carnegie Medal. However Chris is probably better known for his popular series The Last Dragon Chronicles, which follows the adventures of David Rain and his quests to save the tear of the last dragon, Gawain, and protect dragonkind. His favourite book of the series is The Fire Within, which he originally began as a surprise present for his wife Jay fifteen years before it was published! He has lived most of his life in Leicester, England. Chris worked as a research technician at Leicester University for 28 years and in 2002 was awarded a doctorate by them for his services to children's fiction. He now writes full time.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 8 To 11


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

27th September 2001




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