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Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagi Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble. One day, it transports her to a fantasy world called the Somnium Realm, where her father’s secret history embroils her in an epic quest. With the help of a dragon guide named Cedric, Lily battles evil shrouds, harpies, and other creatures to find her way through grief, rescue the world from evil, and discover the power of redemption. This thrilling novel by Kathryn Butler mixes fantasy with Christian themes, taking middle school readers on a quest through castles, forests, and caverns to help a young girl find hope and usher in restoration.


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Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagi Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble. One day, it transports her to a fantasy world called the Somnium Realm, where her father’s secret history embroils her in an epic quest. With the help of a dragon guide named Cedric, Lily battles evil shrouds, harpies, and other creatures to find her way through grief, rescue the world from evil, and discover the power of redemption. This thrilling novel by Kathryn Butler mixes fantasy with Christian themes, taking middle school readers on a quest through castles, forests, and caverns to help a young girl find hope and usher in restoration.

30 review for The Dragon and the Stone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (BookLoverAmanda)

    Wow, what a fun and wild adventure! 4 stars! I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the next in the series! This is a brand new middle grade fantasy series published by Christian publisher, Crossway. That made me so excited because I knew this would be a clean read and a lot of fun. 12 year old Lily McKinley is struggling with loneliness and bullying - plus the recent loss of her father. With her Dad presumed dead and everything she is going through, she is just trying to navigate through e Wow, what a fun and wild adventure! 4 stars! I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the next in the series! This is a brand new middle grade fantasy series published by Christian publisher, Crossway. That made me so excited because I knew this would be a clean read and a lot of fun. 12 year old Lily McKinley is struggling with loneliness and bullying - plus the recent loss of her father. With her Dad presumed dead and everything she is going through, she is just trying to navigate through everyday life. When one day, she finds a mysterious stone necklace and a new dragon friend - and everything takes off from there! This story gave me some AMAZING Middle Earth and Narnia vibes and I was loving it! I think this is a fun and adventurous story for kids and thankful it was a clean read! I did notice some biblical parallels in the story and appreciated that, even if it wasn’t specifically stated as biblical. I could see themes of friendship, hope, redemption, good vs evil, worry, grief, helping others, being kind, etc. This story had dragons, friendships, heroes, character growth, hope and more. It was a fast read and everything moved along very quickly, which I liked. I liked the friendship bond growth between the characters and the details of the dragon. So much fun! All in all a very enjoyable story and I look forward to reading the next in the series! Thank you to Crossway for providing a free advanced reader copy for me to read and provide an honest review. All opinions are my own. I will be discussing this book on my YouTube channel BookLoverAmanda in my monthly May wrap up video and posting the review to Goodreads.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    What a magical & heartwarming story! Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, & the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it 2 months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble. One day, it trans What a magical & heartwarming story! Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, & the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it 2 months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble. One day, it transports her to a fantasy world called the Somnium Realm, where her father’s secret history embroils her in an epic quest. With the help of a dragon guide named Cedric, Lily battles evil shrouds, harpies, & other creatures to find her way through grief, rescue the world from evil, & discover the power of redemption. A fantasy story, with so many important issues/themes too. There are some things that made me think of things from the Bible, but its not stated out right. I only knew because I knew these things. So it’s definitely in no way pushing it in anyones face. I think the only people who will notice are people familiar with the Bible and/or believe in God. I really appreciated what came across to me, & loved every time I noticed something. There’s also grief, bullying, loss, not fitting in or feeling like you belong anywhere..but also this is full of HOPE & FAITH. Then you have the magical aspects like dragons, shrouds, Merlin, Robin Hood, Sir Lancelot, a unicorn, Mist Elves, a siren, harpies, soothstones, & so much more-even unique & amazing characters like Rigel & Flint! Love! I also loved the friendship that grows between the characters. Such a fast-paced magical adventure. Cedric has my heart. Love that dragon. The ending was amazing, & I absolutely loved it. Highly recommend! This is out now. Can’t wait for the squeal that comes out August 2nd! BEAUTIFUL cover by Studio Muti as well!💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Lily is a young girl who struggles with loneliness. Her dad is presumed dead, her mother works long hours, and her grandma's memory is failing. The kids at school are terrible bullies. Will she always be alone? One day she finds a mysterious necklace with a stone charm and astonishing things begin to happen. This is from her dad! Could he still be alive? Suddenly she enters a new world and the adventure begins with strange creatures and dangers everywhere. This is where Lily will gain courage, br Lily is a young girl who struggles with loneliness. Her dad is presumed dead, her mother works long hours, and her grandma's memory is failing. The kids at school are terrible bullies. Will she always be alone? One day she finds a mysterious necklace with a stone charm and astonishing things begin to happen. This is from her dad! Could he still be alive? Suddenly she enters a new world and the adventure begins with strange creatures and dangers everywhere. This is where Lily will gain courage, bravery, and find true friends. Written for children, this book moves at a very fast pace. Action sequence immediately moves to action sequence. There is some character building, but it happens so quickly that it defies belief at times. The influences of Tolkien and Lewis are evident as well as Biblical redemption, but children will need certain scenes explained to understand the connections. Overall, I thought the story exciting, but somewhat shallow. It's still a series to watch as the characters grow and develop. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Noel

