Sweet, heartwarming, inclusive, and incredibly beautiful

Summary:

While in the marketplace one day, Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, finds a lost tea dragon. Hesekiel and Erik, who own the tea shop in the market, teach her about tea dragons, who grow leaves and flowers on their antlers. Like blacksmithing, tea dragon caretaking is a dying art. She is intrigued by the creatures, as well as Minette, a young girl who lives with Hesekiel and Erik. In the year that follows, Greta learns more about caretaking, the importance of "dying" crafts, and friendship, as well. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
The Tea Dragon Society is an incredibly beautiful story of two young girls that involves magic and dragons, friendship, and family. While this graphic novel isn’t plot-focused, I loved the book’s message about memories, legacy, and staying true to one’s passions. The lore behind the tea dragons is interesting and imaginative. The cast includes characters representing the LGBTQ+ and disability communities and includes people of color. I really appreciate how O’Neill normalized these characteristics in our main characters and wrote a story that could be enjoyed by anyone.

Even though The Tea Dragon Society is a graphic novel meant for middle schoolers or elementary-aged kids, I would recommend it to anyone interested in a heartwarming story about young love and magical creatures. There is still plenty of dialogue to accompany the images, so it may be best enjoyed by young readers who are interested in starting their first light-hearted fantasy book.

This book would be an incredible gift to anyone of all ages; the messages in O’Neill’s story transcend generations and can be enjoyed for years to come.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

"Reading this book is immersing yourself in a world of happiness, comfort, and cuteness." Reviewer, age 16. We couldn't say it better than that.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a graphic novel fantasy for elementary and middle-grade readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story about tradition and friendship. Share with kids traditions you thought were 'silly" or "meaningless" as a child or teen which now, as a parent, you find special and important.

Although the tea dragons are mythical creatures, tea - particularly herbal tea - is not. Consider planning a visit to a tea house or tea shop in your community or nearby to learn about how teas are crafted. 

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a sweet story that you'll come back to when you need a comfort read. Plus, as a graphic novel, you'll see something new every time.

Title The Tea Dragon Society
About

Tea Dragon Society, Book 1

Author Katie O'Neill
Publisher Oni Press © 2020
Illustrators Katie O'Neill
ISBN 9781620107379
Material Paperback
Cost $9.99
Genres Fantasy, Comics | Graphic Novels, Mythology
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