A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
City of Dragons is set in Hong Kong and features creatures out of Chinese mythology.
Kids should be proud of their family backgrounds and not tolerate teasing about "mixed blood." Myth and folklore are important parts of modern culture.
Positive Role Models
Grace misses her dead father terribly, and has few friends in Hong Kong. When she becomes the guardian of a baby water dragon, Grace accepts the help of kids from her high school as they learn about Nate and work to protect him. The kids squabble, but they prove to be brave, resourceful, and loyal.
The cast of characters is very diverse. Grace's father is Chinese American, and her mother is White. The chief villain is White, and his second-in-command is Asian. Grace's friends are White, South Asian, and Black. Grace is bullied about being a "half-breed," but the story underscores the positive value of being mixed race. Grace learns that she has literally magic blood, which allows her to communicate with dragons.
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Violence & Scariness
A villain holds the kids at gunpoint but is foiled by a rubber band. A villain transforms into a monster that attacks Grace and her friends during a violent storm. There's no bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An old man remembers nights in the arms of his true love.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An old man drinks alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm is a fantasy graphic novel set in modern-day Hong Kong, written and illustrated by Jaimal Yogis and Vivian Truong. While exploring the marketplace, the tween main character named Grace is given a gem-like dragon's egg, which hatches overnight. Grace names the creature -- a baby water dragon -- Nate. There's a small amount of violence -- chases, threats with guns, monster transformation. An old man drinks alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Dragons play an important role in Chinese folklore, and this engaging graphic novel captures their magic and majesty. With City of Dragons, Jaimal Yogis and Vivian Truong concoct a lively adventure full of magic and intrigue. Grace is an appealing main character, and she's surrounded by a diverse group of friends. Comics fans will find much to enjoy here, and there are hints of future volumes.
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