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Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a youn Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real--especially when the egg hatches overnight. The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon's power. And now it's up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!


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Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a youn Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real--especially when the egg hatches overnight. The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon's power. And now it's up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!

30 review for The Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel (City of Dragons #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun and wild ride! You can’t review a graphic novel without first talking about the artwork. The art in this book is colorful, vibrant, and full of life. It complemented the story beautifully. Additionally, the dragon illustrations were superb. They were depicted as fierce and majestic. The story was so entertaining. I’m a sucker for fantasy adventure quests. Plus, who doesn’t love a tale about d I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun and wild ride! You can’t review a graphic novel without first talking about the artwork. The art in this book is colorful, vibrant, and full of life. It complemented the story beautifully. Additionally, the dragon illustrations were superb. They were depicted as fierce and majestic. The story was so entertaining. I’m a sucker for fantasy adventure quests. Plus, who doesn’t love a tale about dragons? At the same time, there was also a lot of heart and emotion throughout which gave the story some balance. However, the ending felt a little convoluted. There was a lot going on. Luckily, this is the first book in the series, so more will be revealed in the coming book. The end does set up the next book nicely. I am very intrigued to see it how unfolds. I also loved the characters. Grace and all her friends were fleshed out, dynamic characters. I was glad that their backgrounds were touched upon. It made them feel more real and relatable. Overall, this was a highly amusing graphic novel. It’s aimed at middle grade readers, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you’re a fan of dragons or Chinese mythology, be sure to check this one out!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Man, this was sooooo good! I didn’t think I could be on the edge of my seat with a graphic novel, but I was WRONG! Lol This begins full force. Grace has to deal with some ignorant creeps who, are 1st of all racist jerks, & 2nd of all-get physically rough with this little girl! 😡 She lets them know what’s what though, & kicks some serious butt! Then she suffers a loss, fast forward 3 years, & her mom moves them to Hong-Kong. She makes the most amazing friends who go on this adventure with her, af Man, this was sooooo good! I didn’t think I could be on the edge of my seat with a graphic novel, but I was WRONG! Lol This begins full force. Grace has to deal with some ignorant creeps who, are 1st of all racist jerks, & 2nd of all-get physically rough with this little girl! 😡 She lets them know what’s what though, & kicks some serious butt! Then she suffers a loss, fast forward 3 years, & her mom moves them to Hong-Kong. She makes the most amazing friends who go on this adventure with her, after a strange old lady gives her an egg-& a dragon hatches! Nate has my whole entire heart! I want him! This can definitely get dark at times, but it was a wonderful, wild, crazy adventure. The humor is also SO good! I laughed so hard at Ramesh! I loved all of the culture in here, & diversity. I LOVED learning about the Dragon Kings & the Yellow Emperor, & was so intrigued & engrossed reading this. Me being me, I immediately went online to learn more lol. I especially loved how this came full circle, with the beginning the creeps making her feel awful for her “mixed blood”(but they used an even more ignorant term). But then she learns how special that blood can be-stronger & with more courage & compassion. And all of us are “mixed”, no matter outside appearances, & that’s a great thing. This is full of family, culture, loss, bravery, grief, friendship, humor, danger, suspense, compassion, healing, & hope. I cannot wait for the next one. The art by Vivian Truong is STUNNING too. LOVE everything about this. Highly recommend-it’s out now too!💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    katayoun Masoodi

    fun and cute story, engaging characters and good drawings. would hope the next in the series come out soon

