Avis and the Promise of Dragons

Book Author Heather McQuillan
Rights Available World excl. NZ 

This tear was a different sort. As