Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races (Hardcover)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the Silver Batal series.
"Hand this to the Rick Riordan crowd, or to kids who like Tui Sutherland’s "Wings of Fire" series."—SLJ
Set in a vivid, Arab-inspired world filled with friendly and fearsome water dragons, K.D. Halbrook’s Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races is a middle-grade fantasy adventure, with illustrations by Ilse Gort, that's perfect for fans of Tui T. Sutherland, Sayantani DasGupta, and Roshani Chokshi.
Thirteen-year-old Silver Batal calls the desert home, but her heart belongs to the waters. Although she’s expected to become a jeweler like her father, Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to race water dragons. Destiny comes calling when her friendship with a mysterious old woman leads her to Hiyyan, a baby dragon that can swim and fly.
Risking everything, Silver, Hiyyan, and her resourceful cousin Brajon set off across the desert to join the legendary races in the royal city. But the road to Calidia is filled with danger, and the trio must band together as they encounter ferocious cave beasts, clever desert foxes, and cutthroat competition.
As Silver and Hiyyan soar through the skies and speed through the seas, both must learn what they're willing to sacrifice for a shot at glory.
About the Author
K. D. Halbrook grew up in California, surrounded by the gorgeous art, food, family bonds, and Lebanese American family quirks that inspired the world of Silver Batal. She’s also the author of the middle-grade novel Smoke and Mirrors, as well as several young adult titles under the name Kristin Halbrook. She currently resides in Seattle with her family.
"An imaginative delight."—Sayantani DasGupta, New York Times-bestselling author of The Serpent's Secret
"Silver and her dragon Hiyyan will race into your heart. This is a world you'll never want to leave."—Kamilla Benko, author of the Unicorn Quest series.
"Nonstop adventure and a brilliantly realized world—I never wanted to leave Silver's side! An epic, unforgettable story—I'm already dying for the next installment!"—Amie Kaufman, New York Times-bestselling author of Elementals: Ice Wolves
"Halbrook’s latest is a fun, fast-paced adventure with an engaging supporting cast in which young fantasy lovers will delight."—Booklist
"Hand this to the Rick Riordan crowd, or to kids who like Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series."—School Library Journal
"[A] rip-roaring adventure. Halbrook's worldbuilding includes a rich taxonomy of water dragons who are fully realized, with emotions, loyalty, and aspirations."—Kirkus
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