While visiting her father in rural Oklahoma, twelve-year-old Myra Goodfellow finds a baby dragon from Kasan, the home planet of the Guardian Dragons of Earth. When she and the boy next door accidentally dream travel to Kasan, they must protect the baby dragon from the Red World Society, a secret alien group determined to rule both Kasan and Earth.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From the setting to the characters this story is a very adequate read for upper elementary and middle school readers. The beginning of the story is detailed and develops an aire of mystery. What we come to find in the mysterious woods takes the readers immediately from possible reality to fantasy. Any reader who has a taste for dragons and alternate worlds will find this story interesting and entertaining. The cast of characters are vibrant and have enough substance to keep a younger reader enthralled in the story line. Both male and female readers can become Aiden or Myra, the two main characters in the story. In the Secret of the Crystal Dragon the reader can assume the persona of either protagonist-this is what sets this story apart from others. Most short stories or novels have one hero and a sidekick, like in Harry Potter, but here at least in this first book it seems that both are neck at neck for a possible hero to this tale. Of course, with any good story there is more to unfold in book two. Will Myra hold the archetype hero role or will Aiden become the dominant hero? I look forward to the continuation of the adventures Myra, Aidnen, and the rest of the characters will embark upon soon. This book has enough action and adventure for the intended reader. As an ex-school teacher, I would totally recommend this to my students.~M.R. Espinola
This is such a cool concept for a story. Two main protagonists, Myra and Aiden find a dragon egg on Earth and, hours later, they are transported to the world of Kasan where dragons are the norm. Once they arrive, it appears that everyone wants to capture the baby dragon, affectionately called Baby by Myra, and it is up to Myra and Aiden to protect Baby from the ‘bad guys’. Secret of the Crystal Dragon is a wonderful fantasy for kids who love action and adventure. At times there is a sort of ‘back and forth’ in the plot, but overall, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced read, brimming with bad guys, not-so bad guys and our action heroes… not to mention there’s a delicious twist at the end that will leave readers wanting more.
Reviewed by Dianne Bylo for Readers' Favorite "Secret of the Crystal Dragon" by Paula Blais Gorgas is a delightful fantasy about two worlds whose histories have been closely tied together since the beginning of man’s time on Earth. Myra Goodfellow, now twelve, has heard the stories of the Dreamkeeper and a place called Kasan where the Dragon People lived since she was very young. Of course Myra knew these were make-believe, that is until one day when she finds a dragon egg in the woods! With her new friend Aiden, they discover a special connection to the baby dragon and dream-travel to the world of Kasan, home of the Guardian Dragons of Earth. Myra must protect ‘Baby’ from the Red World Society, an alien group trying to take over both Kasan and Earth, while learning to put her trust in others and still find a way back home. Can she save the dragon and find its mother? Is this the beginning of some hidden destiny for Myra? Myra’s struggles with her parents’ divorce, her sense of loss and betrayal, as well as her mannerisms and speech are very realistic for a twelve-year-old girl. In creating a world closely paralleling life on Earth, Paula Blais Gorgas has made “Secret of the Crystal Dragon” an easy to understand read for younger children, while still be entertaining for adults with vivid descriptions and constant action. I was captivated throughout and strongly recommend this book to younger readers with its positive outlook and fast-paced plot! A perfect chapter book!