    The Dragon and the Stone is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series published by Crossway. And when they reached out to me to see if I’d like a copy I was pretty excited. Middle grade fantasy with faith elements interwoven into the story are something I’m certainly interested in. So thank you @crosswaybooks for the gifted copy! I didn’t love the book quite as much as I’d hoped, but this was the sort of book I definitely would have loved when I was a kid. It’s action-packed with an int The Dragon and the Stone is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series published by Crossway. And when they reached out to me to see if I’d like a copy I was pretty excited. Middle grade fantasy with faith elements interwoven into the story are something I’m certainly interested in. So thank you @crosswaybooks for the gifted copy! I didn’t love the book quite as much as I’d hoped, but this was the sort of book I definitely would have loved when I was a kid. It’s action-packed with an interesting fantasy-dream world and lots of fantastical creatures and a battle between good and evil. The only reason I’m giving it three stars is because it’s very light on character development, and that is something I usually need in a fantasy novel to be fully invested. I highly recommend this as a read aloud, or as a book to give to your kids (probably ages 8 & up), especially kids that enjoy a fast-paced story. My girls haven’t read it yet, but I think they will really enjoy it when they do. Also, the cover! It’s so beautiful 😍😍

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    The first book in The Dream Keeper Saga is a delight, and trust me when I say you’re going to want to read this series. It’s one of those that is written for a younger (middle grade) audience but will appeal to adults as well because it is simply a good story. It’s an adventure story; a tale of bravery full of harrowing encounters with mythical creatures; a blending of grief and hope and the longing for home. Perfect for fans of Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. “Haven’t you ever wondered what The first book in The Dream Keeper Saga is a delight, and trust me when I say you’re going to want to read this series. It’s one of those that is written for a younger (middle grade) audience but will appeal to adults as well because it is simply a good story. It’s an adventure story; a tale of bravery full of harrowing encounters with mythical creatures; a blending of grief and hope and the longing for home. Perfect for fans of Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. “Haven’t you ever wondered what happens to a dream when you wake up?” Thank you to Crossway and Netgalley for the advanced review copy. The Dragon and the Stone releases on May 10!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Castles and dragons and mystery abound in the new middle-grade fantasy book, The Dragon and the Stone by Kathryn Butler. The Dragon and the Stone begins with Lily McKinley finding a dragon named Cedric in her kitchen eating her dinner. Things start to get really crazy for Lily after she confronts a bully named Adam in her school yard and the a stone pendent that belonged to her father, who recently passed away is now glowing, and she is transported to a magical place with the magic pendent when Castles and dragons and mystery abound in the new middle-grade fantasy book, The Dragon and the Stone by Kathryn Butler. The Dragon and the Stone begins with Lily McKinley finding a dragon named Cedric in her kitchen eating her dinner. Things start to get really crazy for Lily after she confronts a bully named Adam in her school yard and the a stone pendent that belonged to her father, who recently passed away is now glowing, and she is transported to a magical place with the magic pendent when she puts it on. I enjoyed this magical book even though I don't read a lot of fantasy. It would be a fun book to read as a family. There are themes of faith, mourning, sacrifice, salvation, and redemption. The Dragon and the Stone has some fun characters and is a wonderful adventure into a magical land. I enjoyed the characters and the surprises along the way. There were some points that would make for some great family discussion. While it is a fun book as a whole, there are also some deeper issues dealt with in this book--bullying, divorce, and death among them. At the end of the book, there is a chapter preview for the next book in the series, The Prince and the Blight--which whets the reader's appetite to keep going. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Amazon Vine program. All opinions within this review are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    sincerely

