The Polar Bear and the Dragon

Perilous Passage

Children - Preteen
286 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2023
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Author Biography

Debbie lives in Northern Michigan with her husband and their two dogs. When she isn't writing, they like to travel. Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a favorite destination and the setting for her coming-of-age fantasy adventure series, The Polar Bear and the Dragon with three books: (1) Dawn of an Alliance, (2) Dream Jumper and (3) Perilous Passage

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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Polar Bear and the Dragon: Perilous Passage by Debbie Watson is the third book of a fantasy series for middle graders. After becoming vital members of the Alliance in Yagdi, Whitney (13) and her best friend Edward (14) prepare for a happy return home when somehow they find themselves stuck in the portal between Earth and Yagdi. Trapped with seemingly no escape, the two youngsters discover that their abilities don't work in the "Nowhere Land." They also meet a mysterious prankster who they don't know if they can trust. Meanwhile, Whitney's mother and Edward's grandparents are visited by the members of the Alliance, led by Traveller. Now Whitney and Edward must face off against an ancient wizard in peak powers alongside their friends and family. Can they prevail?

The Polar Bear and the Dragon: Perilous Passage is the perfect adventure book for preteens and young adults who savor fantasy stories about wizards, dragons, and shapeshifters. Filled with action, magic, and witty dialogue, Debbie Watson's action-adventure tale is an absolute joy to read. With likable characters and a captivating plot, Watson weaves a fantastical yarn that is thoroughly entertaining while showcasing the importance of universal values of friendship, family, and second chances through an immensely satisfying narrative. Whitney and Edward's camaraderie shines through the pages, and their relationship acts as a glue to the dynamic between the other characters. I also enjoyed the secondary characters like Susan, Mallory, Traveller, and Patrick. All in all, a gem of a book for young fantasy readers.


Posted on Goodreads: I highly recommend you read this story. This author's light and breezy style is similar to JK Rowling with illustrations that add a sense of wonder and curiosity. Well-developed characters with insightful messages of friendship, teamwork and growing up. If children are able to enjoy the magic while learning valuable lessons, it makes the book that much better.


On Goodreads and Amazon: "A frolicking fantasy adventure." Easy to read for ages 10 and up with beautiful illustrations.

Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Perilous Passage is the third book in Debbie Watson's fantasy series, The Polar Bear and the Dragon. Although written for middle grades and young adults, a wide range of readers will find this tale exciting and thought-provoking. Ms. Watson's teenage protagonists have spunk and a can-do attitude that serve them well as new threats and events unfold to test their relationships, choices, and perspectives about the world. Action-packed encounters and strong characters make this an excellent addition to the series.