Hot Nights, Cool Dragons

Hot Nights, Cool Dragons

by Matt Zurbo

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Overview

Adventure and music intertwine in this fantasy story flush with hot city streets, stalking reptiles, and intoxicating jazz music. When Sassy Piero and her older brother Bobby hear the jazz music and decide to sneak out of their house to investigate the source, they meet a band called The Firebreakers. The band members, who are descendents of dragons, are a doorway into a magical new world, and Sassy must choose whether she wants to become a part of it. But to learn their music she must turn her back on her family and the world she knows. This supernatural story about choosing paths presents powerful themes of loyalty, community, and following dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781741141788
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date: 06/30/2006
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Matt Zurbo works in the forests of the Otway Ranges in Australia and is the author of Blow Kid, Blow; Flyboy and the Invisible; I Got a Rocket; and Idiot Pride. He has also worked as a comedian and radio presenter.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's late on a hot, sticky summer night, and Bobby and Sassy Piero are trying to find the people playing the jazz that's blowing on the wind. Bobby doesn't like jazz, but this time it's different, alive somehow. Plus, it's something to do. Sassy is hesitant to be wandering so far away from home, but brother and sister always travel together.

They find the musicians in and around an apartment building, in the shadows, on the fire escapes, in the street. When Mona begins to sing, Sassy's life changes. The musicians, the music itself takes hold of her soul. Life can never be the same for Sassy, not after the Firebreakers.

The Firebreakers are the jazz musicians, and they're dragons. Dragons that have human form, more or less. Sassy is hooked. Too bad they seem to have disappeared. Out of sight doesn't mean out of mind for Sassy, though. And when word of the Firebreakers starts to float around again, Sassy has a choice to make. One that might leave her brother behind, but might also be Sassy's destiny.

This book is about growing up, choosing your path, finding your dreams and following them. It's about having the courage to give in to your dream completely, letting it take over. It's about the people you leave behind, sometimes on accident. It's about what you take with you, and how you use it. It's about love and passion and strength and fear and all the things that make life so desperately beautiful and sad and terrifying and wonderful.

I have been looking for years for a book that reads the way music sounds. Silly me, I've been looking in non-fiction books about music. And while I've read some good and interesting books (though not necessarily both at the same time), and learned a lot about music, I've never quite found what I was looking for. Until now. The words slide off the page into your head like a drum beat, a bass riff, a trumpet solo. And the noise of the world seems a little bit different when you're inside this book. It doesn't matter if you don't like jazz, if you don't believe in dragons, or even if you don't like fantasy. This book takes you somewhere unbelievable and familiar at the same time. It feels like coming home to a place that you forgot about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's late on a hot, sticky summer night, and Bobby and Sassy Piero are trying to find the people playing the jazz that's blowing on the wind. Bobby doesn't like jazz, but this time it's different, alive somehow. Plus, it's something to do. Sassy is hesitant to be wandering so far away from home, but brother and sister always travel together. They find the musicians in and around an apartment building, in the shadows, on the fire escapes, in the street. When Mona begins to sing, Sassy's life changes. The musicians, the music itself takes hold of her soul. Life can never be the same for Sassy, not after the Firebreakers. The Firebreakers are the jazz musicians, and they're dragons. Dragons that have human form, more or less. Sassy is hooked. Too bad they seem to have disappeared. Out of sight doesn't mean out of mind for Sassy, though. And when word of the Firebreakers starts to float around again, Sassy has a choice to make. One that might leave her brother behind, but might also be Sassy's destiny. This book is about growing up, choosing your path, finding your dreams and following them. It's about having the courage to give in to your dream completely, letting it take over. It's about the people you leave behind, sometimes on accident. It's about what you take with you, and how you use it. It's about love and passion and strength and fear and all the things that make life so desperately beautiful and sad and terrifying and wonderful. I have been looking for years for a book that reads the way music sounds. Silly me, I've been looking in non-fiction books about music. And while I've read some good and interesting books (though not necessarily both at the same time), and learned a lot about music, I've never quite found what I was looking for. Until now. The words slide off the page into your head like a drum beat, a bass riff, a trumpet solo. And the noise of the world seems a little bit different when you're inside this book. It doesn't matter if you don't like jazz, if you don't believe in dragons, or even if you don't like fantasy. This book takes you somewhere unbelievable and familiar at the same time. It feels like coming home to a place that you forgot about. **Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman