The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons


Born To …

Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won’t let him forget that his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking. But when he’s attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand. Killing the giant locust is only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad’s death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose…


Praise for The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

Dan Elish’s new book is destined to be a kid-pleasing classic. Readers will be captivated as Ike Hollingsberry is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous world that killed his father. Giant insects! Dragons! TV shows that become … real! I dare any fan of Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Wonder Woman, Superman—any rollicking adventure story—to pick up The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons and not get hooked.
      ~ Deborah Heiligman, award-winning author of Vincent and Theo

Wow! Dan Elish really knows how to tell a story, and here he’s got a terrific one, full of action, myth, suspense, heart, and, of course, this being a Dan Elish book, humor. Plus (spoiler alert) fire-breathing dragons. Seriously, reader, what more do you want?
      ~ Bruce Handy, author of Wild Things and The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult

A wild tale of dragons, King Arthur, and giant bugs, starring a wry and charming New York kid. Fresh, fast-paced, and funny–Dan Elish works magic!
      ~ Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot and many other books for young readers

Dan Elish’s new middle grade novel, The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons, delivers nonstop action, humor, adventure, and suspense, sure, but it also packs plenty of thought-provoking moral quandaries layered with deeper themes of family and friendship.

Ike Hollingsberry, sixth grader, is in for a shock when he discovers his dad wasn’t the lighthearted TV performer Ike remembers — and didn’t die exactly as Ike has been led to believe. The mysteries unfold within mysteries, layering in everything from dragons, giant bugs, evil power-hungry New York City real estate developers (!), and Arthurian legends brought into the present day… to that weird kid from school who turns out to be kind of cool.

This is surely a book that will have eager and reluctant readers alike getting in trouble for staying up late with flashlights under covers past bedtime, eager to discover what happens in the next hilarious, suspenseful twist.

Dan Elish gets kids – their insecurities and their humor, their rivalries, their courage, and their passion. All that empathy combined with a super fun adventure yarn makes The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons a sure-fire hit.
      ~ Rachel Vail, author of over 30 books for kids and teens, including most recently the Justin Case books and Well, That Was Awkward.

Elish has done it again. His laugh-out-loud satire features hilarious kid heroes who practically pop off the page as they whisk us from New York to Florida and back on a seat-of-your-pants quest to save the world. Buckle up your dragon and get ready to rumble!
      ~ Maria Padian, author of Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress