'A middle-grader with a concept that will entrance a lot of readers' - Tom Flood
Would you believe me if I were to tell you that everything you have been told about dragons is wrong, and that rather than being dangerous creatures of monstrous size they are about the size of a bee and make a magical honey?
Aureley is a story for middle-readers with a strong focus on science, technology, dragons and bees.
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Reviews for Aureley
Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite - 5 stars
Suppose the dragons of legend were really not at all what people have long thought them to be? Suppose they were really quite small, and not the monstrous behemoths of epic size, terrorizing villages and grabbing unwary maidens? Mai Field’s imaginative adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens, Aureley, works on just such a supposition -- and it does so brilliantly. Field’s characters are marvelous, especially Tom and his partner-in- adventure, Lucy Lombard. The plot is well crafted and credible, and the hiking, rafting and outdoor adventuring Tom, his cousins and the Lombards indulge in as they try to help the dislocated dragon colony is almost as much fun to read about as being out there for yourself. While listed as children’s fiction, anyone with an interest in fantasy and adventure should consider giving this book a try. Aureley is highly recommended.
Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars
Mai Field takes a unique twist on dragons which is refreshing and charming. These dragons are flipped entirely from the typical idea of dragons, which are usually thought of as deadly, dangerous, and huge creatures. Field provides plenty of humor through the dragons which have a taste for chocolate and a penchant for stealing it. Tom has an infinity for learning about bees from the beginning, which makes him the perfect person to discover and protect these dragons. Field has a keen eye for details about the dragons and uses elements of bees for inspiration. The dragons also play a role in bringing him and Lucy together. When Lucy discovers the dragons, she quickly takes it upon herself to become his partner in this secret. She has a strong personality and balances out Tom's quieter nature which often provides humor throughout their exchanges.
They're two unlikely people who team up to protect these dragons and keep them safe, and along the way develop a true partnership. As Tom and Lucy protect these dragons, they realize it's not easy to keep them hidden as the hive continues to grow and becomes more active. The two friends are faced with a difficult decision when a friend ends up sick and the doctors can't find a cure. Aureley explores the conflict these two friends are having to keep the dragons' secret while also weaving in the miraculous abilities of the dragons, zany exploits, and the bond of friendship.
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