    The Dragon and the Stone is a brand new middle grade fantasy published by CROSSWAY. Yep, you read that right! So exciting! 🥳 I leapt at the chance to read this one and I'm thankful to the publisher for the gift copy. The Dragon and the Stone centers around a girl who has recently lost her father. She is shuffling through life as best she can when her whole world breaks apart and she finds herself in an entirely different reality, full of dragons and all sorts of fantastical friends and foes. Thi The Dragon and the Stone is a brand new middle grade fantasy published by CROSSWAY. Yep, you read that right! So exciting! 🥳 I leapt at the chance to read this one and I'm thankful to the publisher for the gift copy. The Dragon and the Stone centers around a girl who has recently lost her father. She is shuffling through life as best she can when her whole world breaks apart and she finds herself in an entirely different reality, full of dragons and all sorts of fantastical friends and foes. This book is *majorly* plot-driven with a lot of action and a bit of violence but nothing scary or graphic. There are clearly some Tolkien and Lewis vibes going on which I absolutely loved! For me, I needed more character development/growth though and I'm hoping to see some of that in the next book. I'm so relieved to see something like this in the children's fantasy genre - we need more reliably appropriate, high quality, imaginative books for kids! I definitely recommend this one and can't wait to see where the series goes. If you have any specific content questions DM me on IG...I do not manage goodreads comments etc.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Huntington

    3.5 Stars What I Liked: -The story gave me a little bit of Narnia vibes. I think fans of Lewis will like it. -The creative fancy of the Realm was fun. -We need more loyal British dragons who like chili. Cedric is fantastic. What I Struggled With: -It took me a little bit to orientate myself in the Realm. -There were a couple points where the plot seemed rushed. Overall Thoughts: A fun start to The DreamKeeper Saga. I would have preferred if the author had dug a little more into the story and expou 3.5 Stars What I Liked: -The story gave me a little bit of Narnia vibes. I think fans of Lewis will like it. -The creative fancy of the Realm was fun. -We need more loyal British dragons who like chili. Cedric is fantastic. What I Struggled With: -It took me a little bit to orientate myself in the Realm. -There were a couple points where the plot seemed rushed. Overall Thoughts: A fun start to The DreamKeeper Saga. I would have preferred if the author had dug a little more into the story and expounded things a tad more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charity Henico

    I'm reading this to my 4 youngest kids, ages 5, 8, 10, and 11. We are all LOVING it! I've already decided that we'll be buying this book and the next one in hard copy. This is a great fantasy book for all ages. It has a dragon (thus the name), soothstone, dream world, and all the fantasy stuff you could want. The kids don't ever want to stop after just one chapter. According to my 11 year old, "it's very mysterious and a very good suspense book." Highly recommend! I'm reading this to my 4 youngest kids, ages 5, 8, 10, and 11. We are all LOVING it! I've already decided that we'll be buying this book and the next one in hard copy. This is a great fantasy book for all ages. It has a dragon (thus the name), soothstone, dream world, and all the fantasy stuff you could want. The kids don't ever want to stop after just one chapter. According to my 11 year old, "it's very mysterious and a very good suspense book." Highly recommend!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    The best children’s book can be read and enjoyed by adults. This is one of those books. Full of Christian allegory, with echoes of many other favorites this familiar quest-tale is beautifully written with well developed characters and ideas. A shout out to the audio version which is superbly read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Garrett

    My kids made me put 5 stars. They loved it! I enjoyed the story and it was reminiscent of some of our favorite books. The dialogue sometimes seemed repetitive and drawn out too long, but that didn’t bother my kids. My kids are already chomping at the bit for the second book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terese

