The Resource The dragon's tooth, N.D. Wilson

The dragon's tooth, N.D. Wilson

Label
The dragon's tooth
Title
The dragon's tooth
Statement of responsibility
N.D. Wilson
Title variation
dragons tooth
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When their parents' seedy old motel burns down on the same night they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive
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  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 5-8 Cyrus and Antigone Smith have been living with their brother, Dan, since the mysterious circumstances that caused their father’s death and their mother’s coma. Then Billy Bones appears out of nowhere with a ring of keys and a dragon’s tooth. Within moments of passing them to Cyrus, Billy is killed and Dan is kidnapped by the elusive Dr. Phoenix. The only possibility of rescuing their brother seems to reside in Ashtown with the Order of Brendan. This fast-paced fantasy quickly draws readers in to its alternate reality, where transmortal creatures cannot be defeated with ordinary weapons, and Dr. Phoenix’s experiments on Dan and others are reminiscent of history’s worst realities. Yet, on the positive side, there is the love the Smith family holds for one another, love that requires trust and self-sacrifice. Allusions to mythology and complex character development—not only of several young protagonists but also of Phoenix and the shifty cook, Sterling—make Wilson’s first in a proposed series a gem. In an embattled world, where evil seems insurmountable, a glimmer of hope arises from a tooth. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 10-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 4, p43)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 8 — The Order of Brendan is an underground collective of sages, historians, and explorers who've been guarding the world's secrets for millennia. On an unseasonably warm summer evening, a mysterious tattooed man arrives at the rundown motel that Cyrus and Antigone Smith and their older brother Dan call home. Before perishing in a bizarre shoot-out, he gifts Cyrus with a set of keys and hints at his father's involvement in the Order. Morning finds the motel destroyed, Dan kidnapped, and Cyrus and Antigone are plunged headlong into an exciting and dangerous world and pursued by a deadly advisory who will do anything to possess their strange inheritance. Their only hope is to claim birthright admission into an organization they know nothing of-and that may not entirely welcome their presence. They soon discover that the fate of the Order-and of the entire world-is in their hands. This volume marks the birth of an extraordinary new series. Populated with well-crafted characters, peppered with mythological references, and brought to vivid life through Wilson's masterful storytelling, this book is sure to appeal to the adventurous spirit in all who delve into its pages.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI --Alissa J. LeMerise (Reviewed November 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 11, p143)
  • /* Starred Review */ Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride. Their father dead and their mother in a coma, Cyrus and Antigone Smith are being raised by their older brother, Dan, while running (and living in) a dilapidated motel. Then the enigmatic Billy Skelton shows up: the elderly man barely has time to induct Cyrus and Antigone into the mysterious Order of Brendan and designate them as his heirs before he's killed. After Dan is kidnapped and the motel is destroyed, the siblings have nowhere to go but Ashtown, the clandestine home of the ancient order. There, they learn about their family's shadowy history and must prove their worth to the society of adventurers and explorers whose past members have included the likes of Amelia Earhart. Additionally, Cyrus and Antigone battle traitors and subterranean creatures while struggling to keep an ancient artifact away from an immortal madman. Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole. Ages 8–12. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed August 8, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 32, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for THE DRAGON&#39 and S TOOTH)A wild fantasy romp through a creatively imagined alternative world takes a classic quest format.  Cyrus and Antigone, siblings ages 12 and 13 1/2, respectively, are thrown into adventure when they must leave the ancient motel in Wisconsin that has been their home in ashes and are driven by a lawyer with very strange speech patterns in a limo to Ashtown, where an alternate world awaits. Might their parents, thought dead, actually be alive? By the use of the third person, the author keeps events rolling and the pace swift, with barely a moment to breathe for the characters. While certain of their foes are immortal, others are just plain old incredible creatures, such as whip spiders and feathered vipers, but all require the courage of the trusty duo, who manages to befriend the right sorts just in time to be saved. Naturally, world dominion is at stake, and the evil Dr. Phoenix at the heart of the plot. The somewhat bombastic prose matches the derring-do required of the heroes, who have a certain winsome charm, and the nonstop action doesn't allow for any reflection on the absurdity of the premise. For readers who've reread all of Harry Potter multiple times, this will be just what the doctor ordered. Blissfully free of any deeper message, the adventures will continue in future volumes. (Fantasy. 10-15)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10005061
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, Nathan D
Index
no index present
Intended audience
640L
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MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.2
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True
Series statement
Ashtown burials
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secret societies
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Apprentices
  • Magic
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The dragon's tooth, N.D. Wilson
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
485 pages
Isbn
9780375864391
Lccn
2009038651
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The dragon's tooth, N.D. Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
485 pages
Isbn
9780375864391
Lccn
2009038651
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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