Proof that teachers just might be aliens!


Prince Caden wants nothing more than to become an Elite Paladin and make his father proud. But things aren't going according to plan. First, Caden, Sir Horace (his horse) and Brynne (a spellcaster) have tumbled from their world to Asheville, NC. It may not be the Great Winterlands of Razon, but there is definitely magic here - powerful, evil magic. Rath Dunn (going by the alias Mr. Rathis) is the Kingdom's nemesis. Mrs. Primrose is clearly a dragon. There is no doubt that these two are involved with Jane, a missing "runaway." If Caden and Brynne have any hope of returning to Razon, they must save the girl. But how?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Magic, adventure, and (grudging) friendship combine in this action-packed fantasy for dragon seekers and dragon slayers! The story is set in high school, and will be attractive for teens and older readers, as well.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

As someone who has visited Asheville, NC, the story offered a familiar setting ... and a little extra fun. While Brynne seems to have immediately become "a local," Caden has not. They provide both humor and reflection. Fantasy is not my favorite genre, but this is an enjoyable (if somewhat predictable) read. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in The Last Dragon Charmer, a middle grade fantasy series.
Educational Themes:

This is a fantasy adventure to read for fun. Although teens may not know princes from faraway realms, there are most likely peers who are not unlike Caden who come from different cultures. They may not know our language (Caden can't read print), they may be *stuck* on unfamiliar practices (Caden's rituals for training to be an Elite Paladin). Pull out those elements to talk about empathy and taking notice of others.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a worthwhile read and a book you can share with upper elementary, middle school, and high school audiences.

Title Villain Keeper

The Last Dragon Keeper Series, Book 1

Author Laurie McKay
Publisher HarperCollins © 2015
ISBN 9780062308436
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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