This is a fun story about a rebellious young dragon who runs away from home and unwittingly drinks a magic hot chocolate that turns her into a human girl. Aventurine has to learn to live as a human in the city, and her hot temper gets her into plenty of trouble. She is saved by the one thing that she loves more than anything else – chocolate! She gets a job as an apprentice chocolatier, and together with her new-found friend Silke helps turn the Chocolate Heart chocolate shop into the most well-known place in the city. The threat of Aventurine’s dragon family, circling closer and closer to the city as they search for their missing child, brings the city to its knees, and it’s up to resourceful and brave heroine Aventurine to save the citizens.
This book brings together dragons, a fairy-tale setting, and wonderful descriptions of delicious chocolate-making; it’s bound to have lots of appeal for children in the 9+ age group. Aventurine is a strong female character who many children will identify with – she won’t let anything or anyone get in her way!