My father and I just finished The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh.
of the nice things about being a school librarian is that you learn
about the latest literary hits, and this one caught my eye the moment I
saw it. A short yet delightful tale as much informed by Asian mythology
as modern issues such as greed and exploitation, it was fascinating
watching Jiho Park - a boy immune to magic - brave the magical and
deadly Kidahara forest, a wilderness the realm's Princess Koko along with many
others disappeared into without a trace. Until the forest spits them out
again, pitting them and Jiho against an evil that would destroy not only
the Kidahara but the entire human world. Making this a most refreshing
Fantasy, the Eastern influences giving it a sparkle in a genre still
largely defined by Western-based worlds.