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Dragons in a Bag

(Dragons in a Bag #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  278 reviews
The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author!

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don't le
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Random House
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
Ahhhhh this book is so deliciously fun! It's full of imagination, joy, humor and adventure, with an enormous underpinning of heart to ground it all. I love cantankerous old Ma the witch (who's more than fierce enough to ride a T-Rex!), I love the real, believable grey areas around the magical debates and family relationships, and I adored every minute of this book. I'm reading it out loud to my 9-year-old every chance we get, because he's loving it too, but I couldn't resist reading ahead on my ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
We listed to the audio book on a recent long car trip with our grandkids—everyone loved it and we are looking forward to sharing the next one!
Antoinette Scully
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaxon is forced to spend the day with Ma, a woman he just learns is his grandmother. She isn’t interested in babysitting and Jaxson would rather be somewhere else. But Ma is strange and strange things keep happening at her apartment- like a recently delivered package that moves all on its own! After some poking, Jaxson learns that the box contains dragons and Ma had to deliver them to their final destination. Is Jaxson up for the challenge of being Ma’s new helper? // I loved this book. Read it ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know I loved this book! I interviewed the author, Zetta shared about it on my blog at: . :) ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
A delightful, magical story.

"I know you like geography, Jax, but the place we're going to isn't on any map you've ever seen." (p.52)
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyeone with some magic still in their souls
Recommended to Ivonne by: The Washington Post
Jaxon’s life has not been easy; his father’s dead, his mother’s the only family he has, and the landlord is intent on evicting the two of them. But just one day is about to change his whole life.

Parents, if possible, do not read the children the blurb to this — pardon the pun — magical book. It gives too much away. Just tell them this. Jaxon’s mom, Alicia — desperate to stave off eviction and with nowhere else to turn — begs a curmudgeonly old lady to watch Jaxon for just a few hours. The stern
Ms. Yingling
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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When Jaxon's mother must go to court to appeal an eviction notice, she takes Jaxon to stay with the grandmother he has never met for the afternoon. "Ma" is not thrilled to see either Alicia or Jaxon, but agrees to take care of him. She has an odd, musty apartment, and it's not long before Jaxon finds a bag of dragons under her care! It quickly becomes apparent that Ma is a witch, and one of the problems she has with Jaxon's mother is that she didn't want to be a part of
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
This was a really fun and diverse middle grade urban fantasy which also contains alternate dimensions. I also loved the exploration of different relationships be they friend or family or estranged family member or friends who were once like family.

My one major complaint was the length. I get that this is perfect set up for a second book, but I'd have rather that the problem was resolved and then that we got a different apprenticeship story in the second book, but obviously that's just my person
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, netgalley
A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for providing me a copy of “Dragons in a Bag″ by Zetta Elliott in exchange for my review. “Dragons in a Bag” was a nice, interesting book and I feel a good start to the series.

Let’s start with the characterization. It’s really hard to dislike any of the characters as all of them are charming in their own manner. My favorite characters in the story are Ma and Trub. What I surprisingly enjoyed was that the characters and the settings are sti
~Cyanide Latte~
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone!
The world needs more books like this one. And I want more books like this one. I would have devoured it in a heartbeat if it had existed when I was a child, and I devoured it in a heartbeat as an adult. I'm so glad it exists for children today, and Zetta Elliott deserves a ton of love for writing this story and not giving up on getting it published!

Do I fit into the target demographic or intended audience of this book? No, I don't. But I love that it exists, and it is every bit as magical as any
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dragons in a Bag is a whimsical, moving, and magical tale. Perfectly tailored to it’s intended audience, Dragons In a Bag, hits all the right notes.

Jaxon and his Mom are in trouble. They’re on the cusp of losing their apartment to an eviction. This is how Jaxon winds up at his grandmother’s house whom he’s never met before.

His Mom leaves him there while she goes to fight the courts to keep their apartment. Except Ma is less than enthused about having a house guest. She’s in the middle of somethi
An utterly charming middle-grade fantasy with a refreshingly diverse cast. Jax, a young black boy, is unexpectedly dropped off with a surly woman his mother calls “Ma” one day, while Mama goes to court to fight their eviction from their Brooklyn apartment. It doesn’t take Jax too long to find out that Ma is a witch — and Mama used to be her apprentice! But why has Jax never met her? Why doesn’t Mama talk about her? And what is in that box from Madagascar?

This promises to be the first in a series
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Jaxon and his mom are on the verge of being evicted from their apt., while his mom goes to court to attempt to correct the problem, she needs to have Jaxon stay with "Ma", supposedly his grandmother, or is she? Jaxon doesn't want to stay with her for even a minute, she's mean and she's old, but there is no one else that he can stay with.

