We need diverse fantasy, too! Kids of color need to see themselves in fantasy and feel that magic can happen to everybody.
Reviewer favorite! Zetta Elliott’s books have been ALA Notables, made multiple Bank Street lists, and won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award for new talent. She’s also a contributor to the anthology We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices from Crown Books for Young Readers.
Teases to the sequel: Includes an excerpt of The Dragon Thief, which pubs with this paperback.
Brooklyn setting! Readers will discover that magic can pop up even in daily life in the city.
Wonderful diverse characters! Jaxon is African American; his friends are Indian American. Kids will relate to Jaxon and root for the adorable baby dragons in his care.
#ownvoices: Zetta Elliott is a black feminist writer, a Black Studies professor, and an advocate for diversity in publishing. Also features black-and white illustrations by African American illustrator Geneva B.
"What a breath of fresh air: a chapter-book fantasy with an urban setting, an array of brown-skinned magic wielders, and a lovable black protagonist readers will root for and sympathize with... Good, solid fantasy fun."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Elliott skillfully introduces themes about creating positive change, examines issues of othering and the fear of differences, and touches upon the complexities of family, gentrification, and segregation. A promising start to a new series..."—School Library Journal, starred review
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