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She knew that growing up would mean changing. But Jennifer wasn't prepared for the blue scales or the claws, since no one had told her that she came from a bloodline of weredragons. Her greatest challenge? Protecting herself from her family's ancient enemies and preparing herself for fierce battles. And that's a lot to expect of a girl just coming into her own.

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ace (first published August 2nd 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Jennifer Scales is just like any other fourteen-year-old girl. She's going through some...changes. But it's all normal, right?

Not exactly. In JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE (don't let the title keep you away; it's not what it sounds like), Jennifer's parents tell her some...surprising news. She's going to be changing a lot more than most people do at her age. In fact, she's going to be getting scales, horns, and claws--at least some of the...more
Ithlilian
A weredragon teenager learning to cope with her new abilities sounds great, and that's why I decided to read this book. Unfortunately, the characters were one dimensional, learning about the dragons and their abilities was tedious, and the conflict and danger were bland. Like any teenager Jennifer is full of drama and isn't interested in the points of view of others. That doesn't make her very enjoyable or likable, which got the book off to a bad start. I was getting excited about the idea of a...more
Janice (Janicu)
This didn't really work for me. The protagonist is a teen girl who discovers that her parents never told her that she's half weredragon. And her race has an ancient feud with were-arachnids and beaststalkers. While I could suspend my disbelief with the paranormal aspects of this story, I had a problem with the characters and their interactions. Jennifer often acted like a brat, lashing out at her parents over everything, for example - her dad not being there because of his job. Jennifer takes ou...more
Michelle (Purr More, Censor Less)
I am a big fan of MJD's other books, primarily the Queen Betsey series, so I expected to enjoy this book. Unfortunately, it did not grab me. I think it was the whole weredragon world that MJD created. It just didn't appeal to me and seemed almost cartoonish. Dragons that talk, have barbecues, sketch, and talk on the phone just seem a little too Disney-animated-featurish-ish. I finished the book so gave it two stars but I could have just as easily set it aside and not miss it. It did get a little...more
Sharons  Bücherparadies
Auf Grund des schönen Covers und des vielversprechenden Klappentextes, bin ich auf dieses wunderbare Buch aufmerksam geworden. Ich danke dem Egmont Ink Verlag, dass ich es lesen durfte!

Worum gehts?
Eigentlich ist Jennifer Scales ein ganz normales 14jähriges Mädchen. Doch im Alter von 5 Jahren sah sie, wie die Stadt Eveningstar im Bundesstaat Minnesota lichterloh brannte und ausgelöscht wurde. Es war Sichelmond! Sie floh mit ihrer Familie.
Nach und nach veränderte sich Jennifer, welche oft von Albt...more
Dorcas
Aug 19, 2007 Dorcas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in shapeshifting stories, strong young female characters
What’s better than a story about a girl who loves dragons, a girl who turns in-to a dragon. Jennifer is a 14 year old weredragon, from her dad’s side, learning to deal with some interesting changes, including how to walk and fly with her new clawed limbs, and how to chat up the new boy in class.
The sequel has just come out and a third one is on the way.

Thoughts:
This YA novel, tends to be difficult to find on the shelves of either the bookstore or libraries, however, those interested in a contemp...more
Manja
Kurzbeschreibung:
Eigentlich führt Jennifer Scales ein ganz normales Leben, bis sie plötzlich merkt, dass sie außergewöhnliche Körperkräfte besitzt und Dinge sieht, die andere nicht sehen. Und dann passiert es: In einer Halbmondnacht verwandelt sie sich in einen Werdrachen! Und sie ist nicht die Einzige in der Familie. Auch ihr Vater und Großvater können fliegen und Feuer speihen. Von nun an ändert Jennifer zweimal im Monat für einige Tage die Gestalt und lernt andere Werdrachen kennen, die unerk...more
Kneubeck
Jennifer ist gerade vierzehn geworden und spielt Fußball in der Schulmanschaft. Bei einem wichtigen Spiel schafft sie einen fast unmöglichen Treffer, da sie ein Salto macht, worüber sich alle wundern, bis auf Jennifer selbst. Sie ärgert sich mehr darüber, dass ihr Vater mal wieder nicht da ist. Der ist, wie so oft, auf Geschäftsreise. Mit ihrer Mutter versteht sie sich auch nicht so gut und fängt ständig Streit an. Dass ihre Eltern ihr etwas zu sagen haben, merkt sie eigentlich gar nicht, bis es...more
Julie Christin
Erster Satz
"An ihrem fünften Geburtstag musste Jennifer Scales mit ihrer Familie umziehen."
aus "Drachenstern - Gewandelt" von M.J. Davidson, Egmont Ink, S.7

Meinung
Was würdest du tun, wenn du dich auf einmal in einen Drachen verwandeln würdest?
Jennifer Scales ist zwar etwas verwirrt, aber sie nimmt diese Veränderung gut auf und fühlt sich schnell in ihrem neuen Körper wohl. Zusammen mit ihrer Familie führt sie ein glückliches Drachenleben, obwohl ihre Freunde sich langsam von ihr abwenden. Doch n...more
Latharna Fraser
So! Heute morgen fertig gelesen.
Ich liebe Mary Janice Davidson!
Und mit diesem Buch noch ein bisschen mehr ^^
Ich muss sagen ich bin es gewohnt von ihr mit Humor, Erotik und einem spritzigen Sarkasmus zu schreiben.
Aber hier zeigt sie etwas ganz anderes vill liegt es auch daran das sie mit ihrem Ehemann zusammen geschrieben hat ^^
Ich muss zugeben ich habe selbst noch keine Bücher von Anthony Alongi gelesen.

