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Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Alex and the Ironic Gentleman #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  287 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
From the author of Alex and the Ironic Gentleman comes the second tale in this magical series--the adventures of a smart-aleck young boy who must protect a thousand-year-old dragon and return him to China.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Weinstein Books (first published January 13th 2008)
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Apr 24, 2009 Jerm rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
So, this one started off not being a sequel to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, but then it was, so yay. Just as funny as the first one, without the weird, long, unsettling train ride.

Timothy has been kicked out of every school in the city, and doesn’t really know what will come next. As it turns out, it’s a dragon. But in human form. And he is forced to be the servant of whoever holds this gold key. Because he was a mean greedy dragon in the past. But now he’s a weird old Chinese guy. Anyway, if
May 18, 2009 Nioniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Warning! Very, very mild spoilers!

Firstly - The ninja was Canadian! Yay!

Secondly - The villain's self-given name was The Man in the Beige Linen Suit! And really, how much cooler can you get than that?

Thirdly - The whole dragon thing was kind of wrong, and the dragon thing is kind of the whole idea of the book, which is unfortunate. BUT! Everything else was fantastic, so that's OK.

Fourthly - I loved how Timothy met up with Alex right after the events that happened in Alex and the Ironic Gentleman
Mar 27, 2009 Doug rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don't have any children. I've never really felt any desire to be a parent.

Every once in a while, though, I read a children's book and wish I had children I could read it to. "Timothy and the Dragon's Gate" is one of those books.

Young Timothy is a boy who is too smart for his own good. (Timothy, of course, disagrees with this assessment because, well, he's too smart for his own good.) He has managed to get himself expelled from every school in the city, leaving his father uncertain with to do w
May 09, 2009 Tami rated it really liked it
Timothy’s Dad is at his wit’s end. Timothy has just gotten himself kicked out of yet another school. With nothing else to do, the boy hangs around his Dad’s work.

This is where the adventure begins. Timothy meets a man with a strange secret. It would seem his assistant, Mr Shen, is a dragon. What’s more, this dragon needs to get to China to the Dragon’s Gate, immediately. Unfortunately, there are a few challenges along the way, including pirates and the fact that no one seems to know how to get
Jul 30, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman which I absolutely loved, and it was a bit of a disappointment.

It certainly wasn't bad, just a let down from Kress' first effort which was, what I believe, the archetypal children's book should be like. The main character was much less likable than Alex (much like how Harry Potter gets when he's going through puberty in book 5, except we don't have the history with Timothy to really care about seeing him through it), and the humor was just less
Jun 24, 2009 Keli rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book slightly less than Kress' first book, but only slightly. She creates an honest young adult voice and bring the reader into a conspiracy. For example, when the adventurers have to walk for hours to reach the coast, she states that this part of adventure is boring and "let's just get to the pirates already." There was far less absurdism in this book than in "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman," but only a little. This book was a lot of fun and full of adventure.
Claudia Osmond
Sep 03, 2009 Claudia Osmond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: torkidlit
A funny and clever read. Timothy is such a real 11 year old boy, complete with attitude and all. (My favorite part is when Mr. Shen drinks the milkshake in the diner. Such an inconsequential part and I have no idea why that's my favorite, but I seriously laughed out loud! I could so picture him doing it!) The narrative voice and Timothy's personality were a great combo.
Oct 17, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
This unique follow up to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman continues the adventure but with a twist: the first half of the story focuses on Timothy Freshwater - a smart but sullen and uncooperative eleven year old. It is only in the second half of the book that Alex and The Ironic Gentleman show up. At that point Alex and Timothy team up and work together.

The style and sense of humor continues in this newest adventure, and the plot hook is equally creative, but I just didn't like Timothy as much as
Oct 24, 2009 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
I hated this book. Timothy was a terrible child that no one could like. His attitude was beyond bad, it was out of character.

The fact that the author threw in characters from a previous book just to make a sequel didn't help.

Oh and don't forget that the adults acted like they were braindead uncaring people.