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Grace had a very happy life with her mother and her father, who had been in the military and had Chinese ancestry, unlike her mother. He always told her stories about Chinese myths and legends, especially about a race of lizard men who were considered "half blooded" like Grace, but who were granted special powers because of their ancestry. After her father's death from cancer, her mother remarries. Hank is a good guy, and he has a good job with a biomedical compan E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Grace had a very happy life with her mother and her father, who had been in the military and had Chinese ancestry, unlike her mother. He always told her stories about Chinese myths and legends, especially about a race of lizard men who were considered "half blooded" like Grace, but who were granted special powers because of their ancestry. After her father's death from cancer, her mother remarries. Hank is a good guy, and he has a good job with a biomedical company that takes them to Hong Kong. He enrolls Grace in the best internationals school, and gives her one of the newest fitness trackers that his company makes. She is lucky that she makes good friends right away: Ramesh, James, and Jing. On a school field trip, she and Ramesh sneak off to a local market, and Grace meets an older woman who gives her a glass egg. She is very surprised when it hatches, and she finds a tiny water dragon in her toilet! She manages to hide the dragon, whom she names Nate after her father, from her folks, but when she and her friends are followed by shady men in black stocking caps, they know they need to find out more. They track down a fisherman who knew the older woman, who is able to give them tips for how to take care of Nate, and tells them a little about why Grace may have the dragon, but isn't able to tell them much. Ramesh manages to find out who is tracking them, and uncovers some secrets. Will this knowledge be enough to keep them safe? And will Grace find out more about her father, her heritage, and her emerging magical powers? Strengths: This was a fun fantasy romp with dragons, which my students adore. I enjoyed the fact that Grace, while she missed her father, was okay with her step father and with the move to Hong Kong, and she managed to make friends right away. There was a lot of adventure (flying on the back of a dragon!), and some decently evil villains for the kids to fight. There was a bit of science with the father's position, and the integration of the folklore into Grace's life made sense. The pictures were in full color, and were very appealing. Weaknesses: Tweens finding they have powers and saving the world. Sigh. What I really think: I have to keep telling myself that most middle grade readers have not read the 5,000 fantasy books about tweens saving the world that I have, so this will seem fresh to them. As I was writing this review, I got a call from one of our language arts teachers who was telling me about The Umbrella Academy television show, which sounded just like every other fantasy book that I've read. In fact, when she told me it was based on a book, I could think of about five books that matched her description. (It isn't based on any of them.) Are there as many graphic novels about Tweens Saving the World? No. So I'll probably buy this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    The artwork is snazzy (it’s giving me Webtoon energy lol), but in the first few pages there’s a lot going on story-wise. Grace feels alienated due to her mixed ancestry (Chinese dad, white mom), and her dad tries to cheer her up with surfing. Jump forward three years later, Grace’s going to an international school in Hong Kong. There are some cliché beats, a la wise, old person gifts MC with a magical item/creature, but it works. Tropes aren’t inherently bad, but it’s how you use them. As always, The artwork is snazzy (it’s giving me Webtoon energy lol), but in the first few pages there’s a lot going on story-wise. Grace feels alienated due to her mixed ancestry (Chinese dad, white mom), and her dad tries to cheer her up with surfing. Jump forward three years later, Grace’s going to an international school in Hong Kong. There are some cliché beats, a la wise, old person gifts MC with a magical item/creature, but it works. Tropes aren’t inherently bad, but it’s how you use them. As always, I love dragons (Eastern or Western), and I think kids will probably enjoy this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    ARC received from the author! The world works in strange ways. There are moments when I'll be on Amazon looking through novels or graphic novels and scrolling through the Recommended for you lists in order to discover new reads and add them to my evergrowing TBR. I came across The Awakening Storm: City of Dragons saw the artwork and immediately preordered it. Let's fast forward to some time later and here I am with a review copy in my grabby yet grateful hands. There are some days when I've run o ARC received from the author! The world works in strange ways. There are moments when I'll be on Amazon looking through novels or graphic novels and scrolling through the Recommended for you lists in order to discover new reads and add them to my evergrowing TBR. I came across The Awakening Storm: City of Dragons saw the artwork and immediately preordered it. Let's fast forward to some time later and here I am with a review copy in my grabby yet grateful hands. There are some days when I've run out of spicey veggie straws or half & half and I think to myself, this is not a wonderful world. BUT then I read books like this and it's like someone coming over and bringing you a breakfast burrito and a cold brew: utter perfection. The story opens up with Grace kicking some serious butt and we immediately get a feel for the type of person she is. Fierce, protective, and maybe a little hot-headed, but it's fine. Being a girl in the world, you must be rude to stay alive. Her father has cancer and after a while, he succumbs to it. Full-stop there. I was not expecting the military funeral and big, fat tears may have fallen and stained a page so there's that. *sniffle* Fast forward three years later and her mother has remarried and moved to Hong Kong. Grave attends an international school where she feels like an outcast, but before long, she meets a trio of friends who take her out for a day on the town. Grace meets an old woman selling jewelry who hands her what appears to be a decorative egg of some kind. But when the egg hatches into a bitty blue dragon, Grace realizes she has to keep it safe. When a batch of goons show up, she and her friends race against time to get help. Someone wants the dragon for their own purposes, but our Grace isn't going to let that go down. Let's talk about Grace. Like I said earlier, she's super fierce and I loved her from the very start. But after her father dies, we see a change in her. She's meek and definitely lives inside of herself. I loved seeing her true nature come through as the story progresses and her friends definitely help with that. The Chinese mythology surrounding dragons was *chefs kiss*. Dragon stories are always a draw for me and much too often (you all have read my rants over the lack of dragons in DRAGON BOOKS) we don't get a strong focus on the dragons, but the story here balances both the dragon's myths and Grace's story without sacrificing both. All in all this story had me up late last night. I'm a little tired BUT a good tired because I know it wasn't because I was scrolling through Reddit or solving a crime via youtube. This was a very good use of my time and I cannot wait for future installments. BOOKSTAGRAM