Also Fazit:
Es lässt sich leicht lesen man kann sich schnell in die Geschichte vertiefen und n...more
Ricarda Scola
Inhalt:

Jennifer Scales ist ein ganz normales 14-jähriges Mädchen - bis zu einer verhängnisvollen Sichelmondnacht, in der sie sich plötzlich in einen Drachen verwandelt. Glücklicherweise finden ihre Eltern sie rechtzeitig und bringen sie zu der Farm ihres Großvaters, wo man ihr erklärt, dass die ganze Familie väterlicherseits diese Fähigkeit besitzt. Auf eine gewisse Weise findet Jennifer das Ganze sogar cool, allerdings ändert sich diese Ansicht ganz schnell als ihr Vater spurlos verschwindet......more
Teresa Sporrer
Jennifer Scales dachte immer, dass sie ein normales Mädchen ist. Doch kurz nach ihrem 14. Geburtstag beginnt sie sich zu verändern: Beim Fußballspielen gelingen ihr unglaubliche Tricks, Insekten verhalten sich komisch und sie träumt seltsame Sachen.

Und dann passiert es: Jennifer verwandelt sich in einen Drachen! In einen Werdrachen. Einige Tage im Monat muss sie nun ihrer neuen schuppigen Gestalt verbringen.

Diese Rezension beginne ich mal damit, warm ich dieses Buch unbedingt lesen wollte: Mary-...more
Shannon Cooley
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. We grabbed the series on a whim when we saw a bunch of books for $1 each; my husband thought maybe our daughters would like it when they got a little older. I wanted to screen it first, though, to make sure it was something I'd want them reading.

While the protagonist is a bit of a bratty 14 yr old, it doesn't get as hung up on that as some books do, and enough of the rest of it held my interest that that part didn't bother me too much.

The weredragon idea...more
Wren
I will give pretty much anything a read if it promises people who shapeshift into dragons.

The writing is rather juvenile, but the main character is quickly established as being only 14 - I probably would have enjoyed this story at that age. This novel is pretty much the antithesis to the current YA novel trend of absent parents, Jennifer's family is very much the main focus of the story. She seems to feel at once stifled by the overprotective parents, and insulted that the father isn't around fo...more
María Paula Castellano
Fué muy muy bueno pero va demasiado rápido, me gustan tanto los personajes como la historia y definitivamente pasaron bastantes cosas que no me esperaba y que me gustaron mucho.

Tienen que saber que: 1.Jennifer es una chama sarcástica, divertida y friki que se puede transformar en dragón (una protagonista cool). 2.Hay gente-araña (tal vez uno enamorado de ella) y cazadores de bestias (otro enamorado tal vez por ahí, y alguien que no se esperaba hgdjgjdsags) 3.Y que hay un pleito que te hace segu...more
Susan
Dec 26, 2009 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Fourteen year old Jennifer Scales surprised her soccer teammates with an impossible jump and kick to win their soccer game. That was just the beginning of the surprises as Jennifer finds herself turning into a dragon that can fly and breathe fire! She learns that her father is a weredragon and so is she! This really complicates her school and social life especially after she learns that she is only in dragon form during a crescent moon. She comes to grips with her strange gifts as an ancient en...more
Danielle
I think this is the first author I've ever read who (according to her blog, anyway) says her books kinda start off as big ol' chunks of dialogue, then she has to grit her teeth and go back in and add descriptions. Sounds like my writing!

I was pleasantly surprised at how solid this was. Near the end, I was afraid this would be a 'TO BE CONTINUED' ending, but she actually did a nice job of making a short-but-effective climax battle. (And the end twists actually surprised me a bit!)

