About the Book
Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)
Author: J.A. Blackburn
Publication Date: October 19, 2013
Publisher: Pip & Grey
Number of pages: 242
Recommended age: 10+
For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .
Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.
What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.
* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *
Authors work diligently to create the best first sentence or opening paragraph of a book, and Blackburn has certainly created a book that easily brings the reader into her world. Furthermore, writers who can create worlds in which to escape must use detail and description, like ’87 Pontiac.
Peter begins the book with a new discovery about him, via a letter from his mother which is delivered by his uncle Dominick. Peter learns, on his 12th birthday, that he’s a member of DDL and comes from a long line of Dragon Defenders.
Peter and the plot develop as he goes to Mexico for a his first DDl mis-adventure adventure where the reader sees Peter follow through his DDL heritage. This novel isn’t just “action-packed,” but it’s a well written experience with a world of Dragon Defenders where Peter learns how to rely on himself to become a protector. Also, not only is Peter a well developed main character but also the secondary characters are well developed and integrated into the plot. I really enjoy middle age literature, and Dragon Defender is a really excellent reader. I can only imagine how young readers, especially those who enjoy adventure, dragons, and history, would fly right through this novel. I highly recommend – this is a great read!
More Buzz About the Book
“We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon
“Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon
“Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon
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About the Author: J.A. Blackburn
J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.
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Dragon Defender Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)
The Dragyn’s Lair (Dual Reviews)
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Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Author Interview)
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Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)
Word Magic: Articles & Tips for Authors (Review)
Identity Discovery (Guest Post)
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Great review Brittany! I agree that the author has done a great job of writing a book with her target audience clearly in mind. I can really see how the most reluctant reader would fly through this book. Even the cover draws you in. Thanks so much for hosting a stop in the Dragon Defender Blog Tour.
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