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. Ancient treaties, legends, war, a search for immortality, young teen Grace still grieving her wonderful dad starts school and makes friends with three other terrific people, meets an adorable creature, aaaaaannnnd, there are dragons!! I liked the artwork a lot—it was exuberant and expressive. The story was enjoyable, and I liked the friendship amongst the four individuals. I could see the betrayal by one of the other character’s coming from the book’s beginning, but a younger audience wo 3.5 stars. Ancient treaties, legends, war, a search for immortality, young teen Grace still grieving her wonderful dad starts school and makes friends with three other terrific people, meets an adorable creature, aaaaaannnnd, there are dragons!! I liked the artwork a lot—it was exuberant and expressive. The story was enjoyable, and I liked the friendship amongst the four individuals. I could see the betrayal by one of the other character’s coming from the book’s beginning, but a younger audience would probably be shocked by the unmasking and the mostly self-serving reasons given by this antagonist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    TW: racism This was both a cute story of identity and baby dragons and a tense, action packed adventure! I love the saturated color palette and the way the dragons are drawn, and I enjoyed how well the main cast works as a friend group while also being distinct characters. The ending also begs for more adventure to come!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    4.5 ⭐️ Dragons, friendships, mysteries, and special powers that can either save or destroy everything…this was a pretty epic and page-turning graphic novel, so I know I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emperor Katie

    This book fit in character development, an interesting plot, dragons, and awesome art all in a short graphic novel. What’s not to like?

  11. 4 out of 5

    JustAButterfly

    2.5 stars. The art and dragons are cute but the story is not great.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Randal

    Very cute. Very fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaimal

    What a FUN read - and poignant, and thoughtful. Loss, Climate change, mixed heritage and how cultures come together - or dont, all cloaked in myth. Such a hit with all three of my kids - and the adults in the house too! cant wait for the next installment - of three!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    This series opener about a girl with “mixed blood” (dragon and human) is a fantastic contemporary take on Chinese mythology. Grace misses her father, who died of cancer, but is making the best of life in Hong Kong with her mother and stepfather. When a mysterious egg reveals a dragon hatchling, Grace and her pals from the prestigious Hong Kong International School must figure out how to feed and hide Nate, the dragon, keeping him away from goons bent on kidnapping him. Soon it is clear that Grac This series opener about a girl with “mixed blood” (dragon and human) is a fantastic contemporary take on Chinese mythology. Grace misses her father, who died of cancer, but is making the best of life in Hong Kong with her mother and stepfather. When a mysterious egg reveals a dragon hatchling, Grace and her pals from the prestigious Hong Kong International School must figure out how to feed and hide Nate, the dragon, keeping him away from goons bent on kidnapping him. Soon it is clear that Grace and Nate have entwined destinies involving waking the Southern Dragon King, whose aim is to unite humans and dragons. But there are those who want the dragon’s power for themselves, and they are closer to Grace than she ever would have guessed. From the dramatic opening scenes of Grace’s father’s dragon stories and his death, to the breakneck speed of the developing drama around dragons in the world, this is a completely engrossing fantasy with deep evocations of Chinese dragon mythology. Grace and her friends are all nicely developed characters, the dialogue is well written and clever, and the art makes the setting of the school and city of Hong Kong come alive. Truong’s gorgeous renderings of dragons give them believable majesty. Only the first 16 pages of the proof are in color, but what I saw makes me look forward greatly to the finished book. I was pleased that the majority of the story is wrapped up in this first installment. Along with the dragons, issues of identity, school and friendship, and even genetic testing, make this a highly appealing read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anneliese Grassi

