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 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 more 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!

A Dash of Dragon Details

TitleA Dash of Dragon
Author
FormatKindle Edition
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherAladdin
Number of pages320 pages
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Dragons

A Dash of Dragon Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    April 18, 2017
    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.
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  • Alexandra Ott
    February 18, 2017
    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!
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  • Kim Ventrella
    March 24, 2017
    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.
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  • Diane Magras
    May 11, 2017
    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 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 rival with a competing restaurant and who seems to like her), her discomfort in the dresses that her best friend makes her wear, and her crush on a egotistical hero-in-training. While the danger is plentiful and blood—not just from magical beasts—flows more than once, the story never feels scary. Between threats of slavery or dismemberment from various henchmen, Lailu still finds time to hunt and cook the most unusual foods (I love the basilisk fish).(I received an ARC of this book from the authors in a giveaway.)
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  • Katie Nelson
    June 30, 2017
    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 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 love in this story! The writing is fun, with clever cooking references and a colorful cast of characters. The world building is fantastic, and I loved spending time in this special place where dragons, elves, and steam-punk scientists rub shoulders. Lailu is the perfect heroine--spunky, smart, but just vulnerable enough that readers can't help but fall in love with her. I raced through this story and can't wait to read more of Lailu's adventures!
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  • Ruth Gabel
    July 22, 2017
    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 g 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 going to be another adventure for Lailu in the futuresince not all threads in the plot have been sewed up.
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  • Munro's Kids
    February 10, 2017
    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 re 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 restaurant, and her friends at the same time as the plot thickens like the reheated leftovers of yesterday's Kraken Hot Pot with Batyrdactyl chunks.The world of monster cuisine feels really fleshed out, and it's kind of the "spice" of the book. The semantics of how chefs in this world go out and hunt creatures and then cook them could have been really pedantic, but it's spread out enough that it doesn't overshadow the main plot of the book.Also the idea of having gangster Elves and steampunk cooking appliances was a nice atmospheric touch. It kind of reminded me of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series a bit, which I loved to bits when I was in Middle school/ last years of elementary school.There were also moments where the writing was stellar, like when Lailu asks her dad when her mom's coming back and...And her father had hesitated, had looked so uncertain, so fragile, so unlike himself. "When she's ready," he had finally said. And then he left, too, disappearing into his work, pretending his wife's absence wasn't like one of his precious carving knives, slicing away at their family.Ok so now for some of the things I didn't like.1) If dragon blood poisons dragon meat, wouldn't the dragon meat be poisonous in the first place? Because, I mean, any hunk of meat is full of blood vessels so a nice grilled steak of mountain dragon would be like eating the equivalent of sauteed Irukandji jellyfish tentacles but really in the grand scheme of things this is so minute it doesn't make a difference and kids reading this probably don't have a university level grasp of animal physiology.2) The beginning was rocky for me because there was a lot of action to pull you in -which is perfectly fine- but not a lot of background info to back it up with. Mr. Boss and the gangster Elves were introduced right from the get go but I didn't really know much of why the restaurant was so important to Lailu, and why she was so personally invested in it as well until page 50 or so.Overall pretty solid story, hits all the right plot points at all the right moments with impeccable pacing, and everything that's set up pays off really well. And it's left open ended enough (especially in regards to Lailu's mother) that there could be a potential sequel!
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  • Teresa Yea
    December 29, 2015
    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… Runnin 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… Running a small business is hard, made much harder by a loan shark, an elven mafia, and a fierce rivalry in the form of an annoyingly cute former classmate. I love Lailu’s fierce determination and enterprising nature—a great role model for girls! Middle Grade readers will delight in A Dash of Dragon and some may be inspired to pick up a spatula.
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  • Corabel Shofner
    November 5, 2016
    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.
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  • Julianne Dunn
    July 2, 2017
    I'm so excited for this book!!!!
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