    This was such a sweet book, I'm always looking for something to read to my nieces and though they were still a little bit too young for this title, it will definitely be read to them in a year or so. I loved the focus on friendship in this book and how we, often, are quite stubborn and set in our ways in a way that can hurt both ourselves and those around us. The adventure was fun and imaginative, it never dragged and I think there is a great potential for rich world-building. I also love anythin This was such a sweet book, I'm always looking for something to read to my nieces and though they were still a little bit too young for this title, it will definitely be read to them in a year or so. I loved the focus on friendship in this book and how we, often, are quite stubborn and set in our ways in a way that can hurt both ourselves and those around us. The adventure was fun and imaginative, it never dragged and I think there is a great potential for rich world-building. I also love anything with a talking dragon so, check! Cedric, I love you. I'm curious to see where this saga will go, because it did seem to wrap up more neatly than I had expected it too, so I'm very interested to see what the author has planned for a continuation of the story. I have some mixed feelings on certain aspects of the ending, pertaining to fathers, but it wasn't anything that really bothered me. I only have two complaints and they are somewhat minor, the first thing is that the first explanation of Eymah, by Cedric, was a bit obscure and I did feel like it was maybe a bit too advanced (in comparison with the rest of the book) depending on the target age of the book. If I were to read it to my nieces, even in a year, I would probably try to use simpler language. My second complaint is granted a bit niche. But it is a pet peeve of mine. Start of rant: Now...it is technically and widely accepted to spell the plural of octopus as "octopi", a latin ending (to a greek word, mind. as I'm sure everyone knows), but my pet peeve is that really it should have a proper English ending, especially when directed at kids, i.e. octopuses. It has no business having a Latin ending, especially when even the Latin conjugation recognizes it as a third-declension noun meaning that the plural ending is octopodes, never octopi.) Long story short, let's end the madness and teach kids that in English it is octopuses from the get go. End of rant. I'm sure no one cares much about that, but it is just one of those things that bug me whenever I see it. But, what other potential readers can take away from this review is that this was a really fun kid's adventure with some great moments, and a probably even richer continuation in store.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allie Fullerton

    The cover of this book is magical! I was excited about the premise of this book- a dream world of creativity, grief, and redemption- but sadly the book fell short for me. I liked the themes and the lessons but there were lots of faults. First, the writing was not good. It was full of clichés and many places where there should have been more creative and vivid descriptions, especially relating to Lilly's emotions (multiple repeats of "Lilly's jaw dropped") and many examples where the reader shoul The cover of this book is magical! I was excited about the premise of this book- a dream world of creativity, grief, and redemption- but sadly the book fell short for me. I liked the themes and the lessons but there were lots of faults. First, the writing was not good. It was full of clichés and many places where there should have been more creative and vivid descriptions, especially relating to Lilly's emotions (multiple repeats of "Lilly's jaw dropped") and many examples where the reader should have been shown what characters were feeling and seeing instead of simply being told. {Spoilers Ahead} There were also plot issues, the biggest one being when we learn about a traitor in the council. Right after we learn of a potential traitor, that person is revealed (what happened to some nice tension there as we wonder who it is?) To make it even worse, the traitor is quickly defeated. Readers are pulled up and down so quickly. That plot could have been something bigger, but it was resolved, leaving readers feeling like the story was empty and pointless. There were cases where the story felt too much like Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia as well. I feel the need to support Christian Fiction in spite of its quality IF it has good content, and this book does. But I do so in hopes that we can push Christian writers and publishers to create books with good, gospel content AND write them well. However, all of that to be said, I think many young readers will like this book despite where it could have improved. Content: 5/5 Writing Quality: 2/5 Overall: 3/5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taun

    Lily McKinley has troubles, the least of which is day old banana crusted into her hair. In just one day she has managed to upset her teacher, hurt her mourning mother, face off with the worst school bully, and let her imagination get the best of her. Again. Dragons do not exist, and certainly do not eat chili out of crockpots, after all. In a burst of light at a most desperate moment, Lily is transported to the realm of Somnium, where her Father's secrets begin to unfold, leading Lily to wonder at Lily McKinley has troubles, the least of which is day old banana crusted into her hair. In just one day she has managed to upset her teacher, hurt her mourning mother, face off with the worst school bully, and let her imagination get the best of her. Again. Dragons do not exist, and certainly do not eat chili out of crockpots, after all. In a burst of light at a most desperate moment, Lily is transported to the realm of Somnium, where her Father's secrets begin to unfold, leading Lily to wonder at the power of the stone she now holds & what really may have happened to her Dad. Dragons that shapeshift, evil shrouds of cunning, creation & loss, love & redemption. The journey is fraught with peril, especially for those chosen by destiny itself. THANK YOU to Crossway & NetGalley for a reviewer's copy of The Dragon & the Stone, in exchange for my honest review & feedback. The Dragon & the Stone strikes that perfect balance between adventure laced with danger, hope & redemption. The book deals with loss, love, & forgiveness, all wrapped up in an a fantasy I would recommend without reservation or hesitation. Excellent world building, engaging characters (amid which there are some familiar faces), enemies that make your blood boil & an unexpected friend or two. Content Notes: This book details the loss of a parent, & has some typical school yard bullying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    The Dragon and the Stone by Kathryn Butler Pub Date 10 May 2022 Crossway Children's Fiction | Christian I am reviewing a copy of The Dragon and the Stone through Crossway and Netgalley: Lily McKinley is only 12 years old but she already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. Li The Dragon and the Stone by Kathryn Butler Pub Date 10 May 2022 Crossway Children's Fiction | Christian I am reviewing a copy of The Dragon and the Stone through Crossway and Netgalley: Lily McKinley is only 12 years old but she already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. Lily is an artistic daydreamer, with a brilliant imagination which helps her cope, but it also gets her in trouble. One day, it transports her to a fantasy world called the Somnium Realm, where her father’s secret history embroils her in an epic quest. With the help of a dragon guide named Cedric, Lily battles evil shrouds, harpies, and other creatures to find her way through grief, rescue the world from evil, and discover the power of redemption. I give The Dragon and the Stone five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mama

