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First Lines Friday (Children’s Books)

We love this idea so we will give it a go but use only children’s books. It is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  Check out Wandering Words for more info, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Here we go…


Black clouds rolled silently overhead, devouring stars in the darkening night sky. A sudden barrage of lightning crackled above. Startled by the noise, Arak spun in the air.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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The Dragon Dreamer (Dragon Dreamer, #1)The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really loved this book with its underlying message of being tolerant of others especially those who are different. It encourages us to live in peace with our fellow creatures.

A truly wonderful story for young and old alike. It is unique in that it covers many topics, such as the barriers of language between species. It shows how some creatures are united in their love of art, science and technology. Truly amazing.

Arak is a dragon who does not quite fit in with the pack. He is after all a dreamer. The other dragons mock him and call him names, they never take him serious. One day whilst out on a solo flight he is caught in a dreadful storm and crash lands upon the ice, causing himself major damage. However, thanks to a curious undersea octopus called Scree (a healer who just cannot swim away from a suffering creature) an unusual alliance is formed.

The story reminded me of how the world began, how human technology and medical advancements are occurring all the time especially when people work together. It is just that in this story it is the undersea shape-shifting octopi forming lasting bonds of friendship with their much larger dragon friends.

A highly recommended read, a truly beautiful tale.

Thank you for visiting and Happy Reading

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