A Dash of Dragon

A Dash of Dragon A thirteen year old master chef has a lot to prove as she tries to run a five star restaurant cook the perfect dragon cuisine repay a greedy loan shark and outsmart the Elven mafia in this entertai

  • Title: A Dash of Dragon
  • Author: Heidi Lang Kati Bartkowski
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A thirteen year old master chef has a lot to prove as she tries to run a five star restaurant, cook the perfect dragon cuisine, repay a greedy loan shark, and outsmart the Elven mafia in this entertaining novel that combines all of the best ingredients fantasy, humor, adventure, action, cute boys, and a feisty heroine Lailu Loganberry is an expert at hunting dangerous beasA thirteen year old master chef has a lot to prove as she tries to run a five star restaurant, cook the perfect dragon cuisine, repay a greedy loan shark, and outsmart the Elven mafia in this entertaining novel that combines all of the best ingredients fantasy, humor, adventure, action, cute boys, and a feisty heroine Lailu Loganberry is an expert at hunting dangerous beasts And she s even better at cooking them.For years Lailu has trained to be the best chef in the city Her specialty Monster cuisine When her mentor agrees to open a new restaurant with Lailu as the head chef, she s never been excited But her celebration is cut short when she discovers that her mentor borrowed money from Mr Boss, a vicious loan shark If they can t pay him back, Lailu will not only lose her restaurant she ll have to cook for Mr Boss for the rest of her life.As Lailu scrambles to raise the money in time, she becomes trapped in a deadly conflict between the king s cold blooded assassin, the terrifying elf mafia, and Mr Boss ruthless crew Worst of all, her only hope in outsmarting Mr Boss lies with the one person she hates Greg, the most obnoxious boy in school and her rival in the restaurant business.But like Lailu always says, if you can t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen And she s determined to succeed, no matter the cost

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    1. I adore this book! It's fun, fast-paced, and full of adventure. The fantasy world is so unique, from the variety of mystical creatures to the technology. The entire cast is full of vivid and memorable characters, and I absolutely love Lailu. Highly recommend for fans of middle grade fantasy!

    2. A kick-butt heroine, conniving villains and loads of adventure. A Dash of Dragon is a ton of fun! The fantasy world mixes technology, mythical creatures and high-stakes cooking. Middle grade fantasy fans will fall in love with Lailu and this fast-paced read.

    3. I see a hit cooking show coming to airwaves near you: Master Monster Cuisine, with Lailu Loganberry.But the producer would be hard pressed to match the pace and imagination of this delightful romp.The Elven mafia livens things up as does the ruthless loan shark. I might add that the threat of having to cook for said shark for the REST OF YOUR LIFE is a pretty good motivator.Middle Grade readers will delight in this fantasy.

    4. The cooking adventure story you won't want to put down!Lailu Loganberry is a chef specializing in cooking mystical beasts. After becoming the youngest graduate of cooking academy, Lailu decides to open a restaurant with her immensely talented but somewhat unreliable mentor, Slipshod. When she finds out that Slipshod borrowed money from a sketchy loan shark, Lailu has to rely on her wits, her skills, and her friends to save her restaurant--and her life--in this exciting story!There is so much to [...]

    5. I love stories where a female protagonist isn't your usual girl, and Lailu Loganberry, protagonist of this novel, certainly is unique. She's a masterful chef as well as hunter of the magical beasts that she puts on her restaurant's menu. All she wants is to make her restaurant a success, but her cooking mentor's unwise deal with the loan shark Mr. Boss drags her into a shady new world. The story is often humorous, thanks to Lailu's exchanges with her old rival from school (who is now a serious r [...]

    6. Lailu Loganberry is a thirteen year old Jane-of-All-Trades. She’s plucky chef specializing in cooking mythical beasts, a monster hunter, and junior restaurant entrepreneur. This story has all the ingredients for a perfect MG read: a plucky heroine, thrilling monster hunts, and all the steampunk gadgetry you can ask for. And that’s not to mention the delectable dragon cuisine and kraken hot pot! Lailu is the original hipster chef and her start-up restaurant, Mystic Cooking, is beyond cool… [...]

    7. E ARC from EdelweissUnfortunately I love The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart so much that it was a little harder for me to get into A Dash of Dragon. I did enjoy it, and will probably purchase a copy for my fans of E.D. Baker, Wrede's Dealing with Dragons, or Lairamore's Ivy's Ever After. It will be a good book to hand to readers who want strong girls having medievalish adventures involving cooking.

    8. Lailu Logenberry is an intrepid thirteen year old hunter/masterchef who cooks batyrdactyls, dragons and other creatures into delicious recipes. When her mentor, Slipshod, puts the restaurant in debt to Mr. Boss, it is up to Lailu to sort out the many problems this brings. The intricate plot involves Hannah her best friend, Greg her arch-rival, Ryon a mysterious young spy, Elister who is the king's scary executioner, and a band of very scary elves.The books ending makes it seem like there is goin [...]

