The plot rockets along, the third-person narration peppered by agreeably colloquial dialogue. Mix a dash of humor with some action and adventure, throw in a couple of cute boys plus a gutsy heroine—this novel is a recipe for success—perfect for Top Chef fans with a penchant for the fantastical.
– Kirkus Reviews on A Dash of Dragon
This middle grade fantasy introduces an exciting world where engaging human and magical characters live together. The title tackles themes of abandonment, loneliness, risk-taking, trust, and friendship. Readers are likely to become wrapped up in Laila’s story and anxious to know what her fate will be.
– School Library Journal on A Dash of Dragon
A Dash of Dragon, by sisters Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, is fast-paced, funny and chock-full of action. Lailu is a brilliant chef, a brave and skilled hunter and a savvy business owner--but she is still very much a 13-year-old, whose curses include "What the spatula?" and, when she's really upset, "Butter knives!" Absolutely charming." "
– Shelf Awareness, *Starred Review* for A Dash of Dragon
"A zingy, buoyant adventure where the happy ending is certain but the path to it is enjoyably twisty."
– BCCB on A Dash of Dragon
"A wildly inventive fantasy with wide appeal."
– Booklist on A Dash of Dragon
Lang and Bartkowski continue Lailu’s adventures in a world that cooks up magic, fantastical beasts, steampunk science, and a dash of murder mystery in a story that will attract readers who enjoy not only fantasy adventure but cooking TV shows, such as MasterChef Junior.""
– Booklist on A Hint of Hydra
"Lang’s gripping tale is chock-full of adventure and action."
– School Library Journal on A Hint of Hydra
"solving the magical whodunit and battling against steampunk-inspired automatons easily reinforce Lailu’s heroism and allow for an engaging, self-contained adventure."
– BCCB on A Hint of Hydra