Jonah and the Last Great Dragon:
. . .Legend of the Heart Eaters
Our Street Books
149 Pages Ages: 8 to 12
Back Cover: On the first morning of Jonah Drake’s summer holiday on the Welsh Border, an enormous dog attacks him, and then weird creatures appear. An old legend of the area comes true and the last Great Dragon of Wales wakes from beneath the Radnor Forest, The people of the valley discover that terrifying Night Creatures want to take over the modern world. Only dragon-fire can destroy them—and Jonah finds that he is the only person who can control the Great Dragon.
Jonah has arrived to spend his summer vacation with his aunt and uncle. Something is not right in the little village where they live. Wolves, extinct in Britain, have returned. They are hunting down Jonah. The Earth has opened up. A creature from within grabs Jonah and attempts to pull him down into whatever the opening holds. Gargoyles are atop St. Michael’s, throwing things at Jonah. A stranger comes to the village seeming to know what is going on, but refusing to be explicit. What he does say is they need a descendant of the Families of Domination. Twelve-year-old Jonah is that descendant.
I loved this story. I had no idea that dragons were around . . . are around . . . were around (are around), to serve us. Did you know that dragons have (had), a purpose? Me neither. Dragons exist(ed) to serve us. No dragon story this year has explained this phenomenon, until now. This is good to know, especially for these people. Having the dragoneer—the dragon’s master—be a visiting twelve-year-old boy, is a bit daunting for the people who live in and around the village. If you read closely, the author lets on Jonah is the dragoneer when Erin refers to him as,
“Master Jonah Clever Clogs Drake.”
Yes, she said “Master.”
The writing is good, very good. The story starts with a big jolt as Jonah is chased from his uncle’s farm to Erin’s farm, up and over hills and mud, and everything else one finds on a farm. Then the writing slows us down, as we meet the well-developed characters, and then builds up to a wild climax that will have you turning pages as fast as your fingers can fly. I thought I knew what was going on and whom a stranger to town actually was, then I would turn the page only to be unsure once more. The writing will keep you locked on the story.
In many respect this is a scary story, but not as scary as it could have been. Kids can read about Jonah and not have nightmares or become afraid to leave the house. Older kids and adults will also enjoy Jonah and the Last Great Dragon. There are no illustrations—at least not on paper. Your imagination will illustrate the story as it unfolds. The writing is descriptive, logical, colorful, and perfectly paced. Jonah and the Last Great Dragon: Legend of the Heart Eaters is one of the best middle grade stories this year.
Author: M.E. Holley facebook website Publisher: Our Street Books facebook website Release Date: November 16, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-78099-541-0 Number of Pages: 149 Ages: 8 to 12
Copyright ©2012 M.E. Holley