What Jaxon doesn't know is the power that "Ma" has, however, after the strange package arrives, and "Ma" and Jaxon have to deliver it, does Jaxon realize that qu
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to the sequel!
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
SO GOOD! We can't wait for the next one to come out!
This was a fun ride! An urban fantasy featuring dragons. The story had a really sweet tone which I loved.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is pure magic! I wish Zetta's world was our know the magical bits not the terrible landlords trying to evict good people. Less fear more magic!!
Jaxon 's mother leaves him for the day with an elderly woman, Ma. Ma takes Jaxon with her to make a delivery, after informing Jaxon that she's a witch. Things don't go as planned, and Jaxon must rely on his good sense and his friends, both old and new, to deal with a number of new challenges.
This was a sweet story about a nine-year old boy with a love of geography, who understands a lot more going on around him than his mother thinks, and who proves resourceful and quite determined when faced wi
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
first up: I blanked on the title of this for a moment and searched for "bag of dragons" and this was still the top hit, so thanks for that, GoodReads

anyway, this is a DELIGHTFUL middle grade urban fantasy. I read it all in one sitting and can't wait to learn more about this world (and Kavita's dragon). Jax is such a great protagonist--a smart, curious boy who wants to do the right thing....but dragons?!--and so much is communicated about him and his relationship with his mother through relativel
Sarah Sammis
Elliott has created a fascinating urban landscape that blends the ordinary of city life with the extraordinary of magic and alternate worlds. Just as Doctor Who has turned the now obsolete Police Boxes into a space ship and time machine, Jaxson's Brooklyn has ways into other worlds and times.

As the book is only 160 pages with illustrations, it would make a great book to read aloud in a classroom setting or as a bed time story over the course of about a week.

33FF66 - Family utopia offroad

Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Good start to a story -- the boy discovers the world of magic and makes some commitments and some mistakes. But I didn't feel any of the plot strands got resolved -- his relationships with his mother and other family, his growth as an individual agent, the health of the dragons. The next few books should address this, but I like a bit of closure in each volume.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5 Stars

Dragons in a Bag is a early middle grade novel/late elementary novel that focuses on a young boy named Jaxon who is sent to spend a day with a woman called Ma, who turns out to be much more than she seems. It’s a wonderful inclusive fantasy novel that shines a light on people, family dynamics, and places that we don’t normally see in young fantasy.

Upon opening Dragons in a Bag I was immediately charmed by it. So often we get books in this age range that is majority based, Caucasian and
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545onlinec
When Jaxon, a 9-year-old African-American boy growing up in modern day Brooklyn, is dropped off by his mother at “Ma’s” house for the day, a magical experience begins. Jaxon soon learns Ma, whom he had believed to be his Grandmother, is actually a witch. Not only that, she is a witch that has been tasked with returning three dragons to a land where magic will allow them to live. Jaxon is enlisted as an apprentice to Ma and soon finds himself traveling first to the time of dinosaurs and then to a ...more
Rachel Hulicki
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Dragons in a Bag is a fantasy novel about a boy named Jaxon and the adventure he goes on with his Ma. Jaxon does not expect to be left at Ma’s house one day, and most certainly does not expect to find out that she is a witch and needs help transporting dragons across the city of Brooklyn, New York. This story touches on themes like the complexity of families, gentrification and segregation. This story shows kids that magic can happen anywhere and to anyone, as long as they believe and have hope. ...more
Elizabeth Eakes
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dragons in a Bag is a perfect mix of the real world with a world of fantasy. Zetta Elliott’s characters are unique and mysterious, resulting in an exciting, refreshing, and fun read. This book is a great model of representation in fantasy, as all of the characters are people of color and the protagonist is a courageous young Black male (Jax) with a loyal heart and a knack for geography. Jax has a long day of adventures when his mother leaves him with “Ma”, an old woman with lots of surprises up ...more
Jax isn't happy that his mama dropped him off with an old lady he has never met. And then it turns out Ma is a witch and has a bag of dragons to deliver to a magical dimension. While Jax agrees to work with Ma as her assistant for the day, things don't go exactly as planned. First they don't make it to the magical world but to the past in the time of dinosaurs instead! And then Ma and Jax get separated and Jax is left on his own with the dragons. He gets help and eventually finds Ma again, but o ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We chose this for the first read in a kids' book club I put together this summer, and it was SUCH a fun read aloud and led to a great discussion with the kids! My 7-year-old and I are looking forward to the sequel.
Aliza Werner
Love this new fantastical and magical book for early middle grade readers. Featuring diverse characters, dimension and time travel, magic, and mystery.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The audio version is great! My husband heard me listening to it one morning, and upon hearing Ma's voice, it sparked memories of his own grandmother. He then regaled me with several funny impersonations of his grandmother and his grandfather that had us both laughing.
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