Sunday, September 6, 2020

Bradley's Dragons Awareness Tour


Enter for a chance to win a Bradley’s Dragons prize pack!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A hardcover copy of Bradley’s Dragons, autographed by Patrick Matthews.
  • A Dragon Suncatcher, by the Glassy Geek.
Eight (8) winners receive:
  • A hardcover copy of Bradley’s Dragons, autographed by Patrick Matthews.
Giveaway begins September 1, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 30, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


Publisher’s Synopsis: The Hunters are Coming
The first time a hunter came for him, Bradley Nash was only nine years old. That was three years ago.
Now, he lives with his family in a Florida trailer park. He doesn’t remember the attack, doesn’t know anything about hunters, or dragons, or even magic.
As his twelfth birthday approaches, however, his peaceful life starts falling apart.
The hunters are coming, and if Bradley doesn’t figure out exactly who and what he is, everything he’s ever known will be destroyed.
“The novel teems with drama from the first page, and readers will be swept up by intrigue and action.” —The Children’s Book Review
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Second Story Up | July 7, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1733077743

A newspaper columnist, editor, and award-winning game designer, Patrick Matthews’ first novel was published by Scholastic in 2013. Bradley’s Dragons is his third published novel. Mr. Matthews writes fast-paced fiction that takes readers on exciting adventures but also gives them a chance to think about the world around them, to consider hard questions before they need to be answered.

Dragons in Children’s Stories
by Patrick Matthews

I think each of us has a compelling memory of either reading or being read to.

One of mine is listening to my mother read The Hobbit, and hearing Smaug’s first appearance. Smaug is the sort of character you don’t forget. He’s vivid, intriguing, and terrifying. Even though he doesn’t show up in the story until chapter twelve, he dominates the story. When he does show up, he takes your breath away, particularly if you’re a little guy listening to your mom read.

Children’s stories have come a long way since The Hobbit. Dragons are no longer limited to being the elemental forces of evil that Smaug was. Instead, they appear as everything from curious companions to mystical sages. Some stories are even told from their point of view.

These days, dragons are featured in books, movies, artwork, television shows, and even video games. But why? What is it about dragons that makes them so intriguing? Why aren’t we reading as much about unicorns, gryphons, or giants?

There’s no denying the cool factor of giant flying lizards. Add in breathing fire or doing magic, and you’ve got quite an impressive creature. I think our fascination stems from something much deeper, though.

As kids, the world around us is big. Everywhere we look, there are creatures more powerful and more informed than we are. Adults, in particular, can be inscrutable, and the things they do bear all the hallmarks of magic. Remember the first time you rode in an elevator? The doors closed in one place and opened in another. Or how about your first ride up that scary device known as an escalator?

Adults do these things with no sense of wonder, at all. They explain to you how dangerous it is to ride in a car, and how important it is to have your seat belt buckled, and then they blithely risk your life just to pick up a bottle of milk.

Trees tower above you, coming from . . . where? Yes, your parents explained about seeds, but does that really make any sense? You have to eat to get bigger. How does a tree get so big when all it eats is sunshine?

And what is a modern phone, if not completely inexplicable?

To them, and to most of us, the modern world is all magic. We don’t understand why things work. We just accept that they do and move on with our lives. It is, in that respect, the worst kind of magic. It’s magic with no sense of wonder.

Enter the dragon. It’s mysterious and magical, sometimes frightening, but always inspiring. Even when portrayed as being evil, dragons generate awe and terror. When they’re friendly, they bring out our sense of wonder, often mixed with gratefulness, compassion, and love.

Do you recognize any of those emotions within yourself?

As inhuman as dragons are, they are also completely familiar. We understand, at our most fundamental level, what it means to feel the emotions they inspire.

When Scholastic published Dragon Run (my first novel), I regularly spoke at elementary and middle schools. “I’m not saying your teachers are dragons,” I would say during a part of the presentation, “but I’m also not saying they aren’t.” It always generated nervous laughter, from both the kids and the adults.

That connection is what makes dragons so effective in literature. We may not see giant lizards flying through the skies of our world, or ever get the chance to fly on the back of one, but we understand what those things would feel like.

There are dragons all around us. We just don’t recognize them.


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The Children's Book Review
Book Review
September 2
Book Review
September 3
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk
September 4
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
September 7
Fairview Elementary School (Library)
Guest Post
September 8
Word Spelunking
September 9
September 10
Book Review
September 11
Library Lady's Kid Lit
Book Review
September 14
The Children's Book Review
September 15
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
September 16
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Guest Post
September 17
Confessions of a Book Addict

The Fairview Review is participating in the blog tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Second Story Up.


  1. My students can't get enough dragon books! This will be a welcome addition to our school library!

  2. I'm always looking for engaging books for my students. This book seems like it will appeal to many of my older students who enjoy adventure stories.

  3. My son is a big fan of dragons. I'd like to win this for him!
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