Thrills, heart, and Indian sweets are plentiful in this magical tale, where kids try to restore the balance between Brooklyn and the world of magic. It's been severely disrupted since Kavita, Vik's little sister, aka The Dragon Thief, kept a baby dragon as a pet instead of letting Jaxon return it to the world of magic in Book 1. Jaxon and Kavita take turns narrating their efforts to put things to rights, and Geneva B's plentiful illustrations bring the characters and their surroundings to life. Many things go wrong, perils are plentiful, but friendship, family, kindness and empathy carry the day. As does the attitude of hero and magical apprentice Jaxon, whose own quest seems to keep taking him to some pretty strange situations, and who's decided to just roll with it.
"A week ago, a talking pigeon would have freaked me out. But over the past few days, I've encountered a very determined squirrel, actual dinosaurs, a talking rat, and three baby dragons. I'm learning to take it all in stride.
"'Sorry,' I say to the pigeon. 'I guess I wasn't looking where I was going.'"