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Eleven-year-old, Diego Ramirez becomes the envy of his school when he wins a writing contest and receives a coveted dragon statue handed out by Nathan Sullivan, the author who set up the contest. Though his tight knit Latino family proudly celebrates his success, they don't see what he does in the dragon he names Magnifico.
Magnifico slowly comes to life. At first his antics, like moving into a different place, seem harmless. But his tricks become more intense which frightens Diego. With the help of his friend Racquel, they try to get rid of Magnifico. However, Diego finds he has more control over the dragon as he discovers his bloodline, who he truly is and strength he didn't know he had.
Author Kevin Gerard ends up successfully weaving in a backstory with Diego's brother that seems confusing at first. Strong characters make Diego's Dragon Book One: Spirits of the Sun a solid introduction to a promising fantasy adventure series.
Rating: Recommended ****
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**This book was received at no charge to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was received. As always, I retain the right to give an honest review.