Friday, February 12, 2016

A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep, Joanne Ryder, Mary GrandPre (Illustrated by)

Trying to raise a human is hard.  You can't really treat them like a pet because they have a mind of their own and they don't like being told what to do.  But it's her job to protect the little one.  Her grandfather is trying to kidnap her and Miss Drake and her mother are not going to let that happen!

Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.

This is a great read.  Not only does have her own personal dragon who can shapeshift, she's going to a school with magical creatures.  She's not magical but she's not afraid of magic.  She's even making friends with most of the students.  Of course, there's one girl who doesn't like her but that's life.  It doesn't take long until that comes to a head, too.  Right in front of the whole class during a stage performance.  The principal is not at all happy and assigns them to each other for a week.  When they both protest, she makes it two.  They will make up and they will get along.  There is no other choice...

In the meantime, her grandfather has found her again and he's trying to grab her and take to his home.  She doesn't want to go.  Especially when she finds out she'll lose her dragon and forget her school and will become just a regular person.  Who wants to be normal?

My favorite part of the story is where she decides to settle the issue with grandfather herself and goes to meet him in his hotel room.  She talks back, she reasons with him, and she finds his soft spot.  When Miss Drake and her mother burst into the room, it's already been settled.

This is a cool story with a happy ending.  I like those kind of stories and think you will have fun reading this one, too.

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