The Secret of the Dragon Gems


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$18.99  $17.66
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She earned a BA and an MD from Harvard and spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. She is the author of Midsummer's Mayhem, Much Ado About Baseball, The Secret Code Inside You, Seven Golden Rings, and Red, White, and Whole, which was a Newbery Honor winner. Find her online at, and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.

Chris Baron is the award-winning author of The Gray, All of Me, an NCTE Notable Book, and The Magical Imperfect, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book, a SLJ Best Book of 2021. He is a professor of English at San Diego City College and the director of the Writing Center. He grew up in New York City, but he completed his MFA in poetry in 1998 at SDSU. He lives in San Diego, California, with his family. Find out more about him at


The absorbing adventure is cleverly told through a series of varying media forms. . . There are codes to be broken and puzzles aplenty, and the slowly revealed sci-fi elements add real suspense to the proceedings. A modern-day mystery brimming with deep familial bonds, cross-country connections, and lots of magic.-- "Booklist"
The pair's back-and-forth exchanges outline their investigation while also allowing them to share slice-of-life details about Sam's Jewish background and Tripti's Indian heritage, particularly through depictions of holiday traditions and food, making this a well-balanced and pleasant adventure.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The multiple channels of communication feel current and effectively propel the action, and the scientific information about comets and geology is engaging. . . . Tripti and Sam's friendship authentically traverses the tough and tender waters of middle school, and their friendship proves to be powerful. A strong, suspenseful read about navigating friendship that includes a touch of the extraterrestrial.-- "Kirkus Reviews"