the dragon of the month club

the dragon of the month club

by Iain Reading


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ISBN-13: 9781505633665
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2014
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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the dragon of the month club 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
hermitlibrarian More than 1 year ago
Rating:  3.5 Stars With the goofy looks on those dragons faces and the fact that I'd very much at least entertain the notion of having a pet one (before realizing how very bad an idea that would be), I had to read The Dragon of the Month Club, a middle grade novel by Ian Reading in which Ayana and Tyler find themselves in possession of the ability to summon dragons, some inspired by the holidays.  Of course, what would the fun of it all be without a little mischief and mayhem? The dragons themselves aside, things go awry when a spell goes wrong and they find themselves book hopping, sucked into the worlds of the books that Tyler has in his room. It's a bewildering adventure that could easily be a mini-series or Disney epic adventure on Saturday afternoons. While some avenues might classify this as a young adult, and I certainly wouldn't discourage young adults from reading it, I'd probably nudge this more towards middle grade for shelving purposes in terms of the voice of the book. Ayana and Tyler, the way they interacted and moved through their story, it seems to fit better in middle grade. Visually I think you can really get a grasp on what the dragons might be like when they appear to the conjurers. If this got a special edition I would have loved to see pop-up portions or something like that to really highlight their characteristics. It was fun imagining their natures and what they were like in our world, with these two kids that said some words and pop! Here there be dragons! Now, there are a lot of characters in this book aside from the two main ones, especially once they get to book hopping. That makes things a bit muddy in a sense towards the middle, but I didn't mind it terribly. I've seen worse examples of huge casts crammed into tiny spaces and I think the author in this case handled them pretty well. Readers of The Dragon of the Month Club might in the future like to check out The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, beginning with So You Want to be a Wizard.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
This was so fun. There be dragons! Just look at that fun cover. A girl tormented by a bully hides in an old part of the library. She meets a lonely boy. Now they’re best friends. One day they come upon a strange little book about conjuring dragons. Why not try it? Practice makes perfect and soon they’ve conjured their first, a water dragon, which proceeds to soak everything. They practice some more. But, one conjuring goes wrong and they are sucked out of their world and dropped into a magical one. They have to traverse many strange places to get back home. And not everything they encounter is friendly. I instantly liked Ayana and Tyler. Their friendship is fun and refreshing to read about. They are brave for each other and both need the other. There’s this one scene with a wish tree. Taylor’s wish is just too sweet. And the dragons. There’s all kinds. Big and little. I think I’m partial to Vapor, the steam dragon. He sneezes steam. And Dune Buggy, the sand dragon. He’s like a large puppy. So eager to please. There’s also another one I’d love to see come to life. A paper dragon. Can you guess what he comes from? An origami dragon. That must be something to see. The perils these kids face are real. Sharks try to eat them as they cross the ocean on Mongo, a pearangorine tree dragon. And the Great Red-Legged Scissor-Man, a creepy character from German folklore, continues to pursue them, brandishing his giant scissors. Anyone, young or old, with a love for adventure, fantasy and dragons will have quite the adventure themselves while reading this book. The only thing that could have made this book better is if there had been colorful illustrations. That would have been thrilling. Highly recommend it.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
One look at the cover and it makes you think that this is a kiddie book, but the saying; "Don't judge a book by its cover" rings true here. Ayana and Tyler stumble upon a book sitting on a dusty shelf in the library that changes their lives as the book is all about how to summon dragons. However, they screw up and something magical happens, and they are transported to a different world that is full of adventure. This delightful read captures the imagination and keeps you turning the pages. {I requested a copy of this book for reviewing purposes and made no guarantees of a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
In the ‘The Dragon of the Month club’ Ayana and Tyler meet at the back of a library and discover a dusty old book that changes everything. This ‘book about books’ will certainly appeal to young bookworms but it has enough variety and excitement to engage reluctant readers as well. The plot is superb and not at all what I anticipated. There were several ‘I wasn’t expecting that!’ moments. It is a real page turner, perfectly paced and packed with vivid descriptions. As you accompany the friends on their journey (with several adorable dragons in tow of course just to make it even more exciting) you really cannot predict what will happen next in the cleverly constructed fantasy worlds. The dynamics of the boy/girl friendship work well but it was the dragons that really did it for me. I loved them! My only reservation relates to the age group this would appeal to. I found it difficult to put an age on the main characters and was worried that it fell somewhere between Middle Grade and Young Adult. Having finished the book I think it may appeal to ‘tweenies’ who are not quite ready for a gritty Young Adult novel but who want something a bit edgier than they are used to. There is some vocabulary and a few scary scenes that some parents may not feel are suitable for very young children but I fully intend sharing it with my 10 year and I’m sure that she will love it as much as I did. I can’t wait for the next one – hope we don’t have to wait too long. Reviewed by Sharon at Whispering Stories Book Blog
