Dragons in the Water (O'Keefe Family #2)
A stolen heirloom painting…a shipboardmurder…Can Simon and the O'Keefe clan unravel themystery?
Thirteen-year-old Simon Renierhas no idea when he boards the M.S. Orion with hiscousin Forsy
In Dragons in the Waters, a murder mystery story set on a ship sailing from Savannah to Venezuela, L'Engle shows that she was well aware of the way that people hide behind masks and even c...more
Upon reread, it did feel a bit like an odd combination of maybe A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Troubling a Star.
It is classic L'Engle, witht he way the elderly are portrayed, the emphasis on healing an entire person, the idea that some people are too naive for the world (althouh, in a rare case that role isn't being played by an Austin or O'Keefe, but by Simon).
I like the cast of characters, though it really felt like there w...more
On board his freighter Simon meets Poly and Charles (of L'Engle's forme...more
I am re-reading many of Madeleine L'Engle's books, books that I adored as a child and that inspired me in so many ways–to be a writer, among them. I'm not sure I ever read this one, however; and it strikes me not as a YA novel at all, but rather like a Juvenile Book Club version of one the Golden Age British myster...more
Mystery isn't really L'Engle's forte; she's not very good at giving clues to help the reader get the answer as well. (The goal when writi...more
Simon quickly becomes friends with Poly and her brother Charles. They spend their days exploring the ship and staying out of trouble. Trouble...more
Length? – A couple of evening's read.
Characters? – Memorable, several characters.
Setting? – Contemporary with a touch of fantasy.
Written approximately? – 1976.
Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.
Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.
Short storyline: Simon meets Poly and Charles on a boat to deliver a painting to a foreign country. He doesn't know the danger he is caught up in. I...more
L'Engle is always impressive with her eye for details and timeless relativity. You know that she's traveled on cargo ships and encountered South American policemen.
It was strange to read this after also reading (ack! what was the title? an Austin story... the daughter travels to Antarctica). There were so many s...more
On the other hand, it’s pretty progressive for young adult fiction circa 1965. Even if Meg Murry’s given up math to raise seven kids.
This is a good book and can be enjoyed ev...more
Dragons in the Waters introduces us to Simon. Having lived with his 90 year old great aunt for several years, Simon has grown used to being poor, but rich in education as she is a very smart lady. But now she's releasing him to go on a trip w...more