- Age Range: 7 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 7
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Blooming Tree Press; First Edition edition (October 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933831111
- ISBN-13: 978-1933831114
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,075,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dragon Wishes Hardcover – October 23, 2008
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Dragon Wishes starts off well, and I'm glad to say it only gets better from there. I was drawn immediately into Alex's tale because I wanted to know how she would deal with this major change in her life and because she was such a compelling main character. Alex was very well-developed and I enjoyed reading along with her journey. The other characters were not as well-developed as I'd have liked them to be, but this is minor considering this story was primarily told from Alex's point-of-view. I thought it was very unique for Nyikos to incorporate the Chinese dragon tale and was surprised that it didn't really distract me from the main storyline, which I commend Nyikos for. I also really liked the mix of American, Chinese, and German cultures although I felt there could've been more German culture because that was Alex's heritage. There were a few bits and pieces in the story that I felt weren't necessary, such as Alex's guy crush and things that could've been improved, like the strength of Alex's friendship with Maddie. Nevertheless, Dragon Wishes was a well-written and moving story about family.
I was very impressed with Nyikos' debut middle grade novel and hope she plans to write more in the future. Dragon Wishes can be enjoyed by both younger and older readers, particularly fans of books with Chinese culture or novels with dragons. Readers who liked Bringing the Boy Home by N.A. Nelson will also enjoy this story.
Nyikos has a powerful gift for storytelling that comes to life in Dragon Wishes. She magically weaves together two stories to create one unified reading experience: the present-time story of a girl and her little sister coming to terms with their parents' tragic death, and an ancient story handed down through the generations about a girl who calls on the power of dragons to save her village. The transition between the two stories is seamless.
This is, by far, one of the most moving and well-written children's novels I have read since my own youth. It is one that I would read aloud to a class of students and use as in a thematic unit on Chinese art and culture (3rd - 5th grade, as a read aloud, 4th - 8th graders would enjoy it independently). It is one I will read with my daughter when she's older (she's not even two yet, but it will keep!). I will also recommend it to the school counselors I know for them to suggest to their students who have been relocated or have lost close relatives.
The dialogue is natural and relaxed, which is sometimes rare in first novels, but Nyikos writes it skillfully. The characters are believable and likable, developed over time as you experience them through their actions. Overall the tone is serious, but healthy and fitting doses of humor keep the story moving.