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The Last Dragon - Polly Ho-Yen

Yara has only glimpsed the last dragon on Earth twice in her twelve years. She’s got other things to worry about: her sister is in hospital, her parents are panicking, and her new teacher has labelled her a troublemaker and wants her out. But one evening, in the glow of the lights of the shopping centre in Milton Keynes, Yara finds herself being watched by the last dragon and, before it departs, it leaves her a gift: its only dragon egg.


Entrusted with the care of the last dragon egg, Yara discovers it is more powerful than she could ever have imagined. But there are others who want the egg and they’ll stop at nothing to steal it for themselves…


So pleased to be a part of the blogtour for this...another absolute cracking read from brilliant author Polly Ho-Yen.


Telling the story of lead chatacter Yara as she battles her personal demons: a sick sibling, school issues and fear for the futute, this incredible tale tells of what happens when she is entrusted with what may be the ladt ever dragon's egg, and the choices she must make to do whats right, in spite of her personal pressures and the sinister looming threat of the Dragon Detection Squad, determined to west it from her....


Touching, exciting, and beautifully capturing the internal turmoil of a character battling to come to terms with potential loss and change, this is a sublime short novel that will capture and engage readers as the plot races to an exciting conclusion.

A story full of hope, courage and loyalty, I loved the fact this was a story featuring a staple of fantasy stories in a beautifully described dragon, but rooted brilliantly and compleyely believably in contemporary, recognisable modern-day life!


The image of a dying last dragon was also a heartbreaking call to look at our own values, with greed and avarice a key element of the story and the sinister and explicit threats to Yara from the agencies desperate to get their hands on the precious egg she has been entrusted with.


Another great tale from this brilliant author, this would make a fantastic class read....you can tell Polly is an ex-teacher and is fully aware of the power of ending chapters with a groan-inducing cliffhanger to keep the reader coming back for more!


AUTHOR

Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. She studied English at Birmingham University before working in publishing for several years.

Her first novel, Boy in the Tower, published in July 2014 by Random House Children’s Publishers, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel Where Monsters Lie was published in 2016 and her third novel, Fly Me Home, was published in 2017. Both of these novels were also nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her husband.



My thanks to publisher KnightsOf and Ed.pr for a copy of the book and a spot on the blogtour.


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