Modern Smart Aleck must save ancient Chinese dragon. Can he do it?

Summary:

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! 


Parent Perspective:
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!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Climb aboard on this adventure with an independent-minded boy and a dragon running out of time! Humor, friendship, and pirates abound.

Content Awareness Factors:

There are spots where the book can get tedious and the humor a bit long-winded in getting to the punch line.


Type of Book:
This middle-grade adventure has everything a young reader (including a reluctant one!) could want: ninjas, pirates, dragons, treasure hunters, and plenty of humor.
Educational Themes:

It is a small stretch but Timothy presents himself as a very interesting character. Is he really a lazy smart aleck? 

Reading Level:
5.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least.

Title Timothy and the Dragon's Gate
Author Adrienne Kress
Publisher Weinstein Books © 2009
ISBN 9781602860230
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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