Antonia Michaelis Dragons of Darkness

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Dragons of Darkness

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In this thrilling modern-day fable, two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together by magic, mayhem, and a common foe. Jumar, an invisible prince, wants to save his native Nepal from civil war. Christopher, a shy German boy, wants to find his kidnapped brother. Together they embark on a journey through the wilderness of Nepal—a journey that proves to be a dangerous rite of passage. Fighting the beautiful but deadly dragons that beset the country, the two boys learn that in order to change the world, they must first change themselves.

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Antonia Michaelis has lived and taught in India. She is the author of several award-winning books published in her native Germany, where she lives. Anthea Bell is the translator of Cornelia Funke’s bestselling Inkheart books. Her work has won the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in the UK.

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*Starred Review* Growing up, Christopher, a 14-year-old German, has always felt invisible next to his much-admired, daring older brother, Arne. After Arne vanishes during a trip to Nepal, though, Christopher is mysteriously transported there and begins a wild adventure of his own. In Nepal, he meets Jumar, a prince who is literally invisible, and Niya, a young Maoist rebel. Each character is looking for something different: Christopher seeks clues to Arne’s disappearance; Jumar seeks revenge for a beloved friend’s death; and Niya seeks ways to better his country. The threesome’s quests soon intertwine, as do their questions about their place and purpose in the world, and together, they face warring factions of soldiers and Maoists along with color-eating dragons that have devastated the land. As in Tiger Moon (2008), Michaelis deftly interweaves magic and realism in an intricate, provocative story that explores the connections between people and events, the allure and dangers of an uncompromising idealism, and the power of love. Skillfully translated, the vivid, descriptive prose portrays unique settings and cultures, while the diverse characters’ alternating stories build suspense and intimacy in scenes that are alternately droll and poignant, sorrowful and inspiring. The plotting is dense, but readers will be richly rewarded with this absorbing story about courage, compassion, personal growth, and the power of fairy tales to guide and illuminate human lives. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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