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Thursday 5 September 2019

Review: The Secret Dragon

Eleven-year-old Mari Jones is a fossil hunter. She loves everything about fossils and happily spends all her free time hunting and studying them. 

But when she discovers something that is not quite a fossil, her usual study methods are just not going to cut it, because what she discovers is alive!

What she discovers is a dragon! 

The Secret Dragon is a fantastic junior novel about friendship, empathy and finding your place in the world.

Mari thinks she knows who she is. She’s a bit of a loner, she doesn’t get along with her mum, she deeply misses her father and she cares more for animals of the past than flying, breathing creatures in the now.

Everything she thinks she knows about herself and her family is challenged when the secret dragon appears in her life. 

She learns big lessons, like what’s truly important, and in doing so grows into the young girl she’s meant to be. 

This is an enchanting coming of age story entwined with a fantastical tale of the re-emergence of dragons. It’s the first book in a series that’s sure to be a hit with young dragon fans. 

Title: The Secret Dragon 
Author: Ed Clarke
Publisher: Penguin, $16.99
Publication Date: 6 August 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241360514
For ages: 7 - 11
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction