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Nov 30 2016

Dragon Land by Stephanie Bendixsen

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Ill. by Chris Kennett. Pixel Raiders bk 2. series. Scholastic Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781760275662
(Age: 8+) Digital Worlds. Computer games. Fantasy. Adventure. Stephanie Bendixsen and Steve O'Donnell continue their gaming series in Dragon Land. When we last saw Ripley and Mei Lin, they had conquered Dig World and had luckily escaped from many dangers. Unfortunately, their fall through the clouds is interrupted when they land on the back of a fierce green dragon Frey. Of course she is engaged in a dragon battle. Corkscrews, barrel rolls, and erratic flying are all desperate moves the beast makes as she tries to shake off the riders.
Dragon Frey is linked to the young gamers by an ancient spell as she owes them loyalty for saving her life. In turn Mei Lin and Rip need her knowledge to face the challenges of Dragon Land. George the wizard returns to guide them on their journey through the Path of Never-Ending Darkness. Hidden inside a magic tree, the gamers choose a new class and Rip becomes a ranger with special weapons and powers and Mei Lin takes on the Mage role with spells and magic to assist her. Their adventure waits, and faced with firebugs, a cranky dragon who can't fly, Mei Lin and Rip ingeniously face their enemies, using snotterballs, cunning moves and invisible spells to advance.
Dragon Land is another energetic adventure for young readers who love gaming and the world of virtual reality. Students in lower primary classes could design new levels for Mei Lin and Ripley to explore, create graphic novels or write fun narrative stories.
Rhyllis Bignell

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