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Book/Author Spotlight: The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper


The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper

About the Book: Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he’s always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic new series for middle grade readers about a brave young prince’s quest to find answers, honor, friendship—and what it really means to be a hero.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Last Dragon Charmer (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99




About the Author: Laurie McKay lives in Durham, NC, with her family and two elderly dogs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in biological oceanography from North Carolina State University. She’s taught at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science and in the North Carolina community college system. When she’s not dodging students and prepping lab activities, she’s sitting at a local coffee shop and daydreaming about all things fantastical and science fiction.

November 16, 2015 - Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , ,

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