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 Dragons in a bag
 Author: Elliott, Zetta

 Publisher:  Random House (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 154 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 306956 ISBN: 9781524770457
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Dragons -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction
 Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
Genres:
Fantasy Fiction
Multicultural
Animals

Price: $21.38

Summary:
In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

 Illustrator: B, Geneva


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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 500193
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 76861

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (00/08/18)
   Booklist (08/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2018 Jaxon and his mom have been a team for as long as he can remember. When Jaxon’s mother needs to deal with a crooked landlord trying to evict them, she takes Jaxon to Ma, the woman who raised her. Jaxon is surprised and scared—his mother is leaving him with a stranger? And it gets weirder: on her kitchen table lies a package with stamps from Madagascar all over it . . . and it moves. Jaxon is intrigued. Ma, who is a witch responsible for protecting magical creatures, invites Jaxon to take the package back to the magic place where it needs to be. Dragons, dinosaurs, an invisible man, and more await Jaxon as he discovers where his family comes from and where his grandfather has been. Readers will relate to Jaxon’s city life, diverse friends, and family dynamic, and Elliott does a wonderful job of interweaving fantasy, adventure, and character relationships. The language is not too complex for new fantasy readers and speeds right along. A wonderful, and wonderfully inclusive, fantasy for any collection. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 Gr 2–5—When nine-year-old Jaxon's mother goes to court to fight an eviction order, she leaves him with a grouchy older woman she calls Ma. As it turns out, Ma is a witch, and she's been sent a trio of dragon hatchlings that she must return to their home. After a rocky start together and an incident with a glitchy transporter, Ma ends up stuck in the Mesozoic era while Jaxon is returned to Brooklyn to find help and protect the baby dragons. With the aid of Ma's network of friends, Jax manages to reunite with Ma in the realm of magic. A few loose ends leave this story open for future installments. Historically, most chapter books featuring magical tales of witches and dragons center the experiences of white protagonists and characters; Elliott offers something much needed in the genre: a black protagonist in an urban setting. Elliott skillfully introduces themes about creating positive change, examines issues of othering and the fear of differences, and touches upon the complexities of family, gentrification, and segregation. VERDICT A promising start to a new series, this fantasy should find a home in all libraries.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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