Title: The Search for the Red Dragon
Series: The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
Author: James A. Owen
ISBN: 9781416948506
Pages: 371 pages
Publisher/Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.

Sitting in a disarray of just-blooming bluebells, mud, and free-floating feathers was a small girl. A small girl with wings. […]
“More of a cherub, really, don’t you think, John?” said Charles.
“And you would know this how?” asked John. “When have you ever seen a cherub?”
“Look,” said Charles, “when he said ‘angel,’ I was expecting something a little more grown-up. This cherub can’t be more than five years old.”
“I’m eight, I’ll have you know,” the girl piped up. “Next Thursday, anyway. And I’m not a cherub or an angel, whatever those are. I’m Laura Glue, and Laura Glue is me.” (16)

In the sequel to Here, There Be Dragons, James Owen begins the story nine years later. Charles and John have been contacted by Jack’s brother to come immediately. Upon arrival, they are greated not only by Jack and his brother, but by a tiny winged girl with a message for “Jamie” that “The Crusade has begun.” Jamie turns out to be Sir James Barrie, the previous Caretaker of the Imaginarium Geographica. After calling on their old friend Bert, they discover that children, including Aven’s son, have all gone missing along with the dragon ships. As the conduct The Search for the Red Dragon, they’re transported to Never Land where they meet some familiar characters.

James Owen has done it again. Fabulous mythology weaved seemlessly with fantasy, history and folklore transport the reader into Nether Land. It’s an impressive pantheon, with wonderful descriptions and a much appreciated author’s note that guides the uninitiated through fact, fiction, and the connections between the two, seperating what is true with the liberties that he took. The writing is engaging, and I’ve asked our ordering teen librarian to acquire the rest of the series, because you can’t start this series without finding out how it ends. I certainly hope we haven’t seen the last of Laura Glue.

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