These new Branches books from Scholastic are short, have a good balance of text and illustrations, and a variety of stories from which to choose. The Dragon Masters series is perfect for students who are interested in fantasy and are gaining confidence in reading chapter books. In this first volume of the series, Drake is taken from his family's onion farm to serve in King Roland's castle. He learns that he will be a dragon master and work closely with the dragon assigned to him. There are already three other kids with dragons and they are all being rained by the magician Griffith. As they train, they all learn about the abilities each dragon has and begin to form bonds with their dragons. Drake's bond is with an earth dragon he names Worm. When there is trouble late one night and the students are trapped in a cave-in, Worm surprises them with his ability to shift rocks. But Drake is beginning to suspect that the king may not be as brave and admirable as everyone thinks. What exactly will the king expect from them? We will have to wait and see what happens as the dragon masters gain more knowledge and can communicate better with their dragons.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. We just added this title to our library through our Scholastic Book Fair.