Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed!

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed!
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November 02, 2021
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From New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux and acclaimed artist Tim Probert comes an all-new original Dungeons & Dragons middle grade series! 
Welcome to Dungeon Academy, where monsters and creatures train for the dark world that awaits just beyond the dungeon walls! But Zellidora “Zelli” Stormclash is a bit—different. She’s the one thing monsters and creatures of the Forgotten Realms fear the most: Zelli is a human!

Knowing she’ll never be accepted, Zelli’s parents disguise her as a minotaur in hopes she’ll blend with the academy’s monstrous surroundings. Zelli does her work, keeps to herself, and becomes “invisible” to everyone. 

While in History of Horrible Humans class, Zelli learns of the great human adventurer, Allidora Steelstrike, who oddly resembles her. Could Zelli also be a Steelstrike? Seeking answers to her true lineage, Zelli embarks on a dangerous adventure.

But she won’t be alone. A vegan owlbear, a cowardly kobold, and a shapeshifting mimic will join Zelli on her quest for truth in a world that holds no place for them. And who knows? Perhaps these monstrous misfits may discover some truths of their own . . .

Get ready for humor, heart, magic, and adventure as middle graders and beyond learn to embrace who they are, accept others' differences, and discover that making mistakes is OK—as long as you learn from them. 

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Exciting and Fun Adventure, Introduce D&D to a New Generation
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What a fun read! DUNGEON ACADEMY: NO HUMANS ALLOWED! by Madeleine Roux is the first book in an all-new middle grade series that takes readers into the realm of the game where anything is possible and not all is as it appears to be. Following Zelli, a human disguised as a minotaur in a world where everyone is a creature or monster, the story takes us beyond the dungeon on a quest to find her true lineage and answer the question of where she comes from.

There is so much to love about this book. Zelli is a wonderful main character to follow, and the book is mostly from her perspective. It's interesting to see how she interacts with well known monsters and creatures from the game Dungeons & Dragons and how she hides that she is really human. Zelli is kindhearted, taking up with the monsters and creatures who don't really fit in at the academy, and these fast friends accompany her on her quest for the truth.

The author is clearly a fan of D&D as she pulls from all realms bringing in creatures from orcs to gnolls, lime jello, kobolds, and our friendly vegan owl bear. I loved seeing the illustrations which grace nearly every page of the book. Probert outdid himself! They really draw readers into the story and help younger readers visualize these unusual creatures.

Whether you are a lifelong fan of D&D or just dipping your toes into fantasy for the first time, NO HUMANS ALLOWED is a fun, exciting quest filled with heart, humor, and friendship. I highly recommend this one.
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