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The Dragon of Never-Was (Hatching Magic #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  331 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Ever since she was caught up in a magical whirlwind of dragons, spells, and wizards, Theodora Oglethorpe has been doing her best to put the Events of Last Summer behind her and go back to her life as a normal twelve-year-old girl. But no matter how hard she tries to forget about magic, it always seems to find her -- even when she's on vacation! When Theodora's biologist-da ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books (first published June 27th 2006)
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May 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
I've reread the first like three did I not know this?!
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must start by saying I had no idea this was the second book in a series when I picked it up at the library. Nowhere on the cover does it indicate it's part of a series at all. But I had no problem figuring out characters, and the references to previous incidents weren't bothersome, and actually made me curious enough to reserve the first book :).

I never summarize plot in reviews, so let's just say in this well-written middle grade novel you'll find magic, dragons, a mystery, quirky characters,
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Theodora and her father have gone to Scotland. Her father is a famous scientist and will be studying a mysterious scale from an unknown animal. While out adventuring, Theodora discovers a ghost dog and she calls him William. Electra comes along later to brighten the way.

Reasons why I liked this book-

Reason 1- There is adventure and magic.

Reason 2- There is the ghost dog William.

Reason 3- I could imagine what was happening.
Hunter Hartel
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, I may not of finished it but I got through a decent chunk of it. I liked how it switched character to character throughout the story, to show you more of whats going on. I mainly liked it because it was the first sequel I have read. I have seen many sequels to movies and well they aren't as good as the first. In this book though it was as good, if not better than the first one. This is my review on this book, to an extent of knowledge.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. My daughter and I both liked it. We are hoping that there will be more books in the series.
A nice, solid sequel to the original Hatching Magic. Both of the Hatching Magic series (which seems to hint at a continuation, but so far there appear to be just the two...) would be a good series for someone who likes the Harry Potter books. Kudos to Ms. Downer for also having a strongly multi-cultural cast and a nice gender balance. It's a nice refreshing change to have a character refer to becoming an engineer "like my Aunt Jane."
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, dragons
With a little not-so-subtle help from some witches, 12-year-old Theodora travels to Cornwall to be with her father, the acknowledged expert on the mysterious scale that fell during the first book. Unfortunately for all concerned, the trip is a trap, and little Theodora has a difficult time ahead of her as she works to make things right.

I enjoyed this story, but it has a darker twist and deeper meanings than most children's books. It can also be confusing and difficult to follow, with too many c
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
great book that almost instantly got me hooked! Though slightly confusing with what I thought was a slightly rushed ending. I enjoyed the characters and it was truly a fun fantasy tale. I must say that overall it was a goodread. (For any of you thinking of reading this, be aware that this is the sequel to a book called 'Hatching Magic,' so make sure you read that one before this one.)

both book in this series can be located at the Notheast Harbor Library.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think that if Ann Downer described the vibe that Theodora had when she met the dragon, the ending would have had more tension. I felt that when Theodora save Colin from the dragon she had done it as if she had thought about it before. It was a choice for neither someone he knew or cared about, so I thought that Ann Downer could have sort of collected Theodora's thoughts throughout the story and then explained her sudden reaction.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
The 2nd in the series but I couldn't follow it well. Either tired or got interrupted too many times. Now that her father is an expert on dragon scales Theodora goes with him to Scotland to look at a possible scale. However, it is a trick to get Theo there to destroy her before she grows into her magic ability. OK, so far. Where I lost it somehow was in the Never-Was.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff-reading
A very compelling read. Is a young teen growing story. It ends without superficial solutions fixing everything at the end of the story nor with a desperate cliff hanger (as if that were the only way to compel readers to stay). Main character is sympathetic and reasonable enough that I don't mind allowing her space in my thoughts.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons
Another in the ongoing read-a-thon for Dragon Storytime in January. it's the second in what will be a series. Lots of interesting plot twists, but ending came a little too fast. Twelve year old heroine coming of age into strong magical power; enemies seeking to stop her. Really cool character is ghost dog Uilleam who only she can see.
Sep 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is the sequel to Hatching Magic, and the author constantly refers to things in that book, so if you've not read it, it's immensely frustrating. It's about finding a dragon in Scotland, and it is excrutiatingly slow to develop. It leaves me feeling rather like a Scottish winter: cold, dead, grey, and wishing for some intensity and fire.

Jennifer Heise
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not at all bad, despite being one of those 'randomly transplanted to the British Isles' sequels. Not as good as Hatching Magic, but there are strong sympathetic adult characters, traces of mystery, helpful animals and a (mostly) solid plotline. At my advanced age, parts of the plot seemed contrived but there were definitely surprises.
Sooz Anzalone
This book helped flesh out the character of DoDo, the teenage protagonist. Although she still complained about her friends being too busy to hang out with her, she seems well adapted to adventure.
I will read more from this author definitely.
Bill Tillman
Great second book, is there a third?
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked it. Great for middle grade readers. Gets a pg rating!
Julia Hu
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
great sequel to hatching magic. luv this series!!!
Elisheva Rina
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
2.43 stars
Not as good as Diana Wynne Jones--not as much humor, and the characters are kind of boring.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
didn't like this one as much as hatching magic... i'm going to have to read it again to see if it has grown on me. started out really well, but...
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, myth, quest, sad
Nearly as good as the first book
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Oct 06, 2008 rated it liked it
See Hatching Magic review
Aug 04, 2008 is currently reading it
Just started reading it, and it is quite good so far
May 26, 2010 marked it as to-read
I didn't know this even existed! Thanks to Goodreads, I do know.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Good for all who enjoy fantasy and magic.
gilbert torres
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
it was simply brillanltny i loved this book because it was magicail and the plot was some mixed and the details it made me fell like i was reading harry potter or harry plotter
rated it it was amazing
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