by H. L. Burke
Cora’s a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys “egg packs” at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.
“I feel like this book should be made into a major motion picture; it’s that awesome. The writing is superb, the characters are fun, and the story is engaging, to say the least.”
“This is so much more than just a fantasy. It has great lessons about friendships, ethics, and even a child running their first business. Great book for a family to read together and discuss.”
“Dragons are cool, but after this book, I think I need one!”
CIR: What inspired this story?
BURKE: When I was younger I used to love those machines where you could pop a quarter in and get a random prize … but I never got the prize I wanted. I thought up a world where dragons came in disposable packaging like that and just sort of built outward from there.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
BURKE: The choice to set it in a 1920’s style environment made one character start talking like an extra from Newsies, and I never really got him under control. That said, 20’s slang is interesting.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
BURKE: Cricket. Short answer: because he’s a dragon. Long answer: he was fun to write because he was non-verbal and that’s always a fun challenge, seeing how much character you can give to a non-speaking part.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
BURKE: It’s a classic “kid and pet” story. Kind of like How to Train your Dragon if it had been given a slow-paced Miyazaki treatment.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
BURKE: Growing up, letting go, learning to understand people in spite of differences, standing up for yourself and others, some mild environmental themes, and how to balance living under unjust laws with taking care of ones family.
Since this book is targeted to younger readers, be advised that on “off screen” death occurs (shots are heard).