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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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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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ear catching, imagination inspiring great book

such a great book for the whole family. its about a 5th grade boy who stays with a sitter & ends up helping to save 3 dragons. there are all sorts of twist & turns that happen through out this 1 day. different dimensions are crossed, friends are made & trust is built.
this was a great book. my kids would sit quietly still & listen for hours on end with the only request being "no talking".
my kids are ready to read the book a 2nd time. I myself also really enjoyed it. I could definitely relate to some of the adult emotion in the book.

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Fun fantasy

My nine year old son and I listened to Dragons in a bag on a cart ride and he is clamoring for a follow up.

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This book was amusing, entertaining and comical.

This book was honestly very cute. The story of a a little boy who spend the day with a supposedly grand-mother but finds out later on that she isn't. The description of each event grasp the reader into the fairy tale and make-believe story. It was really entertaining and believable. My daughter loved this book. It is definitely another book to read.