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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tracey West's Dragon Masters series is a fun, adventure-packed story that merges a dragon-filled fantasy world with the realities of friendships and self-confidence that kids often face in school and life. The quests and battles against evil bring kids and their dragons together, and while each dragon master has to trust and communicate with his or her own dragon, the adults have to trust in the kids' abilities. The stories put kids in danger, but it's all age appropriate, and conflicts wrap up nicely with each story. Each book includes a teaser for the next book in the series, which will likely keep young readers interested in what's next.
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What's the story?
In the DRAGON MASTERS series, a magical Dragon Stone chooses a few lucky kids to live at King Rowland's castle as dragon trainers, then carefully matches the right dragon to each trainer. But as the dragon masters discover, that match is just the beginning. Each young trainer must connect with his or her dragon to discover its powers, and the connection never comes as easily or quickly as one might like. In the first book, while 8-year-old Drake struggles with his connection to Worm, his dragon, he's joined by fellow young trainers Rori, Bo, and Ana, who all face their own struggles. Throughout the series, the young dragon masters help new trainers fit in, building friendships and boosting one another's confidence while they fight evil forces.
Is it any good?
Filled with adventure, fun characters, and illustrations on every page, these fast-paced stories are great for young readers new to chapter books. The Dragon Masters series has battles galore, but the focus is on how the young dragon masters prepare, how they build relationships with one another and their own dragons, and how they support one another. The adults trust the young dragon masters as experts with their dragons, and teach the kids how to research in the library and learn about the evil they're battling, and to trust their instincts. The stories are packed with action, teach lessons about friendship and determination, and use words and phrases that will challenge but not overwhelm young readers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how hard the dragon masters work to keep a strong connection to their dragon. These relationships take effort and trust. How does that work in your own friendships?
How do you think the Dragon Stone decides which dragon goes to which master?
What other books mix dragons and kids together?
- Author: Tracey West
- Illustrator: Graham Howells
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication date: August 26, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 8
- Number of pages: 96
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 24, 2020
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