The Dragon Diary

By Dugald A. Steer; Douglas Carrel (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763645144, 248pp.)

Publication Date: April 13, 2010

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Now in paperback— The fire-breathing series continues! Two young dragonologists set off on a daring, wing-borne mission while rushing to crack an ancient Dragonish code.

Fresh from recovering the Dragon’s Eye, apprentice dragonologists Daniel and Beatrice Cook eagerly await the hatching of the dragon’s egg in their care. But just as the shell begins to crack, their mentor, Dr. Drake, is called off to India to look for their missing parents and tend to the ailing dragons they’ve left behind. Meanwhile, the siblings learn that the secret to curing dragons may lie in an age-old Dragon Diary, if only they could decipher it! Now it’s up to the plucky pair to fly across the globe on the Dragon Express and try to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

About the Author
Dugald A. Steer is the editor of Dr. Ernest Drake's most famous work, Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons. He continues to research Dr. Drake and his life both in London and in St. Leonard's Forest, in Sussex. Dugald Steer has also been involved in the discovery and editing of numerous other books with ology in the title. Dugald Steer lives and writes in Surrey, England, under a variety of assumed names.

Douglas Carrel, a native of Scotland, was a dragonologist and illustrator of some standing. He accompanied Dr. Drake on some of his more fruitful expeditions, as indicated by a letter he wrote to the editor of Dragonology. "Having known Dr. Ernest Drake for many years and having shared with him in his expeditionary research ... I believe that it is my solemn duty to contribute to the furtherance of his work." he wrote. "I've come to share his enlightened perspective that these splendid creatures, though invariably maligned and deemed as nothing more than the stuff of myth, are in fact as real as you or me."
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