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In Raising Dragons, Bryan Davis has infused fantasy into every teenager's normal high school experience. The result is riveting. The adventure mixes believable characters with heart-thumping suspense. Realistic heroes defeating delightfully evil rogues. Good versus evil it doesn't get any better than this. Readers will be furiously reading late into the night. --Donita K. Paul (Award-winning author of Dragonspell) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

    Bryan Davis is the author of the best-selling Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series, contemporary/fantasy blends for young people. His book Eye of the Oracle hit number one on the January 2007, Young Adult CBA best-seller list. His book The Bones of Makaidos won the 2010 Clive Staples Award, recognizing the best work in Christian worldview speculative fiction. With the September 2010 release of Masters & Slayers, Bryan has begun his first fantasy series for adults, Tales of Starlight.
    Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.
    Bryan continues to further his writing education by attending relevant writing conferences and conventions. Bryan is a craftsman with words and an excellent interviewee on various topics, including his books, young adult fantasy fiction, and creative writing in general.  He makes appearances around the country for book signings and for special presentations to enthusiastic young readers and developing young authors in middle schools, high schools, and homeschool groups. Although he is now a full time writer, Bryan was a computer professional for over 20 years. Bryan and his wife, Susie, have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Living Ink Books; Fifth Edition edition (June 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899571700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899571706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan Davis is the author of the following young adult fantasy series: Dragons in our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, The Reapers Trilogy, Echoes from the Edge, and Dragons of Starlight. He also wrote I Know Why the Angels dance, a contemporary novel for adults.

After working as a computer geek for 20 years, Bryan followed a dream to become an author. He began by writing a story to motivate his seven children to gain some excitement about writing, and that story grew into a novel. After spending the next eight years learning the craft and enduring more than 200 rejections from publishers and agents, he broke through with his best-selling series Dragons in our Midst. He is now a full-time author and lives with his wife, Susie, and their children in western Tennessee.

Bryan's novels have been readily accepted in schools worldwide, whether public, Christian (Protestant or Catholic), Jewish, or otherwise. Such is their wide appeal. For more information, see his website - http://www.daviscrossing.com

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At school, Billy Bannister is called Dragon Breath because of his extraordinarily scorching breath. He has been trying to hide it from his parents but it is becoming worse recently. When Billy accidentally sets off the bathroom fire systems at school because of it, he realizes he can't conceal his problem any longer. That's when Billy's parents drop the bomb: his dad is a former dragon that has been living in human form for hundreds of year- not the sort of thing a guy is expecting to find out!

The bathroom episode has other serious repercussions too. Billy and his family's dragon heritage has been revealed to the dangerous sect of the dragon slayers who- as the name suggests- are out to kill all the dragons pretending to be humans as well as their children.

I love to read fantasy, but there seems to be so little of it in the Christian market. I am so excited to have found Raising Dragons. It is well written and a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading more of the books in this series.
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J.R.R. who? Think I'm kidding? Then wait till you start reading the book.

Bryan Davis has done a masterful job of weaving together a fascinating world in this first book of the series, and should he continue his name will be mentioned in the same breath as Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Piers Anthony (Xanth), Terry Brooks (Sword of Shannara) and others.

Raising Dragons, though set in this world, is a brilliant fantasy piece that starts fast and doesn't slow down. Mr. Davis takes advantage of our prior knowledge of fantasy (who hasn't heard the Authurian legends or know of dragons) and seamlessly builds the back story into the plot of the book, always careful to provide us with just enough information to understand the unfolding events, without giving away what might be coming along.

Even though Raising Dragons is written from the perspective of a teenage boy, the way the story is written it will draw you in and capture you, regardless of your age. Along the way you'll learn to identify with the characters, appreciate the mysteries and look forward to that next page turning. And, if you're willing to trust me, trust this: you won't want to stop turning the pages! This book is a thriller with lots of twists and pleasantly unexpected turns.

The book is a great story that has a moral, but it is not story written just to convey a moral. Mr. Davis has done an adroit job of communicating honest to goodness feelings, worries, concerns and showing how the characters find their solutions without being "preachy." Which of course, is wonderful. Now, can I hear an AMEN?!

Raising Dragons: Read it, you won't regret it.
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Even though I'm an adult, and this book is geared for kids, I really enjoyed it. A story of good vs. evil that started centuries ago and rages generations later. When Billy's world is turned upside down by a father he thought he knew, he finds himself grappling with his faith. Bonnie, an orphan in foster care, longs for friends and family that will help her bear her deep secret. Will Bonnie help Billy come to terms with the truth about his father and himself? Can Bonnie trust Billy with the secret in her ever present backpack?

Raising Dragons is the first in the Dragons in Our Midst series. I intend on reading them all.
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The starter of a great series! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, RAISING DRAGONS was a tad predictable, and I'm not ashamed to admit that when I started reading it, I doubted it'd ever make the list of books I'm proud to admit I read. It felt like just another fantasy series, and even though I had friends avidly telling me that it was like Lord of the Rings, it felt... clunky.

I found the writing style the first book held wasn't quite as captivating as the remainder of the books, but gradually grew better at an incredible rate. The rest of the series certainly forgives its first couple chapters, the little tieins and incredible things brought back to light to further the plot making it even more readable.

These aren't books you can skim-read. Almost everything comes back. These aren't books you can start reading in the middle of the evening, because you'll stay up all night trying to finish them. These are books in which you'll almost want to keep bookmarks just to go back and say "AHA! So THAT'S why he said that..."

Brian Davis doesn't put in silly little details. He lines up everything, plus a bit more. The series might've started a bit awkwardly, but by the end of the book, you'll have long forgotten any misgivings at the beginning. (however, if your all time favorite books are Dune *Herbert*, the Lord of the Rings BOOKS (not movies) *Tolkien* and The Silmarillion *Tolkien*, or any others similar, I do recommand taking the books from the library before buying them. You may find the lack of descriptive prose in the writing style irritating. If you're a LotR fan simply because you loved the plot, not the incredibly lengthy descriptions of places, you'll probably love DRAGONS IN OUR MIDST, nonetheless)

All in all, I'm unashamed to recommand this book to any fans of good Christian fantasy.
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