Andy Shepherd is a children’s writer working on stories for 5-12 year olds. Growing up on the Essex coast, she spent most of her time scribbling stories and messing about in boats. She now lives near Cambridge with her husband, her two sons and an absurd number of tiny dragons, and spends her spare time trying to figure out how to move this beautiful city closer to the sea. Andy’s debut ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019, the Sheffield Book Award, and long-listed for the Blue Peter Book Award.
Disclaimer: Please note, all dragon-growing is undertaken entirely at the grower’s own risk and Andy cannot be held responsible for any damage your dragon may cause.
When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker.
‘Irresistible… a modern classic’ – The Guardian
‘A warm-hearted debut… lovely, expressive, characterful’ – The Sunday Times
‘Funny, original, imaginative, full of charm (and talons) – a truly lovely debut’ – Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’
‘Andy Shepherd’s debut is the literary equivalent of a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a warm, sweet treat that, the moment I finished it, made me crave the next one. An enchanting triumph.’ – Maz Evans, author of ‘Who Let The Gods Out?’