CYBILS MG Spec Fiction FINALIST: Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland


The New York Times-bestselling series soars to even greater heights with a new prophecy and five new dragonets ready to claim their destiny!

Peace has come to Pyrrhia . . . for now.

The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends.

Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting--and dangerous.

In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?


I really, thoroughly enjoyed this one and I think a lot of young dragon-loving readers will as well.  The action packed story carried me from beginning to end.  Moonwatcher is a young dragon who hasn't yet found a place where she feels like she belongs.  When her mother drops her off at Jade Mountain Academy she is really nervous, not only about being in a new place with all sorts of different kinds of dragons, but because of the talents she possesses for mind reading and seeing the future.  She has been taught to hide and fear her talents and being unable to control her abilities doesn't help.  But as she adjusts to the new place and begins to make friends, she discovers that there is someone else in the area who can read minds and talk to her, but she isn't at all sure she can trust him.  When a tragedy occurs, tensions and betrayal are brought to the surface that force Moonwatcher to face her fears and decide what is most important to her.  Moonwatcher is a great character and one that I look forward to reading more about in the future.  But for now I need to go back and read the other books in the series with great enjoyment.


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