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The tea dragon society
2017
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When Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, discovers a lost tea dragon at the marketplace, she learns about the dying art form from Hesekiel and Erik. - (Baker & Taylor)

The Tea Dragon Society is the two-time Eisner Award-winning gentle fantasy that follows the story of a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids
Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic
ALA Rainbow List (2018)

2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids Comics Winner
Amazon.com's Best Comics & Graphic Novels (2017)
School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels (2017)


"A manga-flavored fairy tale just the right length to pair with a cup of tea." –– Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel)

"Undeniably whimsical and extremely cute." –– Kirkus

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own. BONUS CONTENT: Included in this gorgeous, oversized hardcover is "Extracts from the Tea Dragons Handbook", explaining more about the creatures with illustrations of all the dragon breeds not seen in the graphic novel.

And don't miss Aquicorn Cove, Katie O'Neill's adorable follow-up to The Tea Dragon Society. - (Diamond Comics Distributors)

The Tea Dragon Society is the two-time Eisner Award-winning gentle fantasy that follows the story of a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids
Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic
ALA Rainbow List (2018)

2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids Comics Winner
Amazon.com's Best Comics & Graphic Novels (2017)
School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels (2017)


"A manga-flavored fairy tale just the right length to pair with a cup of tea." &;&; Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel)

"Undeniably whimsical and extremely cute." &;&; Kirkus

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives&;and eventually her own. BONUS CONTENT: Included in this gorgeous, oversized hardcover is "Extracts from the Tea Dragons Handbook", explaining more about the creatures with illustrations of all the dragon breeds not seen in the graphic novel.

And don't miss Aquicorn Cove, Katie O'Neill's adorable follow-up to The Tea Dragon Society. - (Simon and Schuster)

Author Biography

Katie O'Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. She is the author of Princess Princess Ever After, Aquicorn Cove, The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival, and Dewdrop, all from Oni Press. She mostly makes gentle fantasy stories for younger readers, and is very interested in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life. - (Simon and Schuster)

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Booklist Reviews

This delightful, quiet tale, which began its existence as a webcomic, follows Greta, a blacksmith's apprentice, who rescues a tea dragon and is invited to learn more about the magical creature by its owner, Hesekiel. Greta, who has goblin blood in her family, and whose mother creates beautiful tools, becomes enchanted by the tea dragons and befriends a mysterious girl who can't remember much but was also taken on by Hesekiel and his partner, Erik. Tea dragon husbandry is a dying art, just like Greta's family business, and she's determined to take part in keeping the creatures alive. Readers will be drawn in equally by the inventive story and gorgeous artwork, which resembles Japanese manga in style but stands apart with lovely colors and lack of harsh outlines. The layout is easy on the eyes, and the back of the book includes an excerpt from the fictional Tea Dragons Handbook, which introduces a few other kinds of dragons not included in the original story. A gentle fantasy perfect for introducing young readers to graphic novels. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

In this tale based on the imaginative webcomic, a young blacksmith finds herself welcomed into a society that cares for tea-leaf-producing minidragons.With perky black pigtails, pink horns, and brown skin, Greta is training to be a blacksmith like her mother (who has large pink horns, brown skin, a nose ring, and impressive musculature). In their world, blacksmithing is dwindling in importance, although Greta's mom strives to preserve the art. One day, Greta happens across a darling, small green dragon. She learns the dragon belongs to a dignified-looking bespectacled llamalike creature named Hesekiel. Hesekiel, his wheelchair-using partner, Erik, and the enigmatic, hooved-and-antlered, cotton-candy-tressed Minette make up what is left of the Tea Dragon Society, a group that forms close bonds with the dragons and harvests the tea leaves the creatures grow. The relationship between dragon and owner, much like tea harvesting, is one that requires patience and an appreciation fo r craftsmanship; that general feeling is apparent as O'Neill's gentle offering languidly unfurls without much dramatic tension. As she did in Princess Princess Ever After (2016), O'Neill has composed a feel-good tale just right for middle-grade fantasy fans. In alluringly hued, manga-inspired illustrations, O'Neill's diverse characters distray an array of different skin colors, orientations, and abilities. Helping to add depth to the worldbuilding is an excerpt from a fictional tome that explains the history of tea dragons and their individual characteristics. Undeniably whimsical and extremely cute. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Old crafts are falling by the wayside in the enchanting fantasy world of O'Neill's second graphic novel, following Princess Princess Ever After. Part goblin, part human, Greta, a girl with brown skin and squat horns, is learning her mother's trade of blacksmithing, even though swords aren't used for much anymore. After rescuing a tiny tea dragon that has gotten lost at the market, Greta starts learning how to care for these creatures, whose horns sprout leaves that are harvested for tea. O'Neill sets her story over four chapters, one for each season, gradually expanding Greta's world and her understanding of it. Colored in a palette of warm greens, pinks, oranges, and blues, her delicately drawn panels hum with a subtle romantic energy, particularly when Greta learns the backstory between the two remaining members of the Tea Dragon Society, a goatlike creature named Hesekiel and his strapping, wheelchair-using partner, Erik. (There's also a whiff of burgeoning romance between Greta and Minette, a girl with unreliable memories who is also learning to care for the dragons.) A quiet, charming story of nurturing friendships and traditions. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4 Up—Greta is a young blacksmith apprentice who wonders whether her mother's craft is still relevant in contemporary society. When she rescues a little lost dragon in the marketplace and returns it to its owners, Greta learns about another fading art form—the care of tea dragons, small creatures who grow tea leaves out of their horns and antlers. She becomes fascinated with the enchanting dragons and their caretakers, and begins to appreciate how traditional crafts can create their own kind of magic by enriching lives, including hers. This book is wonderfully inclusive, and depicts a distinct and expressive cast of LGBTQIA characters and people of color. The title is reminiscent of a younger, more innocent version of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's "Saga," with many of the main characters possessing horns and antlers. The artwork is soft and fluid, with lots of rounded edges and complementary tones. The backgrounds are an integral and memorable part of the story—some details are so lush that they give the appearance of tapestries. VERDICT This warm and funny story would be a wonderful addition to most graphic novel collections. It quietly illustrates and normalizes a variety of family situations and personal identities.—Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

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