Title: Imaginary Boy
Author: Mark Eldrich
Publication Date: October 4th, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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Eleven-year-old Benji Saintaubin dreams of becoming a hero like the ones in the books he reads while banished in the dark attic of his family home. But those heroes are all strong and handsome, not like Benji who uses a crutch and hides his disfigured face. When his father dies, leaving behind an unfinished story about an imaginary boy who must defeat a cruel and mighty dragon, Benji’s safe and secluded world is turned upside down. After venturing out of the attic and onto the perilous streets of 19th century London, Benji finds himself separated from his mother in a frightening and unfamiliar world. Nearly trampled to death and sold into slavery, Benji comes to believe his father’s story may be more fact than fiction after his captor reveals a dragon-tail tattoo around his arm and plans that could destroy Benji. If he ever hopes to escape, be reunited with his mother and finish his father’s cryptic story, Benji must trust that a crippled boy can discover the unseen power needed to defeat a brutal and powerful dragon. Join Benji on his treacherous journey in this compelling, edgy and inspiring middle-grade novel by debut author Mark Eldrich.
About the Author:
Mark Eldrich is a midwest children's book author who's debut middle grade novel, Imaginary Boy, was named winner of the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award for Juvenile Fiction and the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for outstanding contribution to children's literature in a debut novel. His second middle grade book The Shaming Tree will be released in 2018.
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