Sometimes it felt like the author tried to make her writing whitty or smart alicky to get the kids to like it but it turned readers off because it felt like a back talking teenager.
Nov 05, 2009 Myckyee rated it it was amazing
Timothy Freshwater is a smart, cynical eleven year old who is almost too smart for his own good. After being expelled from the last school in town that would accept him, Timothy’s father brings him to work where Timothy meets the big boss, CEO Evans Bore and the company mail clerk, Mr. Shen. When timothy’s father leaves on a business trip, Timothy is left with a reclusive neighbour, Sir Bazalgette, a well-respected and famous architect. These three people, Evans Bore, Mr. Shen and Sir Bazalgette ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sullen, gifted, bored Timothy gets kicked out of the last school in the city. What's a parent to do? A frazzled father, with no help from star wannabe mother, takes Timothy to work with him. Now the adventures begin as Timothy meets a bespelled dragon and unwillingly goes on a quest to help the dragon break the spell. Along the way he encounters friends and foe, never always knowing which is wihich.

This is a fun, fast-paced book that I greatly enjoyed. Filled with adventure, humor, growing pain
Kelly Aley
Jan 27, 2010 Kelly Aley rated it really liked it
Timothy is a very annoying, whiny, brat. I did not really enjoy him at all. In fact, I was almost rooting for the bad guys. Then the author finally had him meet Alex from her first book and it became tolerable again. I still enjoyed the writing style and Ms. Kress does a good job at moving the story along. This would be a great 9-14 yr old book for boys or girls. Nice and clean. (but I liked the first book better!)
May 10, 2010 Strawberry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Es kommt ja selten vor, aber ich habe es nicht geschafft weiter als bis Seite 40 zu kommen. Das Problem an diesem Buch ist die Hauptfigur. Timothy Freshwater ist hochbegabt, bereits von allen Schulen geflogen und geht einem einfach nur auf die Nerven. Er ist trotzig, gelangweilt und desinteressiert. Sein Vater, der langsam etwas verzweifelt ist kann einem nur leid tun. Ich hätte dieses Kind wahrscheinlich schon längst zur Adoption freigegeben.
Kat  Hooper
Sep 01, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Timothy Freshwater, 11 years old, has been expelled from the last school in the city. He’s played too many pranks and his teachers say he’s “too smart for his own good.” Since he’s now out of school, Mr. Bore, the CEO of the company his dad works for, recruits Timothy as his intern so Timothy can teach Mr. Bore how to make people like him. In Mr. Bore’s office, Timothy also meets Mr. Shen, a small Chinese man who happens to be an enslaved dragon. In order
Melanie Au
Nov 16, 2011 Melanie Au rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, fantasy, adventure
How would you like it if every teacher you met was afraid of you? Timothy has been expelled from every school in his city. And he knows it's not really because he stuffed a student into a locker, put dog poo in a teacher's briefcase or organized a student protest. It's because he's smarter than adults and it scares them.
And so, Timothy ends up at his father's workplace instead of going to school and becomes (quite accidentally) the CEO's intern, with the job of helping the CEO, Evans Bore, unde
Dec 07, 2011 cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-in-2011
2011 Book 116/100

Not until V and I were halfway through the book was the character of Alex introduced and we realized that we had read this author's book Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and LOVED it. This book was a bit less of a success for me, but the 10 year old adored it.
Feb 01, 2013 Peregrine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Pirates, a Canadian ninja, three menacing black cabs, a dragon in human form, a realistically flawed but still lovable main character, and a wonderful cross-country trek to save the day? Everything I expected plus more from the sequel of one of my favorite books.

It seems a lot of people didn't like Timothy. I can see why: he's got an attitude and is much more cynical than the amazing Alex. But I liked him. He was a realistic human being. And he does change towards the end.

