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Pair of Kings

One author, two very different novels: both satisfying

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Wesley King

Simon & Schuster Canada, Ages 8-12

Dragons vs. Drones

Wesley King

Razorbill Canada, Ages 8-12

A SENSITIVE, occasionally painful story about troubled teens, and a cross-dimensional adventure featuring aerial battles between fire-breathing dragons and drones armed with machine guns – at first, there seems to be very little in common between two new middle-grade novels by Oshawa, Ontario, author Wesley King. While OCDaniel uses humour and realism to fight stigmas and stereotypes about people who suffer from mental illness, Dragons vs. Drones mostly delivers on the promise of its title (which sounds uncannily like the product of a late-night brainstorming session by the creators of Sharknado). What the books share is King’s ability to turn seemingly unpromising premises into undeniably satisfying stories.

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