Life isn't exactly normal lodging at the Pennykettles - not when you're surrounded by hundreds of clay pottery dragons. Fate seems to be dictating an unusual course for David when his university tutor sets him a writing project on the existence - or not - of dragons. The tantalizing prize - a fully-funded research trip to the Arctic - seems just within his grasp. David starts to research the subject and soon discovers a connection between dragons and the Arctic just as it begins to snow. Is it only a coincidence? Or could deeper forces be at work? As David starts to uncover more about the dragons, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back to a time when dragons really did exist, and their secrets were guarded by the polar bears of the Arctic. If David is going to have any chance of winning the research trip, he has to open his mind to the legend of dragons and the mysterious secret of Icefire.
Chris d'Lacey is a hugely talented children's writer, whose first novel for older children, Fly, Cherokee Fly was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1999. This is his third Red Apple for Orchard. Chris loves animals and enjoys writing about them, his favourite animals being squirrels, polar bears, pigeons and cats. He lives in Leicester with his wife and manages to find time for a full-time scientific post at Leicester University, alongside his writing.