Synopses & Reviews
Ever since she was caught up in a magical whirlwind of dragons, spells, and wizards, Theodora Oglethorpe has been doing her best to put the Events of Last Summer behind her and go back to her life as a normal twelve-year-old girl. But no matter how hard she tries to forget about magic, it always seems to find her -- even when she's on vacation! When Theodora's biologist-dad is called to the Scottish island of Scornsay to study a scale believed to be from a previously unknown species, Theodora is thrilled to be invited along. A nice vacation is just what she needs to forget all about wyverns, demons, and magical tunnels through time.
But as soon as Theodora sees the scale, she knows it's not from a fish, a reptile, or anything known to science. It's from a dragon, and as Theodora knows all too well, wherever there are dragons, there are wizards, and then there's sure to be trouble. Before she can solve the mystery of the dragon's scale, Theodora will have to confront her own magical heritage and make a perilous journey to the wizard's limbo known as Never-Was.
The Dragon of Never-Was, the sequel to Hatching Magic, is just as funny, witty, and richly imagined as its predecessor. Filled with eccentric characters, crafty dragons, dazzling spells, good friends, and a feisty heroine that readers will root for, this is a middle-grade fantasy to be savored.
"The Dragon of Never-Was
is a whimsical, mysterious fantasy with some delightful twists on magic that I've never seen before."
-- Hilari Bell, author of the Farsala Trilogy "This is a charming fantasy that will appeal to fans of Diana Wynne Jones."
-- School Library Journal "Much more satisfying than any commercially packaged fantasy."
-- Horn Book "Chuckles abound in this light, old-world-meets-new-world fantasy."
-- New York Times Book Review
"Captivating and informative."—Skipping Stones Magazine
"While most graphic novels exist simply to entertain, this one both entertains and informs the audience in an intellectual manner, which is a nice change of pace."—Cory Troske, Bid Muddy
The sequel to "Hatching Magic, The Dragon of Never-Was" is filled with eccentric characters, unbelievable dragons, crafty spells, good friends, and a feisty heroine. Illustrations.
We live in a world of viruses, biological entities to be confronted not by superheroes in capes but by scientists and informed citizens during their everyday lives. From the bustle of the airport to the wide expanse of the ocean to the remote tundra of the Arctic, viruses infect many different fronts in fascinatingly unique ways.
World of Viruses is a graphic novel that contains the thrilling true stories of well-known threats like foot and mouth disease, HIV, the flu, and HPV, as well as the lesser-known but helpful role that viruses play in saving global ecosystems from out-of-control blooms of algae. The talented artists and writers included in this spectacular graphic novel feature the heroics and adventures of viruses and scientists, as they challenge each other for survival on planet Earth.
About the Author
Judy Diamond is a professor and curator of informal science education at the University of Nebraska State Museum and the coauthor of Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot. Tom Floyd is a multimedia graphics designer at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the author and illustrator of Captain Spectre. Martin Powell is the author of many graphic novels, including Rumpelstiltskin and The Avenger Chronicles. Angie Fox is a scientific illustrator with the University of Nebraska State Museum. Ann Downer-Hazell is the author of eight books for young readers, most recently Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication. Charles Wood is the Lewis Lehr/3M University Professor and director of the Nebraska Center for Virology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.