    The Dragon and the Stone was such a delight to read. I am a big fan of good vs. evil, of light vs. dark, of kindness vs. greed. I took to this novel because it had wonderful Christian concepts. I liked how the magical stones originated from the Garden of Eden. I found the passage that mentions humans too were once magical beings at the beginning of their existence. The passage goes on to mention how we became corrupt and greedy when we allowed evil to enter our world. Simply Lovely This novel w The Dragon and the Stone was such a delight to read. I am a big fan of good vs. evil, of light vs. dark, of kindness vs. greed. I took to this novel because it had wonderful Christian concepts. I liked how the magical stones originated from the Garden of Eden. I found the passage that mentions humans too were once magical beings at the beginning of their existence. The passage goes on to mention how we became corrupt and greedy when we allowed evil to enter our world. Simply Lovely This novel was rich with magical elements that connected family members together across realms. It had a spiritual element of not always being able to see our Higher Creator, mentions having faith even when no visual exist. Goes on to reiterate that we are never alone. It was also delightful that the book wrote in elements of good old fairy tales by adding characters similar to sirens, Robin Hood, dragons, Merlin, and unicorns. Gratifying read from beginning to end. I would recommend to anyone wanting a heartfelt, lighthearted story with great values.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Twelve year old Lily lives in a lonely world. Imaginative and friendless, her world falls further apart when her father disappears and is presumed dead. Until one day when she discovers a mysterious pendant that thrusts her into a land of dragons, mythical creatures, and adventure. Could her father still be alive? And could this young, underestimated girl be the one to save him? This middle school action novel kept me reading from cover to cover. The plot moved along at a quick pace with adventur Twelve year old Lily lives in a lonely world. Imaginative and friendless, her world falls further apart when her father disappears and is presumed dead. Until one day when she discovers a mysterious pendant that thrusts her into a land of dragons, mythical creatures, and adventure. Could her father still be alive? And could this young, underestimated girl be the one to save him? This middle school action novel kept me reading from cover to cover. The plot moved along at a quick pace with adventure running through the entire book. The Dragon and the Stone is written a style reminiscent of Tolkien and Lewis, borrowing from themes in Scripture as well. Author Kathryn Butler explores the ideas of family, friendship, good vs evil, redemption, and so much more. Truly a story well worth introducing to the next generation. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I read this book hoping to find something that would interest my 7(almost 8)-year-old advanced reader. As an adult, I enjoyed the book. It felt rushed at times to me (I would’ve liked to see more development in some sections), but was appropriately paced for younger readers. I liked the allegory and the adventure and think that my son is about a year away from having the maturity to appreciate this book. The concept of the Realm is interesting; I love the world that Butler created. The sidekick I read this book hoping to find something that would interest my 7(almost 8)-year-old advanced reader. As an adult, I enjoyed the book. It felt rushed at times to me (I would’ve liked to see more development in some sections), but was appropriately paced for younger readers. I liked the allegory and the adventure and think that my son is about a year away from having the maturity to appreciate this book. The concept of the Realm is interesting; I love the world that Butler created. The sidekick characters created through Lily’s imagination were my favorite. I look forward to reading the sequel and discussing this book with my son in about a year! I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Butler takes many tried and true fantasy elements and adds some unique twists, including creating a world where dreams become real. There were moments when I was carried away by Lily and Adam's adventures and their unusual companions, but I was also easily able to put the book down. That may be because of my adult sensibilities. I've read too much Christian fantasy that all feels vaguely familiar. I suspect many middle grade readers won't mind. I also wish the book had more diversity among the c Butler takes many tried and true fantasy elements and adds some unique twists, including creating a world where dreams become real. There were moments when I was carried away by Lily and Adam's adventures and their unusual companions, but I was also easily able to put the book down. That may be because of my adult sensibilities. I've read too much Christian fantasy that all feels vaguely familiar. I suspect many middle grade readers won't mind. I also wish the book had more diversity among the characters. My non-white readers would love to see characters that look like them traveling to fantastic realms and fighting evil. Recommended for those readers wanting something after they've finished other series like "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Wingfeather Saga."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The Dragon and the Stone draws you and captivates you with its magical world and strong characters. The story gave me the same feeling as when I read the Chronicles of Narnia as a young girl and it was a fun nostalgic read. The adventure that young Lily goes on after finding her father's pendant are daring and exciting but not too thrilling for young readers. This was my first children's Christian fiction book in a really long while and it did not disappoint, especially with all the adventure, d The Dragon and the Stone draws you and captivates you with its magical world and strong characters. The story gave me the same feeling as when I read the Chronicles of Narnia as a young girl and it was a fun nostalgic read. The adventure that young Lily goes on after finding her father's pendant are daring and exciting but not too thrilling for young readers. This was my first children's Christian fiction book in a really long while and it did not disappoint, especially with all the adventure, dragons, and more fantastical elements. I will definitely recommend this book to young readers at my church! Thank you NetGalley and Crossway for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Webb

