“Dragons are real, and they’re coming.” I shook while I knelt before the hearth and crackling fire. How could they be real? How could any of this happen?
Su Yin placed a hand on my back. “I am sorry, Yanka. I wish…”
“Wish? Don’t do that. Don’t tell me you wish.” I turned away from the fire to look across the cabin to my sleeping brothers. “They believe you can save us. That you can stop the dragons.” I faced Su Yin. “But you can’t, can you?”
She opened her mouth, but hesitated. “We will protect you.”
“If you’re able to stop them, then why did you need mama? Why tell her that she’s the only one who can stop them? And why are you still here if she can?”
Su Yin touched my face and I closed my eyes. The tears fell. Anger and fear raged in my stomach and chest. I wanted to scream, to run.
Dragons were real. I saw them with my own eyes.
They were coming. I had no doubt.
But I could not rage against the princess. She and the king and prince were here to protect us.
No. I could not blame them. I could not be so childish. Not when mama needed me to watch over my brothers.
I collapsed with my head on Su Yin’s lap. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
She stroked my hair, like mama did when I was a little girl and scared. Su Yin sang and sleep wrapped me in its gentle arms.
Yanka and the Dragons:
Ten year-old Yanka Ouedraogo finds that dragons are not monsters of stories. They are real, and they are coming. After the arrival of mysterious Princess Su Yin, Yanka discovers her mama once bore the title of Dragon Watcher for the legendary Knights of Tiqvah. Mama leaves to stop the onslaught of dragons and tasks Yanka with protecting her two younger brothers. One problem: after her father’s death, Yanka fears she’s the last person to protect anyone. When dragons invade her village, Yanka learns they want one thing: her. Can she escape the invasion and prove able to protect her brothers? Will the mysterious Knights of Tiqvah arrive to save the day? Or will a new Dragon Watcher appear and stop the carnage in time? (Middle Grade level, but good for the whole family!)
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