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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Life isn’t easy for the only dragon mage left in Dorlith. Petrina Dallow cannot find a mage to train her so she follows the commands of the Headmistress of the Mage Academy of Dorlith and joins witches and wizards in a tournament designed to select an heir for the kingdom. In She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J.M. Walker, Trina uses her honesty and forthrightness to do her best in the tourney to become the new Princess of Dorlith. Unfortunately, the Headmistress of Kasacova’s Finishing School for Promising Young Witches, who is the handmaid to the Queen of Dorlith, has other ideas that make the competition a little more complicated than the participants can handle. Trina, her cousin Eddy, and some friends they make in the dormitories do their best to accomplish their goals, but realize that there may be more going on than they can combat. Following her heart, Trina searches for the information she needs to free the kingdom, even though it means losing the tournament. Will she succeed in defeating the plans Madame Kasacova has always dreamed of or just go back to being a nobody in a poor town?
Excitement leaps off every page in She Dreamed of Dragons as Trina and her cousin encounter witches and wizards – people they had always been taught to fear. Overcoming their biases and moving ahead for the greater good, Trina and her friends have a lot of lessons to teach even as they learn what it takes to be a noble. Cooperation, self-determination and faith are just three of the elements that the young magic folk use to solve their problems. Elizabeth J.M. Walker has created a great story for middle school students and even young adults because it really holds your attention, makes you want to see what happens next, and even believe that anything can be possible with hard work.