I liked the firs...more
Mikaela
This is another of those books I have eyed for years but never got around to read. When I spotted it on the library's webpage, I downloaded it on a whim. I was in the mood for a something short, and something that wasn't romance. This one fit my needs. I couldn't put it down. The voice were smooth, with a touch of humor. The worldbuilding felt solid, the secondary characters were interesting. But what made the story for me was Jennifer. Her struggles to adjust to her new life felt real, how when...more
Tammy
You know how you went through changes at puberty? Jennifer did too. Only hers changed her into a dragon. She's a little pissed off that her parents neglected to mention this side of her genetic heritage and can you blame her? One of the things that attracts me to certain YA series is how realistic the teenager is. Jennifer is realistic. She hates being a dragon, hates that her parents kept this a secret from her, hates that she has to keep secrets from her friends, worries that her life will nev...more
Sarah Adamson
Unfortunately I just wanted more out of this book. I know it's for YA and I read a lot of YA but it was not quite enough for me. I wanted more dragons, more fantasy, not more teenage angst and relationship issues.
Caitlin
Apr 23, 2008 Caitlin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Magic, Animal, And dragon lovers will enjoy this book
Recommended to Caitlin by: My big brother and Mom
Summary: She knew that growing up would mean changing. But Jennifer wasn't prepared for the blue scales or the claws, since no one had told her that she came from a bloodline of weredragons. Her greatest challenge? Protecting herself from her family's ancient enemies and preparing herself for fierce battles. And that's a lot to expect of a girl just coming into her own.

My Review:
This book threw me out of my clothes! It was SO COOL! I loved it! It has magic (Which you probably think i am weird li...more
Angelic Zaizai


Jennifer, abg 14 tahun kaget mengetahui dia seorang weredragon, keturunan dari ayahnya.
Jadi harus menyesuaikan diri, belajar jadi naga yang baik dan benar. Meskipun penasaran karena belum dibolehkan mengunjungi tempat persembunyian para naga.
Di buku ini diceritakan tentang asal usul para weredragon dan musuh bebuyutannya werespider, juga beaststalker.
Ga disangka2 ternyata Jennifer dijebak oleh temannya sendiri, dengan tujuan mendapatkan Ancient Furnice.
Di akhir-akhir cerita, selain kemampuan ber...more
April
I have enjoyed reading the Queen Betsy series and some of the Wyndham Werewolf books by MaryJanice Davidson and thought I would give this series a try. I really enjoyed this story of Jennifer, a 14 year old with an attitude(duh!) who just finds out she is a weredragon!
Jennifer trys to find out how she fits in with the world as she learns about her dragon form and others of her kind. But, her mom is not a weredragon so does that make her a freak among freaks...
There are more books in this series...more
Cara
Jennifer Scales thought she was a typical freshman in high school. Her parents annoyed her, and she was worried about fitting in. Then, at a soccer game she does an amazing flip-kick to score the winning goal. People started being a little weird around her.
Then her parents sit her down to have a 'talk' about some changes that are occurring in her. Only it's not your typical talk. It turns out that Jennifer is a weredragon, and it runs in her family. Now, she has a new set of skills, traditions...more
Diana
Just after her fourteenth birthday, Jennifer Scales discovers that she is a weredragon, and starts to adjust to transforming into a fire-breathing dragon with every crescent moon. As danger threatens, however, she finds herself drawn into the legend of the Ancient Furnace.

This was a cute book, but not what I've come to expect from MaryJanice Davidson. The characters didn't pop as much as usual, and the teenage angst was overpowering at times. I was most mad at the parents, though, who decided to...more
Kerry
Oct 16, 2012 Kerry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005, 7, fantasy, ya
This is a nice, light read. It's a book for pre-teens and young teenagers - and adults like me who like to revist that place in their reading. It's fairly simple, although it soon becomes clear that good and evil are never actually simple or black and white. This is also very clearly a set-up book. As Jennifer discovers the secret world of the weredragons so does the reader. A lot is only touched upon and there must be going to be more books that delve into Jennifer's life and new world. I don't...more
Sonja Isaacson
I really like the other books/series I have read by MJD. This one was not so thrilling. Something just isn't ringing true in her world. Maybe it's that when in dragon-form they don't even lisp. Or that they can hold regular jobs even if they don't physically appear in a workplace about 2 weeks out of a month.

I don't know if I would have chosen to continue this series based on this book. She's a pouty teen going through some changes and her family has secrets - not exactly a new situtation. Howe...more
Angie
I just read this book, and all the rest in the series a few weeks ago. I love MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy of the Vampires books. They make me laugh as much as Katie McAlister's Aisling Grey guardian novels. However, I has not stumbled on the were-dragon books until recently because they were hidden away in the tiny YA section of my local library.

BTW - I was searching thru the library catalog using keyword 'dragon' in a faint hope that there would be something, anything, to read that I had...more
Nika
Only 40% in. Not sure I'm digging dragons. Not to mention how disgusted I am as a Mother, by this disrespectful little snot of a main character. The only thing that is keeping me reading so far is to find out the enemy of these creatures and the hope for some kick ass action at some point. So far...just fluff!

Finished! A bit too young. But the story line did prove to be interesting once we got past this girls temper tantrums. If only we could age this main character at least 4-5 years!
N.L. Riviezzo
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. While I like MJ's other books, I had a hard time believing she was also the writer of a YA series. Surprisingly, I actually really liked this book. Some sections of the writing and plot were a little more simplistic than I would have cared for but all in all, the story was decent.

The MC's personality needed a little more work but in the end, she was a likable character.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
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