Dragon Skin

Karen Foxlee

Dragon Skin
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Dragon Skin

Karen Foxlee

How to save a dragon:

1)Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors.
2)Believe in everything.

Pip never wants to go home. She likes to sit at the waterhole at dusk and remember Mika, her best friend. At home her mother’s not the same since her boyfriend moved in. They don’t laugh anymore and Pip has to go to bed early, turn off her light and pretend she doesn’t exist.

When she finds a half-dead creature at the waterhole, everything changes. She knows she has to save this small dragon and return it to where it comes from. But how?

A story about surviving and saving those you love, by the multi-award-winning author of Lenny’s Book of Everything.


In the outback you can see the age of every rock and tree. The ghosts of long-dried rivers reach back through time, and their annual rebirth during the wet seasons produces miracles. It’s a place where what you imagine is as real as the distant horizon. This is fortunate because for Pip, being outside in the dust and rocks is safe.

At home on the other hand, her mum’s boyfriend stalks and growls, and Pip has to hide in her room as quiet as a mouse. Outside is also where Pip finds the dragon. It’s tiny and sick, and it needs her. As Pip heals the dragon, she finds herself changing, becoming stronger and braver, sharing her secret with her friends, and encouraging her mum to be the same.

Dragon Skin is a magical story about facing your fears and finding the courage to share. It’s a gorgeous hardback novel from the author of Lenny’s Book of Everything and A Most Magical Girl, that arrives just in time for the gifting season. For ages 10+.

Dani Solomon is the manager of Readings Kids.

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