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Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light    by Mary Janice Davidson & Anthony Alongi order for
Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light
by Mary Janice Davidson
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Teenage years are times of change. But Jennifer Scales' changes are a bit extraordinary. Every crescent moon she becomes a dragon, complete with blue dragon wings and the ability to breath fire. That's the weredragon on her father's side. Jennifer's mother is a beaststalker who defends herself with sharp weapons. The only problem is that beaststalkers and weredragons are mortal enemies - and some strange deaths in Jennifer's town are causing suspicion and tempers to flare.

In Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light, authors Mary Janice Davidson and Anthony Alongi create a society of weredragons and beaststalkers. As the story opens up, Jennifer is facing common teenager woes. Geometry class is tough, her parents are driving her crazy, and she's flustered by the new boy at school. But things quickly go awry when Jennifer's half brother Evangelos (a weredragon and werearachnid) returns from an unfriendly dimension seeking revenge. People in town begin to blame Jennifer's family for breaking ancient taboos. The dragon elders think she's an abomination, as do the beaststalkers. Can Jennifer prove to everyone that people can live together in peace? At least she's got her good friends, Susan and werearachnid Skip, standing beside her - or does she?

Filled with humor, friendship, and fierce loyalty, Jennifer Scales is one of two books about weredragons. Devoted readers can also look for Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace. Jennifer's character and attitude flies off the pages, whether she's defending what she believes in or unraveling the mystery of her half brother. In the end Jennifer needs to save not only herself but her family and her friends in the face of evil, confusion, and bad blood.

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