Klimo, Kate. The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. New York: Random House, 2008.
Jesse gets more that he bargained for when he finds a thunder egg on the mountain. Usually, thunder eggs contain beautiful crystals. But Jesse’s thunder egg is different. For one thing, it talks. It also refuses (three saw blades sacrifice themselves) to be cut open. What Jesse’s really found is a dragon egg. When it hatches, he and his cousin Daisy do their best to care their new friend Emmy (short for Emerald) and protect her from the evil St. George.
What I thought: A fantastic story with great character. The magic is just part of the story. The fantasy is not so fantastic that it’s unbelievable. I like that the book has both male and female protagonists. I think this broadens the appeal. The Dragon in the Sock Drawer reminds me of Janet Taylor Lisle’s The Gold Dust Letters (first in her Investigators of the Unknown series). I eagerly await the next installment in the Dragon Keepers series.