Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop on the Blog Tour for Alex Neptune, Dragon Thief By David Owen and I would like to share a guest post written by the author, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Genre: Middle Grade (9-12 Years)
Release date: 04 08 2022
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.03 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $12.24 (USD)
Pages: ~ 256
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Description of the book: For as long as Alex Neptune can remember, the ocean has been trying to kill him. So he’s not too happy when a bunch of sea creatures drag him to the abandoned aquarium on the hill, where an imprisoned water dragon needs his help. But how can he say no to a magical creature?
Recruiting his tech-genius best friend Zoe, legend-lover Anil, a sharp-shooting octopus, three acrobatic otters and a thieving seagull, Alex plots a heist to break the dragon out. And suddenly discovers the power of the ocean at his fingertips…
Guest Post: Five Interesting Things About My Protagonist By David Owen
Alex Neptune is written to be fairly quiet and unassuming, but there are a few things that are interesting about him even before the story kicks off.
The ocean is trying to kill him
“For as long as Alex Neptune could remember, the sea had been trying to kill him.”
Most kids would love to live by the sea, but for Alex it just means his life is in constant danger. If he so much as dips a toe into the ocean of Haven Bay, his hometown, a wave roars up to knock him over or a current drags him off his feet. Friends and family think he’s just scared, but Alex knows there’s more to it. He just doesn’t know what. So all he can do is stay away from the sea all together.
He knows all about the ocean’s most deadly predators
If the ocean is determined to kill you, the least you can do is research all the weapons at its disposal! Especially when those weapons are sharks, jellyfish, sea snakes and cone snails (trust me, they’re scarier than they sound). Ask a question about any sea animal and Alex Neptune probably knows the answer.
He lives above a tourist shop
The Neptune family are the proud owners of Neptune’s Bounty, a tourist gift shop that sells everything you need (and a lot of things you don’t) for a great day out at the beach. Unfortunately, ever since the water turned foul, no tourists are visiting and business is slow. But at least that means Alex can get out of his weekend shifts and have fun instead.
He absolutely does not believe in undead pirates
The story goes that, under the light of the August full moon, drowned pirate Brineblood crawls up from the depths to roam Haven Bay in search of fresh recruits for his crew. Alex Neptune doesn’t believe the old legend, of course. It’s just a coincidence that he avoids going out after dark on the night of the full moon…
Sea otters, octopuses and crabs love him
Alex might be terrified of the ocean, but some of its inhabitants are starting to warm to him. An exotic octopus is determined to be his best friend, an army of crabs won’t leave him alone on the beach and four otters follow him home to wreak havoc (and battle the family cat). Maybe staying away from the sea won’t be so easy after all.
About the author: Having worked as a freelance games journalist and taught on a BA Creative Writing course for three years, David Owen’s debut novel, Panther, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and was followed by three further highly acclaimed YA novels. Alex Neptune is his first series for younger readers, born of his love for nail-biting heists, fantastical monsters and heartfelt friendships.
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