Girl with the Dragon Heart: Book Review

The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis. A tale of adventure.Can Silkie, a girl with a knack for telling stories that works at a little chocolate shop find out the secrets of the fairies before it is too late?

Title: The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Series: Tales from the Chocolate Heart : Book 2
Author: Stephanie Burgis
ISBN: 9781760401085          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: adventure, compassion

What’s it about?
This is the story of a tom-boy girl called Silke who works for the local chocolate maker. Orphaned when she was young she lives with her brother. Her best friend, Aventurine, however is a dragon and one day while protecting her she makes a statement that lands her in front of the Princess. Tasked with discovering what the fairies are really planning will take her on an adventure of self discovery and challenges.

Interesting and varied characters. Good length for individual chapters and the book as a whole.

The story meandered a little here and there with a bit too much description

The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis. A tale of adventure.My Thoughts
This is a new book and the sequel to The Girl with a Chocolate Heart (which I haven’t read ). The book is aimed at readers around the 10-13 age (Silke is about 13 years old) and is a chapter book.

The story is well written though at times I thought the description was slightly overdone for the target audience but any keen reader would have no issues.

Silke, the main character has a gift for words and talking people around and she uses that talent well in the book. It is really about her own history and self-discovery as well as the danger involved with finding out about the fairies as instructed by the princess.

A fun read that would suit individual or classroom reading. The chapters are short enough to get through in a lesson with time to reflect and do some short activity work. There are also opportunities to drawn comparisons between the current immigration climate (and the differing sentiments) and the book -so a great Text-to-World opportunity (and depending on the demographic of your classroom it may provide reflection for Text-to-Self as well).

Overall, it is a good choice for adventure seeking readers with a focus on girls.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for the free copy.

What do you think?