The Fire Within is a book that entrances you and makes you marvel at even the smallest of details. It is most suitable for younger teens. Nevertheless, if you like dragons, you will probably enjoy this book. With countless twists and turns, it’ll always have you wondering what’s around the corner.
A young man that is going into college, David Rain, has no place to stay while he is in college, so he applies to be a tenant. Luckily, the Pennykettle family, who make clay dragons for a living, accepts his offer. When David first arrives, Elizabeth, the mother of the Pennykettle child, Lucy, makes a special dragon for David. They name this dragon Gadzooks. Shortly after Gadzooks is made, David sees an image of Gadzooks in his mind. Gadzooks, who holds a pad of paper and a pencil, writes something on his pad of paper and shows it to David. What is so special about this dragon, Gadzooks? What did Gadzooks write on his pad? And most importantly, what happens next?
In this exciting novel by Chris D’Lacey, you’ll nver want to miss a word of the story. With added elements of suspense and unpredictability, it’s a book that you would never want to pass up an offer on.
-Linna C., 7th grade