Review of The Dragon Thief

The Dragon Thief
by Zetta Elliott; illus. by Geneva B
Primary, Intermediate    Random    170 pp.    g
10/19    978-1-5247-7049-5    $16.99
Library ed.  978-1-5247-7050-1    $19.99
e-book ed.  978-1-5247-7051-8    $9.99

According to Aunty, "every problem has a solution." But what if your problem is a dragon that won't stop growing? This sequel to Dragons in a Bag (rev. 9/18) alternates between Jaxon, the previous book's protagonist, and Kavita, sister of Jaxon's best friend Vikram. After she steals a dragon from Jaxon ("I just wanted one for myself — and Jaxon had three!"), Kavita has that very problem. She soon learns that there is a gate that will get the dragon back home to the realm of magic — but the gate is open for only a short period of time. In another part of the city, Jaxon and Vikram are looking for Kavita so they can get the dragon back. Will they do it in time? If not, what will happen to the balance of this world and the realm of magic? This quick-paced, suspenseful, and entertaining sequel leaves readers ready for Kavita, Jaxon, and Vikram's next adventure. Final art not seen.

From the November/December 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Nicholl Denice Montgomery

Nicholl Denice Montgomery is currently working on a PhD at Boston College in the curriculum and instruction department. Previously, she worked as an English teacher with Boston Public Schools.

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