MAY 10, 2019
PUBLISHER: Living Ink Books; Fifth Edition edition (June 21, 2004)
LENGTH: 384 pages
GENRE: Fantasy, Contemporary
BUY ON: Amazon
SYNOPSIS (from back of book):
A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy “Dragon Breath” for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn’t the normal, morning-mouth bad; it’s the hot-as-fire, “don’t-you-dare-get-near-me” bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys’ restroom at school, and his parents learn that they’ve kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that’s a piece of news a guy doesn’t deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn’t understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she’s looking for.
I was a little skeptical when I first read the synopsis for Raising Dragons; I mean I thought, bad breath is supposed to be the big thing in this book…really?!? However, after I started the book, I was immediately drawn into the story and could hardly put it down. I loved how it was a fantasy story set in modern-day. The entire book was suspenseful and intense and kept my eyes glued to the page.
The characters were all beautifully created, portrayed, and described by the author. The two main characters in the story–Billy and Bonnie–each had dragon features that set them apart from the rest of the world. Billy could breathe fire and Bonnie had dragon wings. They each struggled with wanting to fit in and be a normal human and they each also experienced their share of bullies. Like all good stories, there were villains as well; the evil dragon slayers–who would stop at nothing to make sure all the good dragons–including Billy and Bonnie–were killed. However, Billie and Bonnie and stood up against the buulies and fought the dragon slayers with courage and confidence; and learned to live with their oddities and be proud of their dragon heritage.
I thought it sort of portrayed us Christians in a way; we are all different from the world and we all stick out. However, we need to learn to be proud of our beliefs and of our Father–Jesus Christ–who is the reason for the air we breathe and the life we live. Billy and Bonnie portrayed the Christian life in a way that all Christians should live their lives–they were not perfect, like all humans, but they tried their best and had the determination and courage of a lion.
I thought Raising Dragons was wonderfully written and definately a book I would recomend to pretty much all ages. Even younger kids will love the suspense in this story!
*Raising Dragons was requested for review by Lily.