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 Awakening storm
 Author: Yogis, Jaimal

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 232 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 973184 ISBN: 9781338660432
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Dragons -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Private schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Graphic novels
 Hong Kong (China) -- Fiction

Price: $18.58

Summary:
When Grace has to move to Hong Kong for her step-dad's job, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gives her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories her dad used to tell her before he died might not be so far-fetched after all. Especially when the egg hatches overnight. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Truong, Vivian
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 512977

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/21)
   School Library Journal (09/03/21)
   Booklist (09/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/03/2021 Gr 4–7—Years after the disappearance of Grace's doting father, her mother has married a redheaded stranger involved in cutting-edge health research, and Grace begins a new life at a Hong Kong international school. While finding her footing, she becomes an unlikely caregiver to an adorable blue water dragon, whom she must protect against those who seek to use the creature's powers for sinister purposes. It's an effective setup to explore how Chinese dragon legends might play out on a modern stage. Veering from teens bumbling through school hallways to high seas hijinks to a literal mad scientist, this is an entertaining tale with explicit roots in myth. The illustrations are colorful and playful, moving the story through its paces at a quick clip. Grace is Asian American, her mother and stepfather are white, and her crack team of international school dragon defenders include a Hong Kong local, an inventive Indian kid, and an Australian Aboriginal character—a dynamic group of friends who seem poised for more opportunities for hilarity and heroism in future books. VERDICT An engaging read with some superhero-style peril and violence, this is a story of bravery and self-discovery.—Emilia Packard, Tokyo - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/15/2021 Yogis and Truong's graphic novel series opener mixes Chinese mythology with the contemporary world while touching on the struggles of identity and loss. Three years after Grace loses her father to cancer, she moves with her mom and stepdad to Hong Kong, where she is the new kid at a fancy private school. When a mysterious woman gives Grace a dragon egg while on a field trip and it hatches, Grace must hunt her down with the help of her new friends while fending off evil corporations trying to control the dragon’s powerful force. Yogis’ story is a fun, action-packed romp through Hong Kong for Grace and her friends as they uncover the dangers of mixing human and dragon blood, paralleling the struggles Grace faces to understand her “mixed blood” as half white and half Chinese. Truong’s bright, colorful artwork features lots of action and fractured panel layouts that keep the story moving at a fast pace. A good fit for kids entranced by Rick Riordan's brand of fantasy adventures. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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