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The Winter of the Sea Dragon by Mary Davies – Giveaway

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 6, 2012


Enter to win one of three ebook copies of Mary Davies‘s The Winter of the Sea Dragon

Are you ready to go on a fantastical, winter adventure? We dare you!

Giveaway begins November 6, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 4, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 9-13

eBook: 130 pages

Overview

The Winter of the Sea Dragon begins with a baby, Maia, whose mother dies giving birth to twins, though not before passing on a great secret that has passed down her family for many generations. Maia and her sister Polly are left with foster parents in an orphanage, but as they grow up an extraordinary winter descends, bringing endless snow and ice. Maia’s friend Griff, a swamp ogre, tells her that it’s being caused by a sea dragon, Thunder Beast, who has almost recovered from terrible injuries inflicted on him by human beings hundreds of years before. When Maia also learns that she holds the key to Thunder Beast’s downfall, she risks the anger of her caregivers and sets out with Polly and friends Titus, Davey, Otis and Meg to find the evil beast and destroy him. This story will be enjoyed both by children, teens and adults who enjoy stories that combine adventure and fantasy.

About the Author

Mary works with young children and their families in an early childhood centre, a job she loves. When time allows, her favourite things are to read books and go off adventuring and looking for fossils and minerals.
Illustrator bio – Melina has a great sense of humour! Her favourite activities include reading, gaming, drawing and studying classics and history. She loves anything medieval, including sword fighting and archery.

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Prizing courtesy of Mary Davies.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • These are nice books

    November 15, 2012
  • Thank you for the feedback, Joanne…I wonder if you have read the story, and if so, how you liked it?

    November 16, 2012
  • Just want to post the review for this book from Kirkus, in case it encourages anyone to read it:
    THE WINTER OF THE SEA DRAGON
    Davies, Mary
    Illus. by Bourne, Melina
    Amazon Digital Services
    $0.99 e-book
    January 13, 2012
    In Davies’ debut fantasy novel, the last of the sea dragons is about to end
    human life on Earth—but not if an orphan, her chums and a smattering of
    mythological creatures can help it.
    A giant beast is causing some serious bad weather—an endlessly deepening
    winter—that threatens orphaned Maia, her twin Polly and their friends, the
    triplets, with certain death. Maia’s supernatural acquaintances—the swamp ogres,
    the forest ogres, the snow folk and the giant nightbirds—aren’t immune either.
    Davies has framed their quest to meet and do battle with the beast deftly, with gathering portent. The gradual introduction of evermore winsome
    and vile creatures and a steady series of tests—from demonic possession to gregarious ogres who must avoid sunlight or turn to stone—leads the
    protagonists forward in a web of solidarity, separations and unplanned reunions. The story can’t help but make readers ponder environmental
    issues—in this case global freezing, though the point is taken. Davies writes with a subdued but evocative power about the forces of nature: the
    bite of cold, how a driving snow can steal a sense of direction, the dazzle of a snow devil as it spirals into the air. Maia is earmarked as the faerie
    daughter who will save the day with plenty of help from her friends and no sense of the superhero about her; instead, “a tingle threaded its way
    through Maia’s dread.” It is thoroughly admirable the way all of the characters stand up to evil, which comes in a variety of shapes and styles
    from the Thunder Beast to ghosts that play havoc with human emotions to eels full of mischief and a taste for human babies. Davies creates a
    fantastic and timely tale that will delight young readers and their parents.
    A pleasing alchemy of wonderstruck magic and dark revenge.
    Kirkus

    November 24, 2012
  • For my daughter.

    November 30, 2012
  • Congratulations to Evie Harris, Sandra Bon, and Joanne Mruczek! You will each be receiving an e-book copy of Mary Davies wintery tale. Enjoy!

    December 5, 2012
  • Thank you so much!! I am looking forward to reading this book.

    December 6, 2012

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