The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Stephanie Burgis,

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Bloomsbury, 2017

ISBN 9781408880319

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Who Wrote It?

Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, USA where she visited the library every week with her younger brothers. Stephanie’s love of fantasy began at an early age when her dad read her The Lord of the Rings as a child.

Between 1999 and 2000 Stephanie was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Vienna studying music history and then went on to study opera history at the University of Leeds as a PhD student. After graduating Stephanie worked for a British opera company. She is now a full time writer.

Stephanie now has a dual US/UK citizenship and lives in Wales with her husband, fellow author Patrick Samphire, their two sons and Pebbles the cat.

What's It About?

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she captures tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she finds herself transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw. She's still the fiercest creature in these mountains though - and now she's found her true passion: chocolate!

Fact File

Stephanie has published over thirty short stories for adults and teens.

Her book A Most Improper Magick won the Waverton Good Read Award for Best Début Children’s Novel by a British writer.

Stephanie spent seven years living in Yorkshire.

The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart was published by Bloomsbury UK on 9th February 2017.

Stephanie is very close to her younger brothers.

To find out more about Stephanie check out her website www.stephanieburgis.com or follow her on Twitter @stephanieburgis.

Your Reviews

Hollie from Westgate Primary School:

Adventurine is a young Dragon who is tricked into drinking enchanted hot chocolate. She realizes what she was made to do - eat chocolate! Making unlikely friends along the way, Adventurine wonders something- will she ever see her family again?

This book is great for all ages, though I would reccomend 9-15. It is hard to understand in some places, but once you get into it, you are set for a rollercoaster of emotions!

Hollie gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Mae from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I love Aventurine and Jasper.I didn't realise until I finished the book that they were the names of crystals! I think I especially LOVE it because it is about dragons and it is fantasy.I think it is really nice that the people at the chocolate heart let Aventurine work there. I also don't like Greta.

Mae gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Harris from Barwick in Elmet C OF E Primary School:

I rated this book 4 out of 5 because every bit of it pulls you in more than the last. I have only read to chapter 5 and it is so intriguing.

Harris gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Boy with One Name by J R Wallis.

Milly from Barwick in Elmet primary:

I really love this book because it's really intriguing and it feels like the book is glued to your hands every time i pick it up! I also I've this book because its all about fantasy, I would definitely recommend this book to all. :)

Milly gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lily from Barwick-in-Elmet primrary school:

I have only read up to chapter 5,but I am hooked so far. This book is about a dragon; Adventurine wants to explore, but her Mother says every dragon who leaves a cave has to be 30.Adventurine wishes for the day to come. When Adventurine secretly leaves the cave, she meets someone down the path... Chapter1 to 5 in 4 words: Angry-fireballs encanted hot-chocolate and Dragon.

Lily gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Maddie from Barwick-in-Elmet CofE Primary School :

I'm a fussy person when it comes books. I wouldn't have chosen this book but now I'm reading it I am quite intrigued in it. I have only read to chapter 5 so far I think that it is a good book but I'm not as gripped as other books I've read. I can't wait to read the rest of the book

Maddie gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Sophie from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School :

I have read into chapter 14 it took a while to like the book but now I've read more than half I think it is a great book. My favourite part is when Aventurine gets allowed to work in the chocolate heart with Marina and Horst.

Sophie gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Ella from Barwick C of E primary school:

I honestly love this book i want it to last forever;i dont know how you wrote this Stephanie it is the best. :)

Ella gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Boy with One Name by J R Wallis.

Poppy from Barwick in Elmet C.E Primary School:

Hi,I personally wouldn't choose this book to read if it was of my shelf. The reason I don't like this book is because I am not really into fantasy I usually read adventures books but I am going to carry on to see if I will change my mind.

Poppy gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Sophia from Barwick In Elmet C Of E Primary School:

I am a fussy person with books but I really like this.It grasps me in so much even though I have only read to chapter 6. I can't wait to read the rest of the book. I am so much more gripped than I thought I would be.

Sophia gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Ella from Barwick C of E primary school:

I absolutely love this book,it hooked me in from the start. I am now on chapter 6 and Adventurine is just ran away from Greta and Friedrich. she has entered the city and is overwhelmed by the amount of humans. As i said i absolutely love this book.

Ella gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Boy with One Name by J R Wallis.

Molly from Barwick-In- Elmet C of E Primary School:

I have read 5 chapters of this book and so far I like it a bit. I rated this book 3 because it is not really the type of book I usually read. I am going to keep reading this book because I want to see if something exciting will happen in a few chapters.

Molly gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Libby from Barwick in Elmet:

I think this is a gripping book and it leaves you hanging on I give it a 4 because it is not the sort of book that I read all the time I normally read mystery but I am going to give it a go and carry on reading.

Libby gave The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.