Middle School Grade Fantasy
Date Published: December 2, 2021
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
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THE LAST DRAGONS IN THE KINGDOM WERE KILLED A HALF CENTURY AGO.
At least that’s what twelve-year-old Eliana has grown up hearing. Imagine her surprise when one morning in the forest she finds herself eye to eye with a young dragon. When she learns the dragon’s father has been missing since the last full moon, she vows to help.
Together, they seek the King for guidance, but upon reaching the castle they realize the short, frazzled King has problems of his own. The kingdom’s treasure is missing and the tribute to the Overking is due in a few short weeks. If the King doesn’t pay, he will lose his kingdom to the Overking’s feckless nephew.
The dragon and the girl must discover courage—sprinkled with magic—to find what is lost before the kingdom falls into the wrong hands and people and dragons perish forever.
Evans, Laura Findley. The Dragon and the Girl: True North. Illustrated by Ruth Hunter. Irvine, CA: Acorn Publishing, 2021.
Laura Findley Evans is a “new-to-me” author and I loved everything about True North. The main characters in the story are Winston (a young dragon) and Eliana (a young girl). Evans does a great job of introducing the characters and showing their feelings as they are both exposed to an unknown-to-them species. Winston and Eliana work together to find and free Winston’s missing father, while struggling with their feelings about having lied to their parents.
Her fantasy setting is well-developed and consistent throughout the story. Readers are able to visualize the setting due to the vivid descriptions Laura Findley Evans. The plot moves along nicely with enough twists to keep the reader interested. The book has many of the elements of a good fantasy – magical/mythical creatures, kings, castles, spells, a battle between good and evil, an epic journey, and of course dragons.
I enjoyed True North and look forward to reading more in Laura Findley Evans The Dragon and the Girl series.
True North would be a great addition to the fantasy section of a k-12 Christian school library. This fantasy novel is appropriate for upper elementary and older.
I received a complimentary copy of True North. This is my honest review.
About the Author – Laura Findley Evans
At six years old, Laura Findley Evans wrote her first story about a man named Brill who flew to the moon. When her teacher asked her to stand up and read it to the class, she learned just how powerful a story can be. A creative writing major in college, she has written many more short stories, some of which were published, and one that won an award. The Dragon and the Girl: Due North is her first novel. It began when her grandchildren said one night (when they were supposed to be sleeping), “Tell us a story.” And so she did. Laura would like you to know that whatever she writes must be true, whether it is real or not. She hopes you will discover the truth in this story. You can visit her online at http://www.LauraFindleyEvans.com.