The thing I love abou
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Timothy Freshwater, a cool smart-aleck with a bad attitude, purposely does things to annoy his teachers and his parents. His favorite word: “Whatever.” As the story opens, he has just been expelled from school…again. Too old for a babysitter and too much trouble to be left at home alone, Timothy goes to work with his Dad and finds himself put to work as an intern. There he meets the mail clerk, Mr. Shen…who is really a dragon in human form that is required to obey whoever owns a mystical dragon ...more
Fantasy Literature
May 28, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
Timothy Freshwater, 11 years old, has been expelled from the last school in the city. He’s played too many pranks and his teachers say he’s “too smart for his own good.” Since he’s now out of school, Mr. Bore, the CEO of the company his dad works for, recruits Timothy as his intern so Timothy can teach Mr. Bore how to make people like him. In Mr. Bore’s office, Timothy also meets Mr. Shen, a small Chinese man who happens to be an enslaved dragon. In order to free him so he can regain his dragon ...more
Miss Clark
Jul 01, 2012 Miss Clark rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
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Ji Mei
I loved this book! I thought that this book was a great sequel to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. Timothy is different from Alex and his personality is a different humor. More sarcastic. I thought it was similar to the first on certain things, which was fine, but in this one, the plot had a much better purpose. I thought this one lacked the more innocent kid storytelling in the first, but this one still had its funny moments. I really couldn't put this book down, especially since I was so excited ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Isaac rated it it was ok
Shelves: october
This book was good if you liked books about people who are just there to annoy others. The whole book Timothy was ignoring others and insulting others, and the insults weren't even good either. They say he's super smart, but every time something went wrong, he wouldn't even try to find a solution. And since he's ignoring everyone, nothing happens. When something does happen, he won't do anything. I found that Timothy was rude and obnoxious and when he tried to be funny, it failed. The book was a ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Trelawney rated it it was ok
I'd like to, in actuality, give this book two and a half stars, because it wasn't so bad as to garner a two, but also, wouldn't quite make three. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman was cute, witty, and highly enjoyable to read. I mentioned it to a few people, because I thought it was worth mentioning. However, its sequel did not live up to the first book. I felt this book tried too hard to be funny, and it just lost its appeal as a result. Shame really. :( Ah well, you can't win with them all I suppo ...more
Anoush Emrazian
It took a while to get into (possibly my fault as I haven't done a lot of my "book listening" work lately). As with Kress' previous book, I enjoy her quirky writing style with interesting turns of phrase and almost even a feeling of a reference to the reader. I was totally happy to see Alex again and I enjoyed the plot twists and two-faced characters we met while listening to this book.
Dec 05, 2013 Roxy rated it it was amazing
This book is thrilling, taking place at about the same time as Alex and the ironic gentlemen. This book reveals that Timothy is persistent to rescue his friends while facing multiple challenges, like escaping the trio of black cabs, or facing a group of ninjas. A thriller for all ages, seeing Timothy rescuing a Chinese dragon from a curse that he's been under for hundreds of years. Enjoy reading this book!
Jan 01, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Confieso que lo que me atrajo, en primera instancia, fue el título. Luego observé la tapa y me gustó más. Y el resumen terminó de convencerme. Parecía atractivo, en la superficie y en la profundidad, así que lo compré. Y, dada su relación calidad/precio, he salido ganando.

Al principio, Timothy, un nene inteligente, insolente y sin adultos que puedan darle los límites que necesita, es expulsado de la última escuela de la ciudad. Así que termina en el trabajo de su padre, donde su insolencia le te
Oct 12, 2014 Tracey rated it it was amazing
We love this story. My son loves the adventure and suspense. He regularly convinces me to stay in the car for an extra 20 - 30 minutes to continue listening (audio book version), because he just has to know what happens next. I admit I am also anticipating the next scene, and willingly let ice cream melt in the trunk just to hear it.

I love the main character. He is a boy who, hurt by the relational void with his parents and constantly being misunderstood (and constantly in trouble), has adopted
Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~
Feb 22, 2015 Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~ rated it it was amazing
Review by Reviews by Cole (my son)

In Timothy and the Dragon's Gate was the same thing, very exiting as its climax progresses super fast and gets you glued to the action as Timothy is trying to save a dragon who was cursed to be a slave for a long time and to save his dragon friend he will have to pass though the dragon's gate, as he is stopped by a ninja and more.
Read Timothy and the Dragons Gate to find out what happens!
I give Timothy and the Dagon's Gate 5 bats!!!
2 1/2 stars.

Didn't like as much as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. This took for-ev-er to get going and the characters were not nearly as likeable. Kept waiting and hoping for Alex to make an appearance, any appearance, and that's the reason why this gets bumped up a full star...otherwise this would be 1 1/2 stars.
Sep 12, 2016 Valerie rated it liked it
Cute for younglings
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“There are certain bits of stories that, because of their nature, are rather dull. This is because very little happens in them. And for some reason, they also always happen to take place over a rather tediously long period of time. So, yes, I could tell you of the five-hour trek Timothy and Alex took to reach the hidden bay. I could tell you that when they reached the fort, the view was rather impressive. I could also mention that Timothy lost his footing at one point as they made their way through the thick forest on the other side and, had Alex not grabbed the back of his jacket, his tale would have ended there rather abruptly.
But honestly...
Let's just get to the pirate stuff already.”
“He would rock back and forth in his chair, making sure it squeaked ominously. He always found a chair that squeaked ominously. He was so good at squeaking ominously that he managed to make year-six teacher number two burst into tears.” 4 likes
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