Dragon Child by Stephanie Park

Serali is an unusual child who may someday change her world. But now all she wants is to find her own place in it.

Ever since her adopted parents told her the story of how she was abandoned in their inn on the night she was born, Serali has wondered who her birth parents were, and who she is. But on the day when Serali discovers that she can turn into a dragon she realizes that she needs to ask not who, but what. Is she a human with an unusual ability, or she is a dragon somehow born in human shape?

As she learns and grows she sees much of her world and the different peoples that live in it, and she begins to think that the real question is not who she is, nor even what she is, but where she belongs. A child of two worlds, she feels like an alien in both. Can she ever feel at home among the strange society of dragons? Can she ever live without fear among humans, who call dragons monsters?

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted July 10, 2009
  • Last updated July 10, 2009
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  • Retired user
    Stephanie225 wrote 4 years, 9 months ago
    I read chapter 5 Good pitch. Good descriptions. Good characters. Some nitpicks: (Grown up since I last saw you...) idea was repeated twice I also think the Bandit (from a different area/lifestyle) almost deserves a more different, rougher speech/slang to him. I also think you need to break the chapters down a little more. This chapter just seemed really long. Also, think about what is most important to the story. Is there anything that is good, but not ultimately critical ...
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    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is so well crafted and so very imaginative - it's the perefct bedside read! BACKED

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

  • Retired user
    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is so well crafted and so very imaginative - it's the perefct bedside read! BACKED

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

  • Retired user
    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is so well crafted and so very imaginative - it's the perefct bedside read! BACKED

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

  • Retired user
    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is so well crafted and so very imaginative - it's the perefct bedside read! BACKED

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

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    Vastdistances wrote 5 years, 7 months ago
    I've been trying to make up my mind about this story, I'm a sucker for this kind of plot and I don't want that to colour my review. On the one hand your characters are strong, your concept is well executed and as of chapter 9 I'm really interested to know what happens next. But, because there is always a but, I feel that it deserves a good edit. There is a hook into the origins of Serali at the ...
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    Jenni_James [Retired] wrote 5 years, 7 months ago
    Stephanie! You are a writer. This is vivid, lush, intriguing and glorious. I love it! I love the way you opened the book--it's perfect! Instantly, from the start you are thrown in a rush into a violent storm that holds an exciting undertone throughout the mysteriousness of the rest. You capture your reader immediately. Such talent! I'm so impressed. Thank you for allowing me to read your book! Shelved of course! I wish you the best of luck! Jenni James ...
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    cara_ruegg [Retired] wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    "Their underbellies painted red by the dying light" wow that was such beautiful heartwarming imagery. LOVED IT. If you wanna reach perfection though I'd use the thesaurus to come up with another word for "flash" just cause you typically don't want the same word too many times esp not in a paragraph...then again who am i to talk? it's a hard rule to keep lol :p i always break it. nonetheless this was brillantly worded and flowed very nicely. i ...
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    Maria Luisa Lang [Retired] wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Dear Stephanie, One reason this is such a pleasure to read is that your narrative iswonderfully visual. Indeed, as I was reading I felt as if I were watching a movie: your first three paragraphs constitute a long shot; next the camera moves to the interior of the inn for a series of two-shots—the innkeeper and his wife—and close-ups—the pregnant woman, then the man. You cut the Serali fourteen years later and continue to proceed cinematically: when she learns how ...
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    Amerynthe wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    I'm really enjoying this, both for the writing itself and for the storyline. The question in your pitch - is she human or is she a dragon - is intriguing and I think will appeal to any young adult who has questioned their place in the world and longed for something extraordinary to happen. You convey the impetuosity of youth very well - action over common sense! An older person would be more cautious but Serali is bold and counts ...
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    PeeJay wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Stephanie, Woah! Where did this come and why haven't I read it sooner? This is exactly the kind of thing I love to read (ie. buy), to curl up in a chair with and while away the hours getting lost in. And Dragon Child is a very good specimen of that kind of work. Clearly this is fantasy, but you don't get bogged down in over-zealous worldbuilding and unpronouncable names for people and places. Indeed, I can imagine you have ...
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  • Elaina's avatar
    Elaina wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Hello Stephanie I rather enjoyed chapter 1- evocative. But, yes, perhaps the story only properly begins in chapter 2. However, the pace is very slow and I'm not sure you'll keep young adults interested enough to move on. You have some wonderful descriptions, the kind this reader and writer certainly identifies with, but younger readers might not hark too. I remember when I was in my teens I used to skip the descriptive parts, ha ha! Great premise, flowing writing, ...
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  • Debbie's avatar
    Debbie wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Just my opinion here, but I wonder whether you’ve started this in the wrong place. The weather report at the beginning put me off and then the scene at the inn following was you the author telling us a story, as there was no emotional connection for me as the reader to any of the characters. It’s not until chapter 2 that the story actually starts, when we get to meet Serali and get inside her head. I do think ...
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  • mikegilli's avatar
    mikegilli wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    Love your book. On my shelf!
    Serali is a delicious magical creation!
    Best of luck with it.......................Mikey (The Free )

  • Cas P's avatar
    Cas P wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Hi Stephanie. I have just read your first two chapters and here are some thoughts. Ch 1 I liked your opening scenes, the descriptions of Serali's birth were quite atmospheric. I did think that there was a bit of over-writing going on and some of the sentences sounded slightly awkward. I would recommend getting someone who doesn't know the story to read it aloud to you, you'll soon hear where the writing needs changing. 'But as if...' Try not to ...
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  • Stauna's avatar
    Stauna wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    I was practically purring as I read this, snuggling with my laptop and watching the story unfold in from of me. Your setting is vivid and the birth of the baby and subsequent actions hooked me instantly. I can't wait to find out what happens next. Up on my shelf. :o)
    Stauna

  • ML Hamilton's avatar
    ML Hamilton wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Stephanie, I loved the opening with the setting. You orient us well in your world. Then the description of the inn and the innkeepers, followed by the intrigue of the woman arriving in the doorway. You do a nice job showing us the midwife arriving without telling us and the scene with the man entering made me tense. The writing flowed smoothly throughout the whole chapter until the second to last paragraph. There's something really awkward about the "flew up ...
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  • nsllee's avatar
    nsllee wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Stephanie

    Great opening, well-told. I'm not usually a one for lots of descriptive writing, especially right at the start of a book, but somehow you manage to pull it off.

    Shelved.

    Nicole

  • Sammy23's avatar
    Sammy23 wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    I won't bother repeating the tips that others have given you about the formatting of your story but I will agree that it's a very interesting start and I look forward to reading more. :D

    Happy Writing. :)

  • shawnette.nielson's avatar
    shawnette.nielson wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    Excellent writing! Descriptions of landscape and weather, which usually leave me bored silly, are truly beautiful. The dialogue seems very natural and interesting. I love the hook at the end of the chapter. Really, beautifully crafted.

    Sometimes paragraphs run rather longer than I'd prefer, but other than that, great job! A wonderful read! I'll give it a spin on my shelf.

    Shawnette