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Tuesday, September 15
Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon
(Dragon Masters #1)
Written by Tracey West, illustrated by Graham Howells
My rating: ★★★★
Date of publication: August 26, 2014
Age: Grades 1 - 4
Themes: dragons, training, wizard, kingdom, friendship
Drake is surprised by a King's soldier at his family's farm, and learns that he must be taken to the castle to be trained as a Dragon Master. With three other young Dragon Masters-in-training—Ana, Rori, and Bo—they must learn how to connect with and train their dragons. They must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?
This turned out to be really awesome! I was skeptical at first—it does have a bit of a slow start—but now I'm eager to read the next one. Of course, that's because it leaves off with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Which is great for kids! Because, yay, read more books!
As for the finer details, everything is pretty simplified. There aren't complex characters or vocabulary, and the sentences are basic. While this does make the story drag a bit, it is, of course, helpful for those just delving into the world of chapter books. Still, I wish the author had given it a bit more life (she does better towards the end; maybe the other books carry that forward). So no, you aren't reading Harry Potter yet, but it's a good step towards that.
Other great readalikes would be How to Train Your Dragon, and Dragon Slayer's Academy. I'd definitely recommend it, especially as a stepping stone to harder chapter books.
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