    This graphic novel was such an adventure with a little bit of everything - bullying, love and loss, dragons, myths, ethics, maps, good guys vs. bad guys, friendships, and the list goes on! After losing her father to cancer 😢, Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and stepdad. She attends a new private school and is worried about making friends and/or being social. But during a class trip an old woman gives her an egg, and when the egg hatches she realizes that maybe the stories she was told grow This graphic novel was such an adventure with a little bit of everything - bullying, love and loss, dragons, myths, ethics, maps, good guys vs. bad guys, friendships, and the list goes on! After losing her father to cancer 😢, Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and stepdad. She attends a new private school and is worried about making friends and/or being social. But during a class trip an old woman gives her an egg, and when the egg hatches she realizes that maybe the stories she was told growing may be more than fiction. Now Grace and her friends need to protect the dragon and be wary of everyone that wants a part of it. This was such an incredible story full of excitement, bravery, and courage. You fall in love with the characters, or hate them, and cheer them on along the way. The graphics are perfect for the story and perfectly done! I really enjoyed this book and my daughter has already grabbed it from me and it is now her turn to sing its praises! Thank you to Jaimal Yogis for the gifted copy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie Richardson

    For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle An ancient treaty, adorable dragons, and a plot that starts with good intentions but takes on a sinister tinge as the stakes are raised and magic and science combine. What more could you want in a graphic novel? This was a nice first book in a series. It sets out the characters and the world well, establishing all the pieces needed for the adventure to come. Bits dragged for me, but by the end I was hooked and immediately wanted the next book. The For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle An ancient treaty, adorable dragons, and a plot that starts with good intentions but takes on a sinister tinge as the stakes are raised and magic and science combine. What more could you want in a graphic novel? This was a nice first book in a series. It sets out the characters and the world well, establishing all the pieces needed for the adventure to come. Bits dragged for me, but by the end I was hooked and immediately wanted the next book. The artwork is lovely. Really enjoyed the color schemes chosen and the details. With themes of loss, new friendships, the intersection of good and evil, and doing the right thing, there's a lot going on in this book and it really sets up future adventures nicely. We get the tip of the iceberg in this one and I'm looking forward to diving down to see the rest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wasn't blown away by this adorable graphic novel, mostly due to really awkward action sequences where I completely lost track of what was happening. But interesting characters, if they didn't really get much time to develop their relationship, other than "hey fellow student with one-note characteristics." I assume they'll expand their casts' depth in future issues. Not sure that the whole translation of half-breed for biracial and aspects of belonging to a culture really paralleled properly. Simi Wasn't blown away by this adorable graphic novel, mostly due to really awkward action sequences where I completely lost track of what was happening. But interesting characters, if they didn't really get much time to develop their relationship, other than "hey fellow student with one-note characteristics." I assume they'll expand their casts' depth in future issues. Not sure that the whole translation of half-breed for biracial and aspects of belonging to a culture really paralleled properly. Similarly, there wasn't enough time to really immerse readers into the experience of going to an international school in another country and how disorienting that must've been for Grace. I hope the two antagonistic white kids will develop past their cliched characters in the following books.. Oh well, I'm sure kids will enjoy it but they'll probably run the younger end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    A few years after her dad dies from cancer, Grace, her mom, and her new stepdad move to Hong Kong from the US. Despite being the new kid, she makes a new friend, Ramesh, right away, who convinces her to ditch their field trip to explore the city. And while wondering around, a mysterious old woman gives Grace an egg that hatches into a dragon overnight. Maybe there is something to those stories her dad used to tell her after all. But dragons are powerful and not all those who want their powers wi A few years after her dad dies from cancer, Grace, her mom, and her new stepdad move to Hong Kong from the US. Despite being the new kid, she makes a new friend, Ramesh, right away, who convinces her to ditch their field trip to explore the city. And while wondering around, a mysterious old woman gives Grace an egg that hatches into a dragon overnight. Maybe there is something to those stories her dad used to tell her after all. But dragons are powerful and not all those who want their powers will use it for good, leading Grace and her new friends to flee from mysterious men in suits and ski masks. They always seem to know where Grace and her friends are...A good start to a new series, but I wanted more in this first one, especially more dragons and more about Grace's special heritage.

