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  Adventurers Wanted #1: Slathbog's Gold by M.L. Forman

Review by: Portia A.
Colorado, Grade 7

One interesting thing about this book is the fact that the author makes most dragons out to be evil and greedy, whereas other authors portray them as benevolent and friendly. The dragons in this book are not portrayed as evil, but malevolent and hungry for treasure, and everyone thinks that killing off Slathbog the Red (a greedy dragon) is a good thing. I think that killing off Slathbog is a good thing and a bad thing: good because eventually he would just pillage more towns and kingdoms, and bad because you are still killing a beautiful creature, even though he is greedy.

I really liked the way the author took an ordinary boy, had him walk into a shop that no one else on the street could see, and had him become an adventurer. The way that the author described the setting, it could really be anywhere, and I think that inspires kids, because next time you walk down the street, you could be an adventurer too. The author does a great job of weaving in all the emotions and feelings that belong to real people, like grief, joy, friendship, victory, and anger. These emotions help you relate to the characters, and everybody can find someone in this alternate reality whom they can really connect with and relate to, be it Alex, the main character, or Tantic, the jolly innkeeper of the local tavern.

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