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Anya and the Dragon


Anya and the Dragon

Headstrong Anya is the daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family's livelihood is threatened by a bigoted magistrate, Anya is lured in by a friendly family of Fools, who promise her money in exchange for helping them capture the last dragon in Kievan Rus.


This seems easy enough—until she finds out that the scary old dragon isn't as old—or as scary—as everyone thought. Now Anya is faced with a choice: save the dragon, or save her family.

A Sydney Taylor 

Book Award Honor


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Anya is a new and mem­o­rable Jew­ish char­ac­ter who has forged her way into fan­tas­tic literature. Anya and the

Drag­on is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed, not only for chil­dren but also for adults eager to find high-qual­i­ty fan­ta­sy books with Jew­ish themes.

  Aimee Lucido  
 author of 

This is such a gorgeous story of friendship and bravery and harnessing your power, and I loved every minute of it!


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Anya and the Dragon received the Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Middle Grade published in 2019! 

The STBA is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.


One of my first acts of confidence with the manuscript of Anya and the Dragon was submitting it to the Ink & Insights critiquers. I paid $35 (I'm pretty sure) and got back a TON of amazing feedback for my first 100 pages. All entries were also put in the running for contest winnings, but I did it for the feedback and I was happy with that.

Then a couple months later I got an email telling me I had won second place for the Apprentice category AND had won Judges' Favorite!

It was such a huge confidence boost and why I had the courage to submit to PitchWars a few months later.

Anya (Kozlova) and the Dragon was a PitchWars '17 selection! I was lucky enough to work with the ultra talented Alexandra Ott, and she helped me fix this little novel up enough to land my agent, Rena Rossner, out of the contest!


Anya and the Dragon is a Lectio Book Award nominee!

Lectio Book Award’s mission is to encourage avid recreational reading, while also providing literary resources that support faculty in educating the whole-child.

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