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+
Summary (Amazon):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 *
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5
Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Received the ebook as part of a
blog tour for an honest review
cover is fun and totally attracts the dragon lovers who are looking for a fun
is the first book in the series, and the book started a little slow but didn’t
last long. I read this book straight
through without stopping. Only problem
now is I want more, and I have to wait.
book is a fantastic adventure. Can you
imagine being a twelve year old kid and finding out dragons are real? Oh, and by the way, it is your job to protect
them because it is your family’s duty.
Wow is all I can say. Peter is the
main character, and he is a loner who doesn’t have friends. He spends his time alone working on
robots. His world is changed by his
Uncle Dominic. Peter has to learn to be
self reliant and figure out how to solve the problems as they come. You are easily sucked into Peter’s life and
adventure. I loved every minute of
reading it :) It is very well written,
and this is an author I’m definitely going to keep an eye on.
think I’m going to try to get my son to read this book. I think the dragons will hook him, and we may
have to read it together. This is a
great adventure to read with your twelve year old girl or boy. I can’t wait until next book comes out :)
highly recommend to all my dragon lovers out there who love adventures.
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