Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on September 6th 2016
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A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.
George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?
For the past 3 years, your obsession has been dragons. If it has wings and breathes fire, it’s fair game. You must have watched How to Train Your Dragon 100 times in the past year. You can name all different types, and the dragons cover your bed. Anytime anyone says the word dragon, you’re all ears and ready to discuss.
Your journal entries and books you write at school are all tales of dragon friends. The back of your homework is covered with diligent Charmanders sitting behind desks, learning. Just like you.
You’ve got a waiting list for your magic spray that you want to create that will bring your dragons to life.
You’re in first grade now, and you’re six and a half years old. You’re at that point where you’re no longer a baby, but you haven’t yet made it into the tween years. Everything is magic and the possibilities stretch endlessly before you. You care about feelings and justice and the ways we interact with our environment. If you ruled the word, everyone would be kind and stop hurting one another.
There’s something mystical about how you use your love of dragons to draw in your friends and create intricate games and circles of companionship. You’ve engaged your friends in being the parents of hatchlings and explored what it would be like to be a dragon. Your personality brings out the imagination in others and takes them through the worlds you’ve created and hold dear.
As you begin to navigate the rest of your life, you’ll find there are people who want you to focus on the differences you see in humanity. They’ll insist that the things that make you different from other people create wide chasms that cannot be crossed. Those who are different from you are like dragons—enemies that must be vanquished.
But, you know better. You know that dragons are often misunderstood. Dragons can be loyal, kind, and friendly. They have families that look like yours and ones that don’t. You know that dragons are important and should be protected and loved.
No matter what happens, keep writing letters to dragons and creating connections with everyone you meet. Don’t lose sight of the things that make you similar to those around you and recognize and celebrate the differences. And don’t forget about the dragons.
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