The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen
(Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica)

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"'The Crusade has begun'...

"There's an old myth in the Archipelago," he went on softly, shaking his head. "A legend, really...I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened seven centuries ago. We always thought it was only a story."

It has been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. And their only clue is a mysterious message delivered by a strange girl with artificial wings: "The Crusade has begun." Worse, they discover that all of the legendary Dragonships have disappeared as well.

The only chance they have to save the world from a centuries-old plot is to seek out the last of the Dragonships -- the Red Dragon -- in a spectacular journey that takes them from Sir James Barrie's Kensington Gardens to the Underneath of the Greek Titans of myth. With friends both familiar and new, they will travel through an extraordinary landscape where history, myth, and fable blend together to tell the oldest story in the world. And along the way, the Caretakers of the Geographica will discover that great deeds alone do not make heroes, and that growing up may be unavoidable...but growing old doesn't have to be.

About James A. Owen

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James A. Owen is the author of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He is also founder and executive director of Coppervale International, a comic book company that also publishes magazines and develops and produces television and film projects. He lives in Arizona. Visit him at
Published June 30, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thematically concerned with superior adulthood (much of the adventure takes place in the Archipelago’s version of Neverland crossed with Dante’s Inferno), this adventure is positively hostile to a young readership.

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Teen Reads

John, Jack and Charles think that the Winter King is dead from Book One’s war, but his evil tentacles continue to reach into this story.

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Fantasy Literature

The strengths — and weaknesses — of the first book continue in The Search for the Red Dragon.

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The Trades

Lewis, and Charles Williams -- who have been given the task of being Caretakers for the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of islands that exists in the Archipeligo of Dreams.

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