Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Avis and the Promise of Dragons” as Want to Read:
Avis and the Promise of Dragons
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Avis and the Promise of Dragons

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"This tear was a different sort. As it fell from scales to the air it hardened and gleamed clear as ice, and formed into a diamond. Humbert hummed again but not a sad hum. This was the hum of a dragon that had just received a promise as unbreakable as diamond."

Avis has a dream to work with animals, so when a scientist with a witchy-looking house offers her a job as a pet-s
...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 2019 by Ahoy!
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Avis and the Promise of Dragons, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Avis and the Promise of Dragons

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-16
Average rating 4.29  · 
Rating details
 ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Avis and the Promise of Dragons
Melinda Szymanik
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read. Our heroine, Avis, is dealing with the cruelties of the local school bully and his mates, and the difficulties of a broken family at home. Her Dad and older brother aren't much help and Avis has more responsibility than anyone her age should have. Then she meets the witch and her menagerie who live around the corner, and discovers that being hired as a pet-sitter means something very different to what she expected. This entertaining and well written tale of magic realism touc ...more
Zac
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Avis is having a hard time at home and school. The school bully, Drake, is making her miserable and her dad and brother have changed since her mum left and shacked up with an ex-All Black. A ray of light appears in her life just when she needs it – Dr Malinda Childe. Avis dreams of working with animals and Dr Malinda offers her a job as her pet-sitter. These are no ordinary pets though. These pets are special and unusual and Avis makes a promise to keep them a secret. This isn’t the only promise ...more
Nod Ghosh
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a fabulous tale featuring a young girl who is up against many obstacles: school bullies, a nasty sibling, and a parent who is falling apart. Fate intervenes in the form of a fabled creature who needs Avis' help.

I love what the author has done with the underlying story about parental break-up, and how she handles bullying. And of course a magic ingredient plays a major role: chocolate!

There were parts where I wondered how the author would reach satisfactory resolutions, such as the witchy
...more
Desna
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good read for those who enjoy a mix in their reading. We have fantasy, bullying, secrets, family issues, as well as lots of environmental concerns. Would be a good read aloud in schools as there is much to consider in the story of Avis who is left in charge of some very unusual pets. All begins well until a storm changes everything and Avis must find the courage to do the right thing.
Anne
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is a lot crammed into this new children's fiction novel. Bullying, broken families, conservation, secrets, fame and lizards, all topped off with a helping of magic and dragons. The abundance of themes are woven together well so readers can relate to it easily. Potential read aloud.
Chelsea
rated it really liked it
Mar 14, 2020
Liz
rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2020
Linda
marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2019
Heather McQuillan
marked it as to-read
Oct 01, 2019
Kathleen Dixon
marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2019
Neil France
marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2019
Freddie Gormack-Smith
marked it as to-read
Nov 12, 2019
Anna
marked it as to-read
May 11, 2020
Cathryn Lucy
marked it as to-read
Jun 04, 2020
Steph
marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2020
Damon Parker
marked it as to-read
Oct 15, 2020
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Lizard's Tale
  • The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice
  • Nico Bravo and the Cellar Dwellers
  • The War at Ellsmere
  • A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You
  • The House of Clouds
  • InvestiGators: Take the Plunge
  • Dragon Mountain
  • The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee
  • Catch Me If I Fall
  • The Pōrangi Boy
  • The Haunting of Aveline Jones
  • Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad (Fairytales Gone Bad)
  • Tilly and the Map of Stories (Pages & Co., #3)
  • Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)
  • The One and Only Bob
  • Cool Science: Fantastic Tricks for Kids of All Ages. by Daniel Tatarsky
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington
See similar books…
Heather McQuillan is a New Zealand author who writes for children and young adults.
In 2006 Heather's first book Mind Over Matter was published by Scholastic NZ as the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award, 2005.

News & Interviews

From independent presses, to tales in translation, to critical darlings and new debut novels, these books (all published in the U.S. this year)...
51 likes · 6 comments