A lovely, fantastical twist on the Ugly Duckling story: a dragon raised by rocs.
Wonderfully detailed illustrations by artist Richard Svensson bring Tephra and her adoptive family to charming, quirky life.
Between a Roc and a Hard Place by Danny Birt starts out with a mother dragon sacrificing herself to save just one of her children. Hunted by humans, wounded by their poisoned arrows, Wimsaalwn uses the last of her strength to hide the last of her precious eggs in a roc nest. The roc parents, Rose and Rocky Quartz, raise the baby dragon (Tephra) as one of their own children–but Tephra is not a roc, and the differences multiply as the years go on.
This tale is a lovely, fantastical twist on the Ugly Duckling story, but keeps going past the discovery of the swan’s true nature: Tephra, as she learns how to be a dragon instead of a roc, develops an unprecedented alliance with the creatures around her–including, eventually, the humans that she has every reason to hate.
Between a Roc and a Hard Place is a neatly woven YA tale of family, friendship, and learning to work with one’s own unique strengths instead of trying to copy another’s.
Throughout the book, the wonderfully detailed illustrations of artist Richard Svensson bring Tephra and her adoptive family to charming, quirky life.