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Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

29 Mar

Flying the Dragon

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Will be Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. on July 1, 2012

240 pages – ages 8-12

ebook reviewed

Skye’s family members from Japan is coming to live with her family in America (Virginia).  Skye doesn’t want her Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather and Cousin (Hiroshi) to come because she really doesn’t know them at all. We also find out that Hiroshi really doesn’t want to come to America to live either. Neither kid gets what they want. Skye and Hiroshi don’t understand each other and don’t really like each other. Both kids are feeling out-of-place. Over time the kids start to realize they have some things they like to do that are the same and that they both love their Grandfather very much. The death of their Grandfather bring Skye and Hiroshi together. They find that they can work as a team and compete in the rokkaku kite flying contest at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and they both find they “fit in” at the contest.

I really enjoyed this book. The story is a very good one. I really liked the Grandfather character in the book (I wish he didn’t die). He was a very nice and wise man. I liked how I learned about the Japanese culture from this book and how different cultures act with each other.  I liked learning about how even though Skye was Japanese in heritage, she really never thought about herself being Japanese (because she lived in America) and then that part of her family came and she felt like she didn’t fit in.  The rokkaku kites also sound really cool too. It is definitely a book I would read again.

Five out of five bookworms for “Flying the Dragon”!

Flying the Dragon will be published on July 1st 2012 but you can learn more about Ms. Lorenzi by visiting her website HERE. There is also a facebook page for the book HERE.

You can also learn more about Ms. Lorenzi over at the Emu’s Debuts blog HERE.

Creative Kid Thursday! Meet Kid Author Rena Marthaler

24 Apr

 Today is time for another Creative Kid Thursday!

But before I get to the Creative Kid of today – I want to tell everyone to check out ANOTHER creative kid – my little sister Josie who entered a drawing in Susanna Leonard Hill’s –


The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!
Click HERE to see Josie’s illustration and click HERE to go to Ms. Hill’s contest page and check out all the entries.
Now on to Creative Kid Thursday!

Meet kid author – Rena Marthaler! Woo!


Rena wrote a book during NaNoWriMo when she was just 9 years old! 

Here is the description of her book:

“Magic The Crest tells the tale of ten-year-old Rachel and her three best friends, who discover they have extraordinary powers to save their elementary school from a terrifying flying dragon. These strong girls use their powers to follow prophecies to rescue a lost child and to find a series of coveted jewels. They battle mythological monsters, shape-shifting animals, and forces of nature in their quest for the Crest.”

I read Magic the Crest and was impressed with the action in the story. Rena combine magic, friendship and some cool sci-fi themes her first middle-grade reader.


Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageMagic The Crest

by Rena Marthaler

138 pages – ages 8+

Published by Create Space on December 20, 2013


Rena agreed to do an interview with me too!

bloglogoYou sure get the reader into the action right away! Your characters are battling dragons by page four! How important do you think it is to hook your reader right away?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageI think it is very important to hook your reader! I tried to do that with the action and exciting chapter titles. The first chapter is called “I Have Powers and a Sword.” Another chapter is called, “Escape Except for One.” It’s an adventure story, so I wanted my readers to know that right away.

bloglogoYou thank NaNoWriMo in your acknowledgements and even make reference to it in your story (you have an eel saying “Na No Wri.” Do you think you would have written this book if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo? For those who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, could you tell us also about your experience with it?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageThe idea for my book came from a game I play with my friends at recess and I wanted to write the story before I found out about NaNoWriMo. But, NaNoWriMo motivates writers to finish the whole book so it can be published.

Writing with NaNoWriMo was exciting. I set my word count goal too high and I had to write a lot to finish by the end of the month. My mom let me skip some of my homework. But don’t take that as a reason to join NaNoWriMo. There are hundreds of other great reasons to be a writer in that contest.


bloglogoI think I’ll have to try our NaNoWriMo this year. Okay, so where did Lily and Ashley get the pizza and soda from when they were way up on Mt. Hood in the middle of nowhere?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageThe weird thing is, I really have no idea where Lily and Ashley get the pizza and soda. It’s the twist in that scene. A lot of odd things happen in my book!

bloglogoYou left the reader with quite a cliffhanger in “Magic The Crest.” Are you writing another book in the series?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageYes. A lot of my classmates are telling me that I should write another one. So I’m 99.99 percent sure I will.

bloglogoI sure hope you do write another! What do you like to do other than write?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageI like to visit new places. I have sat on a crocodile in Thailand, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and learned how to snorkel. But at home, I like normal stuff like reading, spelling, basketball, video games, playing with friends and my dogs, and making French toast and lemon bars. I like a lot more than that, too, but I don’t want to bore you.

bloglogoHmm… maybe you could mail me some of those lemon bars… If you could sit down with one author (living or dead) and have a conversation, who would it be and why?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageOh, my! Rick Riordan. His books have cliffhangers at every moment, the characters are loyal and persistent, and they don’t give in to their enemies. His characters are smart alecks but in an endearing way.


GREAT answer Rena! 🙂 Thanks for doing this interview!

To learn more about Rena, visit  her Facebook page HERE and her website HERE.

Magic the Crest is available on AMAZON HERE.

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