Alex and Isa are having trouble adjusting to their new home and family in San Francisco. It hasnt been long since their parents death, or The Accident, and neither sister is coping well. Young Isa seems to be doing better than Alex, despite the fact that Isa has stopped talking; Isa is at least trying to accept her new life while all Alex wants is for life to be as it was before The Accident. She wants to go back home to Oklahoma. She doesnt having much hope of realizing that desire until her Auntie Ling tells her a bedtime story about dragons. The story increases her belief that there is magic and that maybe she can wish her way back hoe. Along the way, Alex will realize where she truly belongs and where her home is.
Dragon Wishes starts off well, and Im glad to say it only gets better from there. I was drawn immediately into Alexs tale because I wanted to know how she would deal with this major change in her life and because she was such a compelling main character. Alex was very well-developed and I enjoyed reading along with her journey. The other characters were not as well-developed as Id have liked them to be, but this is minor considering this story was primarily told from Alexs point-of-view. I thought it was very unique for Nyikos to incorporate the Chinese dragon tale and was surprised that it didnt really distract me from the main storyline, which I commend Nyikos for. I also really liked the mix of American, Chinese, and German cultures although I felt there couldve been more German culture because that was Alexs heritage. There were a few bits and pieces in the story that I felt werent necessary, such as Alexs guy crush and things that couldve been improved, like the strength of Alexs friendship with Maddie. Nevertheless, Dragon Wishes was a well-written and moving story about family.
I was very impressed with Nyikos debut middle grade novel and hope she plans to write more in the future. Dragon Wishes can be enjoyed by both younger and older readers, particularly fans of books with Chinese culture or novels with dragons. Readers who liked Bringing the Boy Home by N.A. Nelson will also enjoy this story.
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