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Dragons in a Bag

By: Zetta Elliott
Narrated by: Ron Butler,Zetta Elliott
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Publisher's summary

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author!

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?

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

©2018 Zetta Elliott (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"What a breath of fresh air: a chapter-book fantasy with an urban setting, an array of brown-skinned magic wielders, and a lovable black protagonist readers will root for and sympathize with.... Good, solid fantasy fun." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Elliott skillfully introduces themes about creating positive change, examines issues of othering and the fear of differences, and touches upon the complexities of family, gentrification, and segregation. A promising start to a new series..." (School Library Journal)

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fabulous read for any adventure boy

I heard about this book from a multi-cultural parenting group. This story is a fun adventure for my little boy, and the narration is absolutely perfect. highly recommend this for any elementary student who has a spirit for adventure.

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Ehhh

I didn’t like the story much,the narrator wasn’t that into it. I got bored really fast 😑

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Outstanding!

What a wonderful book! I purchased a hard copy to share with my 4th Graders! They will love this! I purchased the second book to listen to in my car on the way to school. Highly recommended for any age group!

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Love this black boy joy!

Love this book is a black boy! It’s so hard finding black boy stories. There is few lead books with black boys as the main character is a young joyful black boy.

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Greatest magic story

I love how there’s those who believe in contact between world’s a those who don’t

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A fun relatable story!

My boys loved it! Can’t wait to get the next one!
It had real life problems with attention to positive character development.

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Great

Julian (age six) says this book was great. “I liked that the dragons were treated nice and that Ma was a witch.”

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Wonderful story to enjoy.

My daughter's and I couldn't stop listening. .We would definitely recommend this book to families.

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A book for magic lovers

I recommend this book for people who like magic. I liked the realm of magic. It was the right length.
Augie (Age 8)

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My boys LOVED this story!

My son(9) said his favorite part was the end. He is sentimentalabout family and the ending really touched him. He also didn't ever want to pause the book, and immediately asked if there was another book and if it was a series. So I will for sure be looking out for more.
I personally enjoyed that it had hardships of reality as well as fictional.

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