TO BE UPDATED SOME OTHER TIMEThis is a very nostalgic moment for me *Because I M Going * I m going all the old Pennsylvania Reader s Choice Awards Nominee List 2008 and I know I read most of them This bookI m pretty sure I ve read this But I I know I read most of them This bookI m pretty sure I ve read this But I t remember anything It s all so blurry inside my head Hopefully I ll read it again John Salt loves his baby dragons that are being raised in the Wild s a international wildlife Center for the preservation of Wildlife but she strange Aunt Dr Mary Athena shows up with a strange interest in the dragons and the comestic company she works for John s friend and neighbor Candi rises about her desire to be popular to help John save the dragons from the crazy aunt This book is about a boy named John Salt He has nothing special in particular xcept maybe his amazing love for dragons Ever since the first one had settled at the wilds he has been amazed and when it had ggs nine baby dragons have been his only concern But when his aunt comes all the way from France just to visit the dragons John Salt begins to become fishy specially when one of the dragons go missing This is a totally awesome book Dragons are normal in Spratt Ohio This boy has a whole herd of them He also has an vil Aunt who wants to live forever She brings a chainsaw with her make up kit and secretly hacks off Blackie the leader dragon s head She makes special cream out of the blood hoping she ll gain immortality Only now *She Starts Turning Into A *starts turning into a She nds up becoming part of the herd and the boy never has to tell his Dad that his sister was a psycho and tried to kill them all including him Synopsis John Salt loves his baby dragons all nine of them He cares for them as if they were his babies they are his babies for Pete s sake because after all how many kids in Ohio besides Salt have a litter of dragons living behind their house Exactly none that s how manyBut not veryone loves the dragons as much as Salt In fact someone is planning to do them some major major harm And once Salt finds out that his babies are in danger it s up to him and one of his least favorite people Candi. John Salt loves his baby dragons all nine of them He cares for them as if they were his babies they are his babies for Pete's sake because after all how many kids in Ohio besides Salt have a litter of dragons living behind their house Exactly none that's how manyBut not veryone loves the dragons .
Values of their families and the parents do play roles tooThroughout the book Salt makes a number of interesting observations about dragon behavior and biology These added help bring the fantasy lements aliveA similar book worth reading is Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Cute ideas and characters but the writinf was a bit bland Being 18 I was only curious about it because *it was something that caught my yeI should have read it in 4th grade This book had a cute *was something that caught my yeI should have read it in 4th grade This book had a cute with some xciting action parts The dialogue was somewhat forced with a lot of outdated slang twerp weenie boy oh boy Jeez The Power Of A Choice etcspecially considering that this book was published in 2004 The reuirements for being popular seemed outdated as well since being smart and being popular were popular seemed outdated as well since being smart and being popular were dragons were interesting and it was an njoyable read When a Chinese dragon somehow finds her way to Spratt Ohio and bears a litter of nine offspring at The Wilds a wildlife conservancy run by seventh grade protagonist John Salt s parents our hero becomes actively involved in their care Discovered only ten years before by Dr Zhao the dragons soon attract the wrong sort of attention in the form of John s long absent Aunt Mary Athena who descends upon her former home intent on using the dragonlings in horrific xperiments to produce anti aging cosmetics Now John must find a way to save the dragons with the help of his best friend Ham and Ham s secretly brilliant sister CandiI found this work of middle grade fantasy rather uninspiring and was unable to work up much interest ither in the plot resolution or in the characters themselves My initial xcitement at discovering a children s fantasy set in the American mid west Ohio is my birth state soon gave way to boredom with the bland writing and generic plotting There is far better dragon fantasy out there whether one is looking for the humorous think Patricia Wrede s The Enchanted Forest Chronicles or the The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right epic Anne McCaffrey s The Dragonriders of Pern Laurence Yep s Dragon of the Lost Sea books and it is to these works that I would direct the young reader. Ed in finding the perfectye shadow to go with her rhinestone hair clips than anything Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling else or so she'd likeveryone to think But Salt is a pretty tough kid for a couch potato and Candi has a trick or two up her sleeve in this funny novel from the author of the truth about rats rules seventh grad. Clark to save themBut how can they save the dragons They re just kids for cryin out loud And Candi is interested in finding the perfect Monsieur Pain eye shadow to go with her rhinestone hair clips than anythinglse or so she d like veryone to think But Salt is a pretty tough kid for a couch potato and Candi has a trick or two up her sleeve in this funny novel from the author of the truth about rats rules seventh gradeMy Review This one took a lot of pushing to finish I found it dull and odd at times I Really Didn T really didn t much point in Candi or her random storyline other than to appeal towards girls and to supposedly be the brains to get veryone out of trouble The storyline was also slow and boring ven
"The Parts That Were Supposed To Be Exciting Seemed To "parts that were supposed to be xciting seemed to really slowly I have a hard time seeing this capturing the attention of the pre teen and young teen audience and keeping them involved with the book Imagine if the Wilds of Ohio had a clutch of dragonets growing up among the white rhinos and reticulated giraffes Imagine further that they were in the care of a ten year old boy known only by his last name Salt That s the idea behind The Dragons of Spratt OhioShortly after the dragons hatch a long lost aunt appears to do research on a new wrinkle cream She is part of R D of a famous makeup producer in Paris France She is idolized by Candi a straight A student who is afraid she has to play dumb to stay popularThe aunt Dr Salt though turns out to be very different than Candi s imagined version She only wears black she only ats health food and she doesn t seem to have any sense of humorMeanwhile Salt has the dragons to worry about They are at risk from poachers and are a danger to the other wildlife at the park When a dragon goes missing he has to risk his own life to keep them safe ven if it means betraying someone very close to himAlthough Salt s parents are absent in the book he isn t an orphan They are away on business and it gives Salt Candi and the other teens in the book a chance to spread their wings just as the dragons are doing the same Their reactions though are grounded in the. S much as Salt In fact someone is planning to do them some major major harm And once Salt finds out that his babies are in danger it's up to him and one of his least favorite people Candi Clark to save themBut how can they save the dragons They're just kids for cryin' out loud And Candi is interest. ,