Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
A Dash of Dragon, The Mystic Cooking Chronicles, (Aladdin, 2017) by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski is an interesting mix of fantasy, cooking, and adventure.
Thirteen-year-old chef Lailu has apprenticed to Master Slipshod and they have opened a restaurant together. However, she didn’t know how her master had gotten the money. Not only has he put Mystic Cooking at risk, but he has promised Mr. Boss he and Lailu will work for him forever if they can’t pay. Hunting the dangerous meat for their menus–kracken, basilisk fish, and more–isn’t nearly as scary as some of their customers or the escalating problems that Lailu confronts. Will she lose her freedom or her life?
There are three books in this series. Book two, A Hint of Hydra, came out in 2018, and book three, A Pinch of Hydra in 2019.
Learn more about this team of authors–they’re sisters–here. This fall the pair has another book coming out. Whispering Pines is an “eerie heart-pounding mystery” according to the publisher. Read more here.
14 thoughts on “A Dash of Dragon”
What a neat series! For some reason, I’m always intrigued by books with a cooking aspect—maybe just because I love food! 😉 Thanks for the great review!
The cooking is definitely fun. Makes one want to try the food.
I’ve seen this one before and thought it looked adorable. I forgot all about it. Thanks!
You’re welcome. It is adorable. (Love your penguin image!)
This is an unusual series! You have me intrigued! Thanks for sharing!
Not your traditional cooking type story and this alone should grab young readers’ attention. I’d heard of this book but never knew it was a series. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.
I love MG with cooking elements, probably because I love to cook and watching cooking shows is my idea of comfort TV. I like the fantasy twist there. Will definitely be checking this out! Thanks for the wonderful review!
I’m fond of MG with cooking in them, so this goes right to my TBR list.
This sounds like a fun series. Cooking seems to be a great hook for middle-graders. Thanks for the review.
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