A chocolate-filled, girl-powered fantasy with a witty heroine who learns what home truly means, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale.
"Will satisfy readers who hunger for feel-good tales that pack a girl-power punch, like Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted or the movie Moana." School Library Journal on The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that, just years after arriving in the kingdom as a penniless orphan, she has found her way to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city as a master promoter. Although Silke loves her work at the Chocolate Heart, she's certain it's not going to last, and what Silke wants more than anything is somewhere to call homesomewhere safe. But when your best friend is a dragon-turned-hot-tempered-girl, trouble is always right around the corner.
Then Silke gets the opportunity she's been waiting for: the Crown Princess personally asks her to spy on the Elfenwald royal family during their first visit to the kingdom. In return, Silke will have the home she's always wanted in the secure palace. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting fairies . . . and her mission isn't as simple as she hoped. Soon, she discovers that her city is in dangerand that maybe it's more her home than she ever realized.
Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
About the Author
Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She is the author of The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, the tween fantasy trilogy, Kat, Incorrigible and the forthcoming historical fantasy adult title, Masks and Shadows.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A huge thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury Children's, and Stephanie Burgis for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. When I found out there was a SEQUEL to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, I'm pretty sure I flipped a table. What I originally thought as a stand-alone is actually now a series! How exciting! While the first book is told from Aventurine's point of view, this book is then told from Silke's perspective, a character introduced in the previous book. Silke's parents were taken, presumably killed, by the faeries of Elfenwald when she and her brother were children. Now they are visiting Drachenburg, seeking something the people there have: an alliance with dragons. But the Elfenwald royals have no interest in befriending dragons; they want to kill them. Silke is personally asked by one of the princesses to assist with this royal mash-up and find out what the faeries are after, since she's so good at wording her way out of various situations. With the help of Aventurine, Silke is able to discover the secret of her family's past and what the faeries are truly after--and how to stop them! While I still thought this book was very cute and fun, it definitely did not go the direction I thought it would. I thought, similar to Aventurine becoming human (a dragon with a chocolate heart), I thought Silke would become a dragon (since, you know, she's a girl with a dragon heart). But it's more metaphorical in this in that Silke acts like a dragon--she's fierce and angers easily--but she never becomes one, which was disappointing based on the title. On the other hand, I do love stories where those who are low class have to disguise themselves and practice the mannerisms to fit in with the royals for some ulterior motive. That's always fun too, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Overall, an enjoyable middle grade read that I would love to have in my personal collection or in my classroom.