    A good story for kids! The author shows good imagination. There are some elements of the unexpected, and there is some scariness to it, but not too much. You'll be cheering for many of the characters! In a world that doesn't have a lot of books for kids with a Christian viewpoint, this book is a breath of fresh air! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance e-copy of this book! All opinions are entirely my own. A good story for kids! The author shows good imagination. There are some elements of the unexpected, and there is some scariness to it, but not too much. You'll be cheering for many of the characters! In a world that doesn't have a lot of books for kids with a Christian viewpoint, this book is a breath of fresh air! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance e-copy of this book! All opinions are entirely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    This is a super cute middle grade read! I especially liked the dynamic between Adam and Lily. There's a lot of action and magical creatures, and my main criticism might be that each chapter is formulaic--though that's my adult opinion, and 10 yr old me prob wouldn't have noticed! The art is beautiful! Thank you for a copy to read and review, Crossway. This is a super cute middle grade read! I especially liked the dynamic between Adam and Lily. There's a lot of action and magical creatures, and my main criticism might be that each chapter is formulaic--though that's my adult opinion, and 10 yr old me prob wouldn't have noticed! The art is beautiful! Thank you for a copy to read and review, Crossway.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Herberholz

    This book is excellent… I have been looking for a book to rekindle my love of reading and this has done it! The story contained in these pages is the perfect mix of Narnia meets Hogwarts meets Emily Windsnap meets Scarlet, Tuck, and Hood. A beautifully written book with glimpses of the Cross and the redemption we have through Jesus.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily Landon

    I loved this book! I read it as an ARC, then bought the paperback, and pre-ordered the sequel. What I loved was that you could see the Christian part of the story, but it wasn’t overpowering at all. Lily is wonderful, brave, and caring. The adventure is great fun and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Great book!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan Everitt

    4⭐️. Read aloud with 11yo daughter who loves dragons. She loved it and although it felt a bit wordy in some parts to me, the themes and values portrayed were refreshing. We will definitely read the sequel when it is published.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I found the book quite enjoyable and will be recommending it. I do agree with others that based on the vocabulary this book is probably best for middle grade readers. A very proficient upper elementary student would likely enjoy this as well. A fun, magical adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars might be generous. The story is decent, but the writing’s just okay. I’m sure my kids will enjoy it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was interesting, and the girls Loved it! Certainly a series to continue!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Wonderful, allegorical tale with biblical themes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather Persing

    The Dragon and the Stone follows 12 year old Lily as she discovers a fantasy realm where her imagination isn’t a hindrance (as it so often feels in her world) but a precious gift. She meets a little dragon named Cedric who aids in her adventure. The Dragon and the Stone would be great for middle school readers. There’s plenty of action, and the book is very fast paced. There are some intense scenes that might be a little scary for elementary-aged kids. The book doesn’t back away from hard things The Dragon and the Stone follows 12 year old Lily as she discovers a fantasy realm where her imagination isn’t a hindrance (as it so often feels in her world) but a precious gift. She meets a little dragon named Cedric who aids in her adventure. The Dragon and the Stone would be great for middle school readers. There’s plenty of action, and the book is very fast paced. There are some intense scenes that might be a little scary for elementary-aged kids. The book doesn’t back away from hard things that Lily and another character experience, but it also meets them with hope. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! **I received this book from Crossway Publishers in exchange for an honest review.**

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