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Introducing the First Book in a Hilarious New Middle Grade Series - Dragonbreath


By Ursula Vernon

You’ll laugh until smoke comes out of your nose with DRAGONBREATH (June 11, 2009; $12.99; Ages 8 and up) by Ursula Vernon, the first book in a new middle grade series for fans of the Wimpy Kid books. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, DRAGONBREATH is perfect for reluctant readers.

Danny Dragonbreath is having a tough time. Not only is he the lone mythological creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians, but he can’t even breathe fire like other dragons – and the school bully won’t let him forget it. Plus, his last-minute report on the ocean (which he wrote on the way to school) earned him a big F, and now he has to redo it by doing actual research! Luckily, Danny’s sea-serpent cousin steps in to help with Danny’s report and gives him an action-packed tour of the ocean – complete with Mako sharks, sunken treasure, and vomiting sea cucumbers. Danny’s best friend Wendell (a very cautious Iguana) joins him for his under-the-sea adventure – but when they meet a giant squid and its even giant-er tentacles, will Danny be able to save the day?

Ursula Vernon introduces readers to an irresistible set of characters who are sure to have young readers giggling all the way to the ocean.

About The Author

Ursula Vernon ( has written and illustrated one other middle-grade novel: Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew (an Oprah’s Books Club Kids Reading List selection) as well as the Digger series of graphic novels for adults. The daughter of an artist, she attempted to rebel and become a scientist, but in the end couldn’t fight her destiny. She lives in Raleigh, NC, where she writes, draws, and in her words, “creates weird thingies.”

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