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Based on the title, The Dragon of the Month Club, my first impression was “this is going to be a silly kid’s book,” I am thrilled to say, I was wrong! I accepted this book, in exchange for an honest review; I decided it would be a book to share with my 10 year old daughter; being a mini nerd like me, she loves fantasy, and dragons! We have shared a nightly “story time” routine since she was 2; and yes, we still do this at age 10, only now, we share the reading. Thanks to Ian’s exceptional writing, my daughter wants to start reading earlier now; this doesn’t mean an earlier bedtime, but a longer reading session. She could not wait to get back into Ayana and Tyler’s adventure! The characters were well developed, and imagery was superb. The Dragon of the Month Club brought several classic children’s novels and today’s popular movies together, creating a perfect marriage. All the elements of a great children’s book were multiplied times 10 in this book; there were many different adventures in one book, I feel like I read several books at once! I highly recommend this book to all readers, both young and older. From a teacher’s point of view, I can easily see The Dragon of the Month Club as an excellent late elementary or early middle school English project. I plan to create an entire Units worth of lessons from this book; there’s fantasy/reality, compare/contrast, and several analytical aspects to be studied with this book. To be more specific, from an English teacher’s point of view, there are so many vocabulary building benefits of this book as well. My daughter is reading at a 6th grade level and she really enjoyed this book, she found it easy to read and enjoyed the occasional challenge in reading. The “higher level” words were place perfectly within the story, allowing the young reader to maintain confidence, while learning new vocabulary through content clues. As a bonus to this review, I asked my daughter what she thought of this book. From a 10 year old girl’s point of view, The Dragon of the Month Club “was very exciting and I really liked Ayana. I really liked the adventures and want to read more books like this one!” She did say she wishes there were a few pictures in the book, and wants me to get a “real” (hard copy) book so she can read it again. As a teacher and mother, I feel 5+ Boundless stars to be a fair rating; and my 10 year old completely agrees!....Beth
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank author Iain Reading for a copy of this book to review. Though I received this book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. This is a fantastic book, and not just for middle school readers! The characters of Ayana and Tyler are sweet, engaging, and very realistic. Possibly a bit naive, but then again maybe not. Tyler is from Medicine Hat, Alberta, while Ayana hails from Vancouver. The two cities, if one can call Medicine Hat a city, are nothing alike. Aside from sheer scale, Vancouver has mountains, forests, and rivers to spare, while Medicine Hat has dry prairie land. That's it, just dry prairie as far as the eye can see. Or at least in Ayana's eyes, though Tyler probably wouldn't put up much of an argument. But now Ayana lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta too. And she's not happy about it. Now she's stuck in a podunk town, starting over in a new school. Ayana and Tyler meet in the library. They become best friends, and find a magical book. A book about dragons. They conjure their first dragon and can't believe it when a dragon actually appears. Pretty soon all their time revolves around magical dragons. Soon they are members of a mysterious, but awesome, dragon of the month club. Every month they anxiously await the arrival of the instructions for their newest dragon. But they don't always have the necessary ingredients to create that month's dragon, so sometimes they have to wait for what feels like forever before they get a dragon they can conjure. They're always very careful when conjuring their dragons, because that's just the way they are. Well, actually, Tyler is more cautious and careful while Ayana is more spontaneous and daring. But neither one wants to mess up a spell, or find out what the mysterious warnings could mean. Because there are warnings about being very careful and precise when conjuring a dragon. If you do the wrong thing at the wrong point. . . well just don't. But one day, despite their best efforts, something happens. They conjure their dragon, but are all sucked into a strange vortex. They discover that they're still in Tyler's room, but everything has changed. Now they must find a way to return to normal and fast! All of their adventures revolve around the books they step into, books that were open in Tyler's room. From Chinese proverbs, to German fairytales, to Sherlock Holmes; the two friends and their dragons must travel through all these and more in search of a way back to their world. As they travel through each different story they learn something new, even if they're not yet aware of it. The characters are so well thought out, so beautifully created, that you simply can't help but enjoy the ride with them. As they travel through other stories their experiences remain true to the story they've stepped into, granting them access to information and experiences most only dream about. Though the beginning of their story is a bit slower before the arrival of their first dragon, it is widely used to give both of them background and depth. The pacing of this story is right on, and will be sure to keep anyone's attention, no matter how long or short that span may be. This book is a winner for any and all readers, regardless of age. Go, get your hands on this book now - but make sure you've got some time for reading, because once you start you won't want to stop until it ends. And then you'll only stop because there are no more words on the page!