    9. An absolutely charming and delightful middle-grade debut! Perfect for kids who love magic, a spunky heroine, and adventure galore. Highly recommended!

    10. I love this story of Lailu fighting against the world (essentially) to achieve her dream of having a mystic cooking cafe that is affordable to the masses. She faces oppressive class and economic organization structures, physical limitations (she's 13 and chickens are scary as hell), misogyny in her personal and professional life, and elves (stupid elves). I love the world the authors have created. And how the introduction of our world's conveniences (printing press, car) seem to absolutely boggl [...]

    11. Totally charming! A great main character, great supporting characters, and great villains. I loved the cooking aspect of the story, which goes wonderfully with the fantasy elements and produces something unique.

    12. It starts out slowly with a lot of background information, but gradually picks up pace to become an engaging read.

    13. Lang, Heidi and Kati Bartkowski A Dash of Dragon, 311 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2017. $18. Lailu may only be 13, but she has mastered the art of hunting dangerous beasts and turning them into delectable dishes. Instead working as a private chef, she and her mentor are trying something new – a place where ordinary people can come and try these dishes previously reserved for the wealthy. However, the money came from Mr. Boss, a manipulative loan shark. If Lailu doesn’t pay the money back in a su [...]

    14. SLJ gr 3-6 (although I think maybe gr 5+ 309 pgs13 year old Lailu is determined to prove that she's better chef than her former classmate Greg. Unlike Greg, who's family is rich, nothing comes easy for Lailu. Her mentor, once known as a great chef, is unreliable and her small restaurant, Mystic Cooking, is small and off the beaten path. As if that wasn't hard enough, Lailu discovers her mentor is in debt to Mr. Boss. If they don't earn enough money to pay back the loan in less than a week, they' [...]

    15. Absolutely excellent. This novel sets up an extremely detailed and vibrant fantasy world, one I hope to read dozens more stories about. I was completely enthralled by the complex and gripping conspiracy story, and I found myself reminded of the KEEPER OF LOST CITIES series (another favorite on my bookshelf). The main character was a great lead, with her own little flaws and rough edges that made her feel very natural. The action was thrilling, the cooking was magical, and the characters were mem [...]

    16. This was a super cute read that I really enjoyed. Lailu Loganberry is a kick-butt heroine that, at only 13, owns her own restaurant, solves mysteries, and hunts dangerous beasts like dragons to cook. It was easy to read and age appropriate for its middle school audience. There is tons of mystery that keeps the reader hooked and guessing what's going to happen next. I definitely recommend for 10-14 year olds.

    17. Why can't books targeting adults have as much fun and intrigue as this book did? I loved how dedicated Lailu was to her dream and how determined she was for her to reach it on her own terms. I hope there is a sequel.

    18. I really loved this book! But I do think that Liolu faced too much as just a 12 year old startong a restrunt. Maybe one less problem? But I do think that there is opertunity for a second book with the perade thing that the elf was talking about

    19. This was a lot more violent and dark than I was expecting from a middle grade novel, but I can't say that I was disappointed by that. Lailu was a great protagonist and I hope for more books written in this universe.

    20. Initial Thoughts: I thought this was going to be slightly more about magical cooking and less about some crazy court intrigue/mystery/mafia plan that the protagonist becomes embroiled in, but it was interesting nonetheless.

    21. Such a fun book. Funny and creative. Loved the fantasy world and Lailu. I really enjoyed this and now will pass it along to my kids. Definitely recommend, and look forward to more from these authors.

    22. Overall I liked the book and it was a quick, fun read! Full of adventure, good pacing, and the villains aren't just villains for villainy's sake. They all have their motivations for doing what they do, and while they have a bone to pick with Lailu (the protag) and Mystic Cooking (her fine dining startup restaurant) they also have bones to pick with each other, so really Lailu for the most part is just caught in the crossfire and she boldly has to figure out a way to save herself, her beloved res [...]

    23. What I love most about A Dash of Dragon is that it gleefully turns the fantasy genre on its head. Dragons? Delicious delicacies! Elves? Conniving mobsters! Heroes? Scrappy, smart young women who are independent and empowered!A Dash of Dragon is excellent for all ages, but especially for young readers. It delivers an engaging story with charming main characters, all in a uniquely built fantasy world. It's funny, fast-paced, and completely novel. Where else will you find a plucky young heroine hun [...]

    24. I loved this book! Heidi Lang places her super tough, super fun heroine into a great fantasy world - and adds cooking! The adventure is fun. The stakes are high. And there's plenty of humor to keep you laughing along the way. Middle grade fantasy fans are going to love this one!

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