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Dragons in A Bag

Dragons in A Bag

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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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.
When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother - but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: Don't let them out of the bag, and don't feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever?
Publisher: New York : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524770457
1524770450
9781524770488
1524770485
9781524770464
1524770469
Characteristics: 154 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: B, Geneva - Illustrator

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Baby dragons in Brooklyn?  When Jax discovers the grouchy neighbor is actually a witch trying to return baby dragons to a magical land, he gets involved in the mission. Can he help without breaking the rules? A funny, imaginative urban fantasy with heart for middle graders. ~Rebecca

List - Fantasy
Beaverton_Kids Oct 11, 2018

Part of "Dragons in a Bag" series.

Brooklyn is no place for baby dragons. They must be delivered to a magical world where they’ll be safe. Nine year old Jax is trying, but things get rough when he and his friends let the dragons out of the bag and feed them sweets. Also try next in series: The Dragon Thief. Ages 6 and up. -Jenny

List - Witchy Ways
Hillsboro_Kids Oct 18, 2019

The grumpy old lady you thought was your Grandma turns out to be a witch with three baby dragons in her apartment? And you have to help get them to the magical world? Just don't feed them anything sweet! (Sequel out 10/22/19)

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.


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Mar 21, 2019

Elliott is such an adept storyteller, that the reader/listener could be deceived into believing the crafting of the novel was effortless. A great deal of thought goes into a well-crafted work; a great deal of thought will be provoked by it. And admire how smooth that ending is. Elliott masters the pacing in this rich, but relatively brief novel. Someone please commission a series of early reader chapter books from Zetta Elliott.

Between the notes of contemporary realism and the more ‘fantastical,’ Dragons in a Bag will have broad appeal. Elliott offers humor and heart and a hero reader/listeners will be rooting for. That Elliott offers depth in intrigue and contexts while also offering a straightforward adventure story means her novel will have broad appeal across age groups and levels of comprehension. I’m excited to recommend Dragons in a Bag for family and classroom read-aloud where such a range is often involved.

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