06 August 2007
I'm always on the look-out for comparison reccommendations (i.e. "My daughter loves the Magic Tree House series. What should she read next?") And with Harry Potter mania far from dead, all those kids who have left Hogwarts will need something new to read now that the series is complete. The Lily Quench series in an Australian import (late 90's/early 00's) featuring an intrepid girl, half dragonslayer/half botanist. Unlike her ancestors, Lily no longer slays dragons but works with them to preserve peace and justice in a place called Ashby Water, recently liberated from the clutches of the Black Count. The first title, Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby, was enjoyable enough that I've come back for more. This is setting up to be a solid middle grade chapter book series with a strong female protagonist.