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
It reminded me of The Neverending Story with the how-to-conquer-your-dragon book being found by accident as they were hiding from bullies in the book stacks. (Atreyu anyone?) Start aside though, that's where the similarities end. The two stars of our show get to work on creating their first little dragon with skeptical hearts but by night's end, they are beyond amazed and anxious to try again. Could you blame them? The little Water Dragon they create is adorable, except when he makes a HUGE mess by dowsing everything in site...then again they are warned to have towels at the ready, not just one. Anywho, the magic begins with the friendship and the spell, continues with their inauguration into the club, and builds as their skills grow...until one day, something goes awry. The consequences of their spell gone wrong are beyond what any warning could have advised nor their imaginations conjured, and it lands them somewhere beyond belief. To escape, they must work together utilizing all their skills and book knowledge to reach the one with all the answers. Question is when they get there, will they TRULY have those answers and if so, will they be willing to share? Only time will tell...too bad they don't have much of it to spare. There is magic, dragon conjuring, secret clubs, and books-come-to-life to explore, but the coolest part to me isn't about all of the fantasy aspects. It's the dose of reality that still shines through from its pages and warms my heart that really makes it stand out. It all started with Ayana and Tyler's first meeting in the library as she was escaping that group of mean girls. Their connection was instantaneous as was the knowledge that they'd be lifelong friends. Tyler's desire to do anything to make her smile and relieve her worries grows and their friendship deepens. By the time we get to the Wishing Tree, we find we aren't surprised by his selflessness but smiling from ear to ear at the true-ness of his heart...or at least I was. ^-^ Now I know I've been going on about Tyler, but what of Ayana? Well now, it's not that she's not emotive but she IS much more of a locked box thanks to the life fate has dealt her. She's not bad off but in the family department, it's been no walk on the beach, so to read her heart it takes a bit longer. When it does open though, you can see the gentleness of spirit (despite her amazing accuracy and aggression when throwing fruit at sharks), the desire to believe good in all things (perfect example, the further comment), and the loyalty to those she holds dear all residing in perfect harmony. She's a tough cookie but with the melty center. In conclusion, a curious adventure through the pages in more ways than one. **review copy received in exchange for my honest review, full post can be seen on my site**
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Dragon Of The Month Club by Iain Reading is a young adult fantasy about an exclusive club. When best friends Ayana and Tyler join the club, they are given access to dragon conjuring spells and spend their time trying to conjure the newest dragon of the month. But when the spell backfires, Ayana and Tyler are launched into different worlds inspired by the books strewn across Tyler's bedroom. Ayana and Tyler face German folk stories and more classical tales. In order to return home, Ayana and Tyler must work with each other and the powerful conjured dragons if they ever want to leave the books and go home. This is a very interesting story that will appeal to fantasy readers. There are a number of interesting dragon characters within the story like Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons and special holiday dragons like the Christmas Holly dragon. But this story will also appeal to fans of literature and die hard readers. People who love good classic stories and look forward to seeing those stories come to life, re-imagined in a contemporary way. This is a fun, wild, wacky ride that takes two lovable characters and puts them into a weird and fantastical situation. Readers will love the magical elements of this story as well as the great references to classic books and literature that should be honored like it is in this tale.
DeviNair More than 1 year ago
When the target is YA, the story has to be fascinating and engaging. DOTMC covers these aspects nicely. The story is about two 7 year old who get stuck in book world. The book is first part of a series and therefore, is left on a cliff hanger. Ayana and Tyler are average 7 year old who came together by chance and became good friends. Then they come across a book, which gives spells to conjure dragon. The book is about how they conjure new dragons every month and suddenly, due to a mishap, they find themselves in the world of books in Tyler’s bedroom. The book feels more of Middle grade than Young Adult. The story is sweet and nice. The merging of various books, some imaginary and some existing books, into the original book was truly beautiful. The characters are sweet and the friendship between them is adorable. The book would be an amazing read for pre-teens and early teenagers.