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Flight of the Moon Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #6) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In book #6, the Dragon Masters have to save the prime Dragon Stone -- or they will lose their connections to their dragons forever! The Dragon Masters travel to the Land of Pyramids in search of the secret Pyramid of the Seven Dragons. There are several puzzles they'll need to solve in order to reach the hidden stone. Will the Dragon Masters find the prime Dragon Stone in time?
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"In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabulary is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here." -- Booklist
"The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist -- who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? -- all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text." -- Library Media Connection
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"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -- School Library Journal
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist
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- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545913926
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545913928
- Reading age : 6 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 570L
- Grade level : 1 - 3
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bearing disturbing news, Heru, from the Land of the Pyramids, and his dragon Wati have come to King Roland’s castle. The prime Dragon Stone is weakening. Its glow is waning; the pieces of Dragon Stone the young Dragon Masters wear are losing the power to connect each with their own dragon. Wati tells the others that it will take six dragons and six Dragon Masters to enter the pyramid where the prime Dragon Stone lies. King Roland agrees to allow the five Dragon Masters to accompany Wati.
Arriving in the Land of the Pyramids, the group meets Wati’s parents and enters a secret chamber containing a rhymed clue about the stone’s location. Using the clue, Wati and Drake discover the location of that pyramid; Worm, the Earth Dragon, transports the six Dragon Masters and their dragons to the pyramid. To enter it, they must solve a riddle. Once inside, they must cooperate as they work through a series of clues that allow them to pass through six doors. Upon passing through the last door, Drake discovers the prime dragon stone and the reason for its waning power.
Short chapters and a varied, but not overly sophisticated vocabulary, make “Flight of the Moon Dragon” an easy to read book. Short, simple sentences and the less complex structure of the narrative allow young readers to feel a sense of accomplishment while reading the story. The subject matter of wizards and dragons fascinate my grandson who thinks some early reader books “for babies”. Since discovering the Dragon Masters, he has become an enthusiastic reader, wanting to read and learn more about those mythical creatures. Because the books in the Dragon Masters series contain magic and action, and situations that engage and interest him, he has started to explore the library for more difficult reading material. Both my grandson and I are thrilled to learn that the Dragon Masters series will continue.
“Flight of the Moon Dragon” features Damien Jones’ black-and-white illustrations on almost every page. Unlike the simplistic drawings in some other children’s books, these have depth, perspective, and dimension. The illustrations are visually interesting and very appealing; they bring the characters to life. Children, who may have advanced to having chapter books read aloud to them at bedtime but who still want pictures to accompany the story, find this feature of the Dragon Masters very appealing. As a grandparent who loves to read and wants to encourage a love of reading in my grandchildren, I appreciate that Tracey West has decided to include illustrations throughout the book.
If you are looking for a series of books that will interest early readers, particularly boys, you will want to look at the Dragon Master series. It is not necessary to have read the other Dragon Masters books to enjoy “Flight of the Moon Dragon”. Tracey West provides enough background information in this sixth book of the series to so readers will enjoy it, even without reading the others. However, if your young reader or listener is anything like my grandson, they will want to collect all the books of the series!
I have already pre-ordered the seventh book of Tracey West’s Dragon Masters series. Her books are a wonderful way to encourage young readers. They are fun to read, contain enough fantasy and magic to appeal to children, and teach some good lessons about cooperation, the importance of listening to and of understanding others. "The Flight of the Moon Dragon" included problem-solving as another of the positive lessons contained in the series. Not only did this further strengthen the story, it recognized the series' readers are maturing and are ready for more complex ideas.
The whole series is good. You cant just read one book you have to read them all. My child doesnt want to stop once we sit to read these.
I read two books in a row at the airport when our flight got delaid and that kept him waiting :)
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They LOVE all the characters/dragons in the books and love guessing what each person can do and what powers the dragons have.
Whenever possible we use the Kindle edition and broadcast it to our TV via our Amazon Firebox (via wireless projection) so that everyone can see the text and the pictures. Unfortunately not all the books are available for Amazon Kindle, so some books we had to buy as hard paper and we are running out of space in our bookshelves as we have sooo many books, so we prefer electronic copies. Electronic copies also allow us to share it onto their Amazon Fire tablets for kids.
Again, LOVED by all of our kids and we have different ages and grasp of the world. Unfortuantely we have read ALL the books available and now have to wait until March 2021 until the next book comes out.
Admittedly, I am looking forward to the next instalment of this series and will be purchasing it once it is available...purely because my children enjoy the stories ;)
Reviewed in Canada on August 6, 2020