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Eye of the Monster
Eye of the Monster
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Eye of the Monster

by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Federico Piatti

Ren is tired of being bullied, but he thinks the bullies are right. He is small and weak. But when his eyes turn golden, and his skin turns scaly, Ren thinks he can finally get revenge on the boys who tormented him. What will he do when he sees what fear looks like?

Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Interest LevelGrades 4-8
Lexile Level560L
ATOS Level3.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #134745
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandZone Books
Page Dimensions5" x 7"
Page Count40
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $24.65 School/Library Price

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Read Plus Blog - Pat Pledger

"Suitable for reluctant readers. Each book in this series starts with the words: 'A new Age of dragons is about to begin. The powerful creatures will return to rule the world once more, but this time it will be different. This time, they will have allies who will help them. Around the world some young humans are making a strange discovery. They are learning that they were born with dragon blood - blood that gives them amazing powers.' Another set of books in the Dragonblood series, this time illustrated by Federico Piatti, will be welcomed by children who want a quick but compelling read. Each book has a small amount of print on the page, with an interesting type face that leads the eye onto words further on the page. The main characters are older adolescents and adults, so older reluctant or less able readers will not feel that they are reading books designed for young children. The stories are interesting and can be read very quickly by the more proficient reader, so will be useful on a spinner of 'Quick reads' in the library or in the classroom. Each book has different facts about the theme of the story, eg The Missing Fang looks at fangs through history, and there are discussion questions and writing prompts." - Read Plus Blog

October 29, 2010

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta

"Ren is used to feeling small and scared. He is constantly being picked on and beat up by boys who are bigger than he is. One day after a fight, Ren goes home feeling powerless, only to discover that he actually has the amazing power to change into a dragon. Ren wants revenge. How will he choose to use his newfound power? Created for struggling readers, the “Dragonblood” books are a feasible introduction to chapter books without the younger themes that deter older readers. They are a solid choice for teachers, librarians, and parents looking to match a reading level with a more appropriate story line. Complete with intriguing pictures, word art, and helpful questions and prompts, these books are ideal for guided reading and classroom use. A stronger reader, however, will be put off by the lack of a complete plot or a more intricate story line and will be left disappointed by the lack of substance in these short introductory books." - Children's Literature

January 1, 2010

School Library Journal - James K. Irwin, Evanston Public Library, IL

"According to the introductions, dragons will eventually return to rule the world with the help of children who are just discovering that they have dragon blood. In Eye, after being beaten up by a gang of older boys on a street in Tokyo, Ren discovers that he can transform into a ferocious dragon. He swoops through the sky and scoops two of his assailants up in his large talons. But instead of harming them, he releases them on the ground in a gesture of forgiveness. Piatti’s illustrations have an excellent play of light, darkness, and shadow, lending an impressionistic quality to some pages, a cinematic feel to others. Just the right touch of mystery and suspense prevails. In the second title, Noor, a Middle Eastern girl from a war-torn country, searches around in a crumbling library with her friend, Farah, who discovers a book that has a picture of a dragon with a birthmark on its arm that matches Noor’s. When gun-carrying soldiers discover the girls, Noor becomes a fire-breathing dragon. Again, the art matches the atmosphere and mood of the story with predominant muted colors and splashes of tawny tones complementing the sandy rubble of the Middle Eastern setting. With the feel of graphic novels, and with their large type and very brief texts, these are gems for reluctant readers.–" - School Library Journal

May 1, 2010

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight, Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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