Special excerpt from YA/MG novel The Blue Dragon

Welcome to a new week, readers. I’m kicking it off with a special
excerpt from the young adult/middle grade novel The Blue Dragon, by Yiola Damianou-Papadopoulou.

As Yiola does a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions,
she will be awarding a lucky randomly drawn winner with a $10 Amazon or Barnes
and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!
Yiola Damianou-Papadopoulou was
born in Nicosia and spent her childhood in the Congo and Nigeria. She studied
Journalism in Athens and has worked with a number of radio stations, magazines
and newspapers in Cyprus. She has published short stories for adults as well as
novels. She has also written children’s and young adult fiction.
A little
bit about The Blue Dragon:
The Blue Dragon describes the terror
of the catastrophic tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in December 2004. The novel
focuses on a group of children—Hanseni, and her siblings Awade and Manori, and
their friend Nishian—their individual experiences, and how they managed to pull
through this horrendous event. Overcoming their fears the children struggle
against the forces of nature, fighting against the odds to save themselves and
their friends. Their stories portray courage and hope, and demonstrate the
inner strength and determination that exists in the human spirit when faced
with an unforgiving natural disaster. This emotive and heartfelt story shows
how even, in the most terrifying of circumstances, the will to live triumphs.
Excerpt from The Blue Dragon:
Chapter 5: An Excursion
The coach was making its way,
belching black exhaust. It went slowly, making short stops so that the children
could admire the beautiful scenery along the way. No one was in any great
hurry. They went through green tea and coffee plantations; through tiny
villages where the inhabitants, barely awake, were setting off to their jobs.
The children, in a fever of enthusiasm with their new found sense of adventure,
excitedly danced and sang on the bus. Such excursions were rare. Without their
families, they were going to experience a new freedom that would last two days!
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