  19. 4 out of 5

    G

    A great blend of fantasy and Chinese mythology in present day China with a little bit of science fiction thrown in the mix. While it's an American style graphic novel, some of the action and dialogue are reminiscent of how characters act and react in anime and manga. The characters are interesting and engaging and by the end one of the themes seems to focus on found family, or close friendships. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but the story wraps up most of the issues that were dealt with A great blend of fantasy and Chinese mythology in present day China with a little bit of science fiction thrown in the mix. While it's an American style graphic novel, some of the action and dialogue are reminiscent of how characters act and react in anime and manga. The characters are interesting and engaging and by the end one of the themes seems to focus on found family, or close friendships. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but the story wraps up most of the issues that were dealt with in the first book. Like some YA titles, adult figures are either mostly absent and willing to overlook a lot of what the characters may be getting themselves into, or are the villains; in this case, we have a bit of both.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dunn

    Publisher annotation: "When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real--especially when the egg hatches overnight. The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious Publisher annotation: "When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real--especially when the egg hatches overnight. The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon's power. And now it's up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!" This middle grade graphic novel is the first in a series. Lots of action and dragons - what's not to like?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ivy Hill

    (No Spoilers) First of all, I couldn’t put this book down since the minute I bought it! I purchased this book at my school book fair and read the entire thing in the same night. This book is the best book I have read this entire year! This book will spark imagination in a lot of readers, including myself. I couldn’t stand the suspense at the end 😮😮‍💨. I am a HUGE dragon fan, and can’t wait to see what Jaimal has to offer in her sequel! (Spoilers) I am also curious about where or who the other gem (No Spoilers) First of all, I couldn’t put this book down since the minute I bought it! I purchased this book at my school book fair and read the entire thing in the same night. This book is the best book I have read this entire year! This book will spark imagination in a lot of readers, including myself. I couldn’t stand the suspense at the end 😮😮‍💨. I am a HUGE dragon fan, and can’t wait to see what Jaimal has to offer in her sequel! (Spoilers) I am also curious about where or who the other gems ended up with after the men in black stole them. Maybe I missed something or this will come up in the second book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    It was a very good book! I enjoyed reading it because of the dragons and all the adventures grace went on with her friends! I very much liked the part whenHank mixed blood and the earth quack happened. The stories about the warriors and the treaty were interesting because it explained why people shouldn't mix blood and what happened back then. Nate was very interesting because of the times he helped Grace defeat bad people an also when he got kidnapped, When that happened it made the story much It was a very good book! I enjoyed reading it because of the dragons and all the adventures grace went on with her friends! I very much liked the part whenHank mixed blood and the earth quack happened. The stories about the warriors and the treaty were interesting because it explained why people shouldn't mix blood and what happened back then. Nate was very interesting because of the times he helped Grace defeat bad people an also when he got kidnapped, When that happened it made the story much more intense as Grace and her friends panicked and tried to find Nate. But overall I really liked it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    An okay dragon story. The dragon reveal felt rushed (I thought I missed a page or something). The friend group is interesting, but the speech bubble placement often "crossed the streams" (the person on the right would talk first, so their speech bubble was on the left, above a different person) and made it confusing to tell who was talking sometimes. And there were a TON of speech balloons at the end with a wall of text, so I kind of skimmed it. Overall it was an okay set up for a series, but th An okay dragon story. The dragon reveal felt rushed (I thought I missed a page or something). The friend group is interesting, but the speech bubble placement often "crossed the streams" (the person on the right would talk first, so their speech bubble was on the left, above a different person) and made it confusing to tell who was talking sometimes. And there were a TON of speech balloons at the end with a wall of text, so I kind of skimmed it. Overall it was an okay set up for a series, but there isn't a ton of dragon stuff going on here yet.

  24. 5 out of 5

    MeiMei Fox

    Absolutely love this children's graphic novel set in Hong Kong. Fantasy and reality blend for an engaging story about compassion, coming of age, and friendship. My twin boys are just about turn 7 and they love having me read "City of Dragons" to them! The illustrations are just gorgeous. We already are huge fans of Jaimal Yogis. His two younger children's books, "Mop Rides the Waves of Life" and "Mop Rides the Waves of Change" get read at least once a week in our household. Mop and now Grace ser Absolutely love this children's graphic novel set in Hong Kong. Fantasy and reality blend for an engaging story about compassion, coming of age, and friendship. My twin boys are just about turn 7 and they love having me read "City of Dragons" to them! The illustrations are just gorgeous. We already are huge fans of Jaimal Yogis. His two younger children's books, "Mop Rides the Waves of Life" and "Mop Rides the Waves of Change" get read at least once a week in our household. Mop and now Grace serve as role models for the boys - dealing with real feelings in an honest, loving way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah O

    This story is chock full of Raya and the Last Dragon vibes! Grace has grown up with stories from her father about dragon lore, never thinking that there could be any truth to them. When a tragedy results in her starting a new life in Hong Kong, she encounters a mysterious jade seller who gifts her with...an egg. Soon her life is upended again, a dangerous new reality mingling with those supposed stories from her childhood. The ecological issues caused by not conserving Earth’s valuable resources This story is chock full of Raya and the Last Dragon vibes! Grace has grown up with stories from her father about dragon lore, never thinking that there could be any truth to them. When a tragedy results in her starting a new life in Hong Kong, she encounters a mysterious jade seller who gifts her with...an egg. Soon her life is upended again, a dangerous new reality mingling with those supposed stories from her childhood. The ecological issues caused by not conserving Earth’s valuable resources are blended nicely into this story that mixes fact and fiction to tell a believable tale.

  26. 5 out of 5

    XZ

    Very fun graphic novel, but that's possibly because I really like dragons. Chinese is a bit off though (unless it's in Cantonese spelling, but I can read traditional Chinese and it still doesn't look entirely right?) e.g. "Welcome new students" is written as 歡迎小朋友 (huan1 ying2 xiao3 peng2 you3), but the Chinese actually means "welcome, small children". Mixed blood is written as 半血 (ban4 xie3), which means half-blood, but the pinyin given is 混血 (hun4 xie3), which means mixed blood, but is usually se Very fun graphic novel, but that's possibly because I really like dragons. Chinese is a bit off though (unless it's in Cantonese spelling, but I can read traditional Chinese and it still doesn't look entirely right?) e.g. "Welcome new students" is written as 歡迎小朋友 (huan1 ying2 xiao3 peng2 you3), but the Chinese actually means "welcome, small children". Mixed blood is written as 半血 (ban4 xie3), which means half-blood, but the pinyin given is 混血 (hun4 xie3), which means mixed blood, but is usually seen to be a bit more derogatory in nature (kinda like Mudblood).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Molly the Gemini

    3.5 stars. Super cuteeeee. I really enjoyed the simple yet informative plot of this graphic novel. Grace was your typical middle-grade MC but with the supporting characters and magical elements, it really elevated her story. It was a lot of fun to learn more about the beliefs and stories of Chinese dragons. Nate the dragon was adorable and the antagonist was believable. The artwork was beautiful and I thought it was really great that some of the dialogue bubbles included Mandarin and the transla 3.5 stars. Super cuteeeee. I really enjoyed the simple yet informative plot of this graphic novel. Grace was your typical middle-grade MC but with the supporting characters and magical elements, it really elevated her story. It was a lot of fun to learn more about the beliefs and stories of Chinese dragons. Nate the dragon was adorable and the antagonist was believable. The artwork was beautiful and I thought it was really great that some of the dialogue bubbles included Mandarin and the translation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    S

    After her father dies, Grace and her mother relocate to Hong Kong. On a field trip, a mysterious lady tells her that Grace is a hunxue and gives her a dragon egg. It is a beautiful story weaving a new legend about dragons of China and how everything there came to be. It reveals a contrast between mythology and science and how each should be separate from the other. It also questions the ethics of genetic engineering. I loved the plot and can't wait to read its future instalments. After her father dies, Grace and her mother relocate to Hong Kong. On a field trip, a mysterious lady tells her that Grace is a hunxue and gives her a dragon egg. It is a beautiful story weaving a new legend about dragons of China and how everything there came to be. It reveals a contrast between mythology and science and how each should be separate from the other. It also questions the ethics of genetic engineering. I loved the plot and can't wait to read its future instalments.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Conrad

    I’ve never read a graphic novel, but my students love them more than ever before this year. So, when the author offered to send me a copy to read and share with my students, I decided to jump right into my first one. I loved the contemporary story tying into Chinese culture, and the typical teen angst, friendship issues, and more also make this a relatable read for preteens and teens a lot. I’m excited to share this one with my students!

  30. 5 out of 5

    M (aka DarkBeauty73)

    I picked this up on a whim at my local comic store and I am so glad I did. I seen it a few times on my bookstagram feed which is why it caught me eye. The art work was amazing and it captured what the story was telling perfectly. At times as I was reading I was thinking not many pages to go with so much story left. While I do think it was a bit rushed in the end, the explaining of things but at the same time a satisfactory ending. Their is the set up for the next book but nothing that you can't I picked this up on a whim at my local comic store and I am so glad I did. I seen it a few times on my bookstagram feed which is why it caught me eye. The art work was amazing and it captured what the story was telling perfectly. At times as I was reading I was thinking not many pages to go with so much story left. While I do think it was a bit rushed in the end, the explaining of things but at the same time a satisfactory ending. Their is the set up for the next book but nothing that you can't live with.

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