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Oct 03 2014

Billy is a dragon: Shadow shifter by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

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Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780857983152.
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. Billy is a dragon: Shadow shifter is the second book in the series and picks up where the first book finished. Our main character, 10 year old Billy, is able to turn into a dragon. His sister was kidnapped by werewolves in the first book and Billy and his friends are searching for her.
Billy faces all the same issues as other children - cranky teachers, bullies, teachers who are really werewolves and werewolf knights! (Well maybe not quite the same problems as others!) His parents believe his sister has run away and they don't know whether to be concerned or happy (they aren't your typical parents) but despite this, Billy is worried about telling them he is a dragon. Billy believes he can find his sister on his own, he is a dragon after all, but is he too inexperienced? Can he battle the werewolf knights and win? Will he find his sister?
Billy is a dragon: Shadow shifter is full of action, comedy and adventure. It is highly recommended for boys aged 9 and older. There are black and white images scattered throughout the novel making it an appealing read. The text is descriptive and quick moving and the use of different-sized fonts for adjectives and keywords emphasises what is going on.
Kylie Kempster

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