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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: The Dragon at the North Pole by Kate Klimo

The Dragon at the North Pole by Kate Klimo. A Dragon Keeper Book.

The Dragon at the North Pole by Kate Klimo

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2013
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780375870668

Review: Do you believe in fairy tales? Kate Klimo hands us this wonderful new book, extending the Dragon Keeper series further in The Dragon at the North Pole, as part 6 of the adventures, following Jesse, Daisy, and Emmy across their journeys.

In Goldmine city, Emerald the Dragon is convinced, that if it snows, Santa Claus will come. However, Dragon Keepers Daisy and Jesse said that in Denver, it never snows. When they wake up, the see Emmy left a note, saying that she has gone to help Santa Claus. To the Dragon Keepers' surprise, they see a giant swath of snow everywhere. Daisy and Jesse ask the Professor (Remove the part in parenthesis: The name is unknown) online about the North Pole. Of course, to the Professor's dramatic power, the only information the two youngsters get is that the North Pole gets many distasteful and dangerous creatures; this won't stop Jesse and Daisy from protecting Emmy. When they arrive at the North Pole, Santa is there along with Emmy. However, Jesse eavesdropped on Santa talking to Emerald, and hears something about the Dragon Egg interceptor. Is there something more behind this then they might think there be?

The Dragon at the North Pole is a fantastic book, capable of confining readers to its pages. It has no stereotypes, absolutely original, suspenseful, including sub-plots tied together with well-developed ideas. The characters were multidimensional, changing and growing, seemingly empty of stereotyped characters. Daydreamers and fantasy fanatics would like these, and this one is included. I thought The Dragon at the North Pole had most of the things I hunt around for in a good book. The characters were believable, original, and well rounded. However, some characters appear to be static and remain unchanged. The plot went along smoothly, using a good pace from scene to scene, showing simple text, and was very easy to understand. It appears to be perfect for the kids who finished the Magic Tree House stories but aren't quite ready for Harry Potter. The well-developed ideas made the book great, and absolutely wonderful. The writing style Kate uses is perfect for children of all ages, holding a title of originality, is lively, full of action, and has a good plot.

Review written by Vincent (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Dragon at the North Pole for this review.

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