The Dragon Thief (Dragons in a Bag, book 2) by Zetta Elliott.

The Dragon Thief (Dragons in a Bag, book 2) by Zetta Elliott. Yearling, 2021. 9781524770525

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Kavita has stolen a young dragon in the care of her brother Vik and his friend Jaxon. Alternating between her voice and Jaxon’s, the story weaves together different generations of magic-wielding family members (along with talking rats and squirrels), as they search for the dragon and figure out how to return it to the magical realm that is its home. It’s set in Brooklyn and has a decidedly modern urban feel. The characters are mainly Black and Indian-American, and there are nods to topical issues, such as murder, divorce, slavery and bullying. The short length (168 pages) and occasional black and white illustrations will appeal to early elementary readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Recommend reading the books in sequence. There is no recap to reference in order to understand the world building that must have taken place in book 1.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 8-10 – a solid next read for kids who are ready to step up to a longer book after the Kingdom of Wrenly series.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: February 27, 2021

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