Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (Goodreads Author)

When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their country’s idyllic weather comes at a steep—and secret—cost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.

Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast—a creature of fire and chaos—everyone’s certain it’s a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian’s skills, and she discovers that her country’s weather comes at a devastating cost—a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina’s never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit’s help, she resolves to find a way to be heard. 

Jan’s Review

 ” I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.”

I am for one am a dragon lover and truly enjoy it when i find a unique stand along that all about dragons and their human companions. I especially enjoy when their a few nice nuggets of truth and wisdom to be found in the story. I have read a few of this author middle grade novels and I found them all to be enjoyable. The writing is smooth and al the characters have depth and definition.

In this one we have a shy quiet girl who is not quite certain that she is bonded to the correct storm beasts. Mostly cause she not like any of the other children who are also lightening beast guardians. She very quite and reserved while the other lightening guardians are loud and very confident in their abilities. This is the first lesson of truth that found in this story. Your uniqueness is what makes you stand out among your peers. You should never try to change yourself to be like any one else. The second truth is that you don’t need others to believe in you (while that nice) you need to believe in yourself and hold tight to your dreams. Your the only one who can make them come true.

I love the whole concept of this story the storm beasts and how the children are the ones who are shaping the future of this country. The final lesson that I saw that was built very well into the story. Was not only do we need to think about how we treat those that are different but we also need to think about how our actions effect the world we live in. Weather it something small like recycling or something bigger like donating to help clean up the ocean. Our actions have a bigger effect then what we can see right in front of us.

I really wish their were more books as i can see a whole series about this land and all the various dragons. I also would like to see more of how things are changed from the events in this book. This is a fun book and a wonderful addition to any teacher classroom.

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