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The 'Boy Who Grew Dragons’ is the first in a series of funny, magical, heartwarming books that prove once and for all it’s surprising where you can find magic, if you choose to look.

'Funny, original, imaginative, full of charm  (and talons) – a truly lovely debut’   

Kiran Millwood Hargrave,


‘When people ask me what we grow in Grandad’s garden, I think they expect the answer to be cucumbers, tomatoes or runner beans. I don’t think they expect the answer to be dragons. But there it is. We grow dragons. And I can tell you this – they’re A LOT more trouble than cucumbers.’



When Tomas finds a dragon-fruit tree in his grandad’s garden and a tiny dragon bursts out of one of the fruit, he discovers just how much more trouble than cucumbers they are.


But it’s not all about the chaos and exploding poo. The first time Flicker curls his tail around Tomas’ neck and looks at him with those bright diamond eyes, Tomas finds there’s a whole lot more magic in a dragon.


But if you grow a dragon you’d better keep them a secret, because who wouldn’t want their own dragon?

What people are saying:

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Andy Shepherd’s debut is the literary equivalent of a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a warm, sweet treat that, the moment I finished it, made me crave the next one. An enchanting triumph’     


Maz Evans, author of WHO LET THE GODS OUT?

‘My favourite sort of book – warm, funny, full of heart’


Polly Faber, author of MANGO & BAMBANG

‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons is funny, warm, wise and totally irresistible.’   


Jo Clarke - @BookLoverJo

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I absolutely loved THE BOY WHO GREW DRAGONS – Andy Shepherd’s debut is warm, charming, funny’

Ross Montgomery, author of PERIJEE AND ME

THE BOY WHO GREW DRAGONS with adorable illustrations by Sara Ogilvie is utterly charming, warm and funny and is sure to enrapture children’


Lorraine Gregory, author of MOLD AND THE POISON PLOT

The Boy Who Lived With Dragons 

'I haven't seen a class this engaged and engrossed in a story since I read Harry Potter and the Philospher's stone to a class when it first came out, many years ago.  I have been asked daily when is part 3 published.'  Mr J A Dummer

The Boy Who Flew With Dragons 

'to see the series go from strength to absolute strength...Laugh out loud humour with a bond between a boy and a dragon that’s irresistible to read… a series that will be read and re-read over and over again for years and generations to come.’  Scott Evans at The Reader Teacher

The Boy Who Dreamed Of Dragons

When Aura 'Queen of the Dragons' arrives at school Tomas discovers that growing new friends can sometimes be as tricky as growing dragons. But what will happen when she discovers their secret? And then there is Zing, a sparky new dragon with oversized wings who causes havoc wherever he goes.

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The Boy Who Sang With Dragons 

Tomas is a fully-fledged expert dragon grower and protector of the dragonfruit tree. He has eyes in the back of his head for watching over those sneaky dragons, awesomely fast reflexes for putting out sparks and dodging the diving antics of whirling newly hatched dragons. He's got it all down pat - and managing his little lightning bolt dragon Zing, too.

But he's not quite prepared for the adventure that awaits him when a huge secret is revealed about his new friend, Aura. A thrilling secret that will take Tomas and Aura on a journey of discovery that will finally unlock the last mysteries of the dragonfruit tree. A journey of discovery that all the dragons will be in on - and just what will happen when lightning bolt dragon Zing and storm dragon Flicker get together?

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The Ultimate Guide To Growing Dragons

Tomas, the boy who grew dragons, is officially the Grand High Dragon Master. He's lived with his dragons - Flicker and Zing - and grown dozens more. He's an expert at caring for the dragonfruit tree. He knows all the tricks for training dragons, nurturing dragonfruit seedlings and defusing dragon poo. So - he has this brilliant idea. He and his friends have got to get all their dragon expertise down, in one easy-to-read place, for them, and anyone else who might find themselves growing dragons!


The only problem is - Tomas's friends Ted, Kat, Kai, Liam and Aura are currently scattered all around the world, from Suffolk to Mexico to China. Perhaps, though, if they can get their heads together, they can figure this all out together, and create the most brilliant ULTIMATE GUIDE ever, together?


Of course, what they don't release is they still have a lot to learn about dragons!

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Dragon artwork used on this site courtesy of Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) & Nick Stearn (cover design)

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