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Dragons in a Bag, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.

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Is It Any Good?

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This exciting adventure is full of engaging characters and lots of imagination. Dragons in a Bag launches the story of 9-year-old Brooklyn boy Jaxon, who discovers that the magical world has a job for him, if he wants to take it on and can deal with a strange old lady who's very definitely not his grandma. Created by author Zetta Elliott, who wanted to write a magical tale for Black kids who don't see people who look like them in fantasy stories, it continues in Book 2, The Dragon Thief. But here's where it all starts:

"'Your mama really didn't tell you nothin' 'bout me?' Ma asks finally.

"'No, ma'am,' I say truthfully.

"Ma grunts. 'You got nice manners, I'll give you that,' she says. Then she sighs and leans heavily on her cane -- so heavily I worry it might snap in two.

"'What you need to know, Jax, is ... I'm a witch.'"

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