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In Which You Meet James and the Dragon

By 02/10/2013July 12th, 2016Uncategorized
Today’s Wednesday Feature book is James & the Dragon , a Middle-School Fantasy by Theresa Snyder, an author who has seen an interesting mix of professions in her life, all of which have worked to enliven her fiction.

 Fantasy Middle grade Farloft series Theresa SnyderElevator pitch:

What would you do if you were adopted by a dragon? When ten-year-old orphan James nearly drowns in a bog, he finds himself rescued by Farloft, a centuries old
dragon with a glittering collection of treasures and an even richer collection
of stories. But, dragons and boys are not meant to live together – or are they?

 

Teaser Excerpt:

“Please don’t eat me,” James pleaded. For he felt sure that was the dragon’s
intent. Why else would he pull him free? What misfortune, James thought. To be
dragged from quicksand only to be eaten by a dragon.

“Eat you?” Farloft retorted. “I would rather starve than put anything as
filthy as you in my mouth. Where are your people?” Farloft demanded.

He didn’t give James time to reply before breaking into a tirade. “Did your
father not warn you about the dangers of cutting peat by yourself? Had I not
come by when I did you would have drowned. I cannot believe your parents let
you out alone on a day like this.”

Farloft stuck his nose up in the air and inhaled deeply. “By the smell of it, it will not be more than a few hours before it snows again.”
Farloft looked down at the boy. The lad stood before him coated with mud from head to foot, doing his best to remain standing. The cold, a close brush with death, and a dragon encounter left him unsteady on his feet and close to tears.

“Are you all right?” Farloft asked, in a gentler tone.

The boy wiped at his nose with one muddy fist. “Yes, sir,” he replied.
“Do you think you can make it home?” Farloft asked.

“Aye,”the lad replied quietly, but made no move to go.
“Well then, off with you.” Farloft commanded.

James barely took two steps before his knees buckled and he collapsed to the ground.

 

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To read a longer excerpt of this Middle grad Fantasy, click here.  I love dragons, and I especially love stories involving kids and dragons, because they tend to be some of the most colorful and imaginative. If you want to follow my example, buy James & the Dragon on Amazon , and also check out the entire Farloft chronicles series.

 

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Do you read Fantasy? Would you like to buy this for your kids? Do you have questions for Theresa Snyder?


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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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