I'm crowing with amazement! Dragons Walk Among Us won a 1st place in the YA category of the NEST awards!
I’m roaring the spectacular news! Dragons Walk Among Us was recognized by the Indies Today Book Awards with an Honorable Mention. Not that long ago, I never would have imagined this is possible.
"The story addresses serious, socially relevant subject matter, such as discrimination, poverty, and bullying, but it’s never preachy; indeed, it has a lighthearted tone that will resonate with adolescent readers. It concludes on an affirming, heartfelt note that will leave readers thoroughly satisfied yet also curious about the future of Rice’s magical fictional world."- Kirkus Reviews
"As Allison begins to interact with the dragons and comes to view them not as the enemy but as entities that hold their own personalities, interests, and objectives, Dragons Walk Among Us imparts further lessons on different kinds of prejudices and assumptions and the process of replacing knee-jerk, judgmental attitudes with understanding." - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"This enjoyable story is well-crafted with a female protagonist that is not just lovable but adorable. Allison Lee’s struggles are real and the author writes social issues that resonate with young adult readers, including bullying and the need to belong." - Readers' Favorite
"A perfect balance of fantasy, suspense, excitement and fun!"
-5 star review from Indies Today
"Mr. Rice fashioned a whole new dimension so well-crafted the reader begins to suspect it truly exists!" ~InD'tale Magazine
At times it's hard to believe what you see.
Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.
While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?
Cock-a-doodle-doo! I am delighted to announce Dragons Walk Among Us is now a finalist for the Dante Rossetti YA Book Award!