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Join me and readers across the globe to celebrate The Secret of the Dragon Gems out now! I’m here to spotlight The Secret of the Dragon Gems by Rajani Larocca and Chris Baron so let’s dive in!

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Eleven-year-olds Tripti Kapoor, a feisty “word nerd” from Massachusetts, and Sam Cohen, a shy, imaginative, budding geologist from California, are both miserable at Camp Dilloway, a summer camp in upstate New York. On the last night of camp, they follow a shooting star to a quiet creek. There they find two silvery rocks glowing in the night. They each take one home, and their long-distance friendship begins.

It’s soon clear that these are no ordinary rocks. They seem to move on their own, get strangely hot, and even take over Tripti and Sam’s thoughts! Inspired by their mutual love of their favorite book series, The Dragon Gems, they dub the rocks Opal and Jasper, after the Dragon Gems in the books.

But others are interested in the stones too–including the owner of Camp Dilloway, who hides a secret of his own. Tripti and Sam must crack the Dragon Gems’ code and keep them out of Dilloway’s clutches, all while navigating the rocky road of middle school friendships and learning to stand up for what is right.

The Secret of the Dragon Gems Blog Tour

Category: Children’s Dragon, Unicorn & Mythical Stories |  Children’s Friendship Books
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Aug 29, 2023 | ISBN 9781499814637 | 352 pages | Publisher: Little Bee Books [Yellow Jacket]

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Aug 29, 2023| ISBN 9780593792018

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Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks.


Chris Baron is the award winning author of  Middle Grade novels in verse, All of MeThe Magical Imperfect,  and The Gray from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, as well as The Secret of the Dragon Gems. a Middle Grade novel co-authored with Rajani LaRocca from Little Bee Books. He is a Professor of English at San Diego City College and the director of the Writing Center.

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