Meet Timothy Freshwater an only child with a big, bad attitude and sarcasm and a quick wit to go with it! Having just been expelled from school (again), Timothy’s father decides Timothy needs something to do. Mr. Freshwater takes Timothy to work, where he becomes an intern for Evans Bore, the company's CEO. One of his jobs is to process the mail, which is brought to Mr. Bore by Mr. Shen, the mail clerk.
It isn’t long before Timothy learns that Mr. Shen, is not just a mail clerk. He is an enslaved dragon who must enter the Dragon’s Gate to resume his true form and his freedom at the festival for the 125th Year of the Dragon. Timothy also learns that his neighbor, Sir Bazalgette not only knows about Mr. Shen’s predicament but is trying to find the key to help free the dragon. The search for the key is only the beginning of one, grand high seas adventure!
This is a fun read. The author is a master of description and helping the reader fully set the scene. As a result, there are times when the writing seems to get bogged down at times. There is plenty of humor and irony to engage adult readers!
Climb aboard on this adventure with an independent-minded boy and a dragon running out of time! Humor, friendship, and pirates abound.
There are spots where the book can get tedious and the humor a bit long-winded in getting to the punch line.
This middle-grade adventure has everything a young reader (including a reluctant one!) could want: ninjas, pirates, dragons, treasure hunters, and plenty of humor.
It is a small stretch but Timothy presents himself as a very interesting character. Is he really a lazy smart aleck?
11 and Up
10 and Up
Borrow, at least.