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Zinnen, Linda.
New York : HarperCollins, 2004
IL 3.6, RL 6.3
ISBN 0060000228
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Twelve-year old John Salt thinks he's the luckiest kid in Ohio.  Not only does he get to care for nine baby dragons, he is also recording his observations for his hero, a noted Chinese biologist.  When Salt's parents leave him in the care of his cosmetologist aunt Mary Athena, he begins to suspect his beloved dragons may be in danger. He sets out to save them with the unlikely assistance from his least favorite person in the world, Candi Clark. Things get complicated when his Aunt's cosmetic experiment backfires and she begins to turn into a dragon, a dragon that needs human DNA to reverse the effects.  Following Salt and Candi to the end of their adventure proves both exciting and humorous.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Dragons -- Fiction.
                        Wildlife refuges -- Fiction.
                        Cosmetics industry -- Fiction.
                        Aunts -- Fiction.
                        Ohio -- Fiction.

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