Tom hadn't wanted the apprenticeship . . . but having accepted, he at least had to try to be worthy . . .
Powerful magic saves Tom's life but weakens the Guardian of the phoenix egg, the tiger Mr. Hu. The egg can bring peace to the world -- or its destruction. Only the tiger's apprentice, Tom, can now keep the egg safe. But Tom is just a beginner at magic and is more likely to make a mistake than save the world.
So Tom, Mr. Hu, and their motley crew of friends flee to the underwater dragon kingdom with the egg. They soon discover that nothing is as it seems and an unstoppable evil is advancing. When the egg is stolen, Tom and his friends must risk everything to recover it.
In this second book of The Tiger's Apprentice trilogy, two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep returns to the magical world hidden within our own, where good and evil battle for control and the test of a friendship can decide the fate of both worlds.
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Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, was graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, writer Joanne Ryder. Mr. Yep is one of children's literature's most respected authors and a recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work. His novels include Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate, both Newbery Honor Books. He is also the author of Sweetwater; When the Circus Came to Town; The Imp That Ate My Homework, winner of the Georgia Children's Book Award; The Magic Paintbrush; and The Earth Dragon Awakes. The author of numerous other books for children and young adults, Mr. Yep has taught creative writing and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara. In 1990 he received an NEA fellowship in fiction.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 - In this sequel to The Tiger's Apprentice, Tom and his friends flee to the underwater Dragon Kingdom. There they hope to be safe from Vatten and his followers who seek to steal the egg of the phoenix from Mr. Hu, its appointed guardian and Tom's teacher. Because of Mr. Hu's failing health, Tom continues his apprentice studies with the dragons, learning their lore, along with several giggle-inducing tries at magic spells. When the egg is stolen, Tom has suspicions that Mistral may be involved. He must decide if he can trust her and the other dragons as well as find the egg at great risk to his own life. Intrigue abounds, and the descriptions of the dragons' palace will have readers wishing they could visit it themselves. Those who have waited for the second book in the series will not be disappointed. Those who haven't read the first one may find themselves a bit lost, but expect them to remedy the situation by reading it and then asking when the third book is due out. - Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA
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