A realistic fantasy? Impossible, you say? As impossible as the existence of dragons...
Ansel, a mute boy, is sold by his uncaring father into servitude with a traveling "dragon hunter." Brock, the hunter, has plenty of secrets and a boy who can't talk is the best kind of secret-keeper. One of Brock's biggest secrets is that dragons do not actually exist and he is merely a con artist who takes advantage of the superstitions and fears of the peasants and villagers. Of course, there wouldn't be much of a story if a dragon didn't come along sooner rather than later... And in the course of facing it, Ansel also discovers some important things about himself...
Published by Scholastic. 2010.
What could a newly homeless parrot and a girl stricken with leukemia possibly have in common? Much more than you would think, at first glance. In this story of an unusual friendship, Zeno is the proud bird who can speak 127 words but suddenly finds himself on the street due to the death of his devoted servant (commonly called his owner). Alya is a young girl who has lost her former active life because of her debilitating illness. They bond over a banana nut muffin. Though trials and hardships lead them to give up hope, they find strength, support and courage in each other. And a way to find out what really matters in life.
Published by Feiwel & Friends, 2013
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