Title: THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME)
Author: Wade Albert White
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads
Get ready for dragons, robots, and an even more dangerous quest in the sequel to The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes!
Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have returned to Saint Lupin’s Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures, where there’s only one way to leave: pass or fail. At the annual Quest Academy awards, they’re recognized for their success in their first outing-Best Illegal Quest That Nearly Destroyed the Entire World–but a strange boy steals Anne’s gauntlet and activates a new quest that pits them against all of dragonkind. Their charge: kill the dragon queen. The problem is, Anne doesn’t want to kill any dragons! But ignoring a quest can have horrible consequences, just as killing the dragon queen would start an all-out war between people and dragons. To avert disaster, Anne and her friends will have to dodge robot attacks, defeat new foes, and survive the dangerous dragon trials just for a chance to explain.
With charming, funny text and lots of heart, The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons is the perfect read for anyone who likes fantasy with lots of laughter.
Q&A With the Author:
1. What adventure stories did you read as a child that helped shape this book’s narrative?
I would say the two books that had the most influence on the story were Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It also received a healthy dose of influence from stories like The Princess Bride by William Goldman and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
2. Who is your favorite dragon in literature and why?
Oddly enough, I’ve always liked the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit. He’s not a very nice dragon, of course, but he’s intelligent and well-rounded and you get the impression that he’s had a long and interesting history. I like characters, even villainous ones, with personality.
3. If you had to place your book’s setting in today’s world, where would you want to see the action happen?
I’m from Nova Scotia, and I actually think this would be a great setting for the story. The characters travel to a lot of different places in a short amount of time, and Nova Scotia is like that. You can go from the beach to the city to the forest to mountains all within a few hours. And if you don’t like the weather, just wait twenty minutes.
4. What other authors or books would you recommend to this blog’s readers?
If we’re talking middle grade books that I think are most comparable to my own, I would suggest The D’Evil Diaries by Tatum Flynn, The Fog Diver and The Lost Compass by Joel Ross, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series by Caroline Carlson, and Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall.
5. Describe the personality quirks of your book’s main character?
Anne is very loyal, almost to a fault. She always sees the best in others, which sometimes means she misses their less than ideal qualities. Her tone drifts further toward sarcasm the more she finds herself in trouble (not unlike myself), and she doesn’t always ask for help as quickly as she should. She’s a bit too independent sometimes—which, of course, makes for great storytelling.
Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches part-time, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME), US Only.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!
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Book looks so fun! I know my 10yo son will love!
Danielle Hammelef says
This book sounds hilarious! I love reading about dragons and the title alone makes me want to read this series.
John Smith says
That looks so fun! The cover is great! I like dragons!
Lisa Maucione says
With dragons and robots this book sounds like fun. Adventure and humor is an appealing mix for many middle grade readers. This is a series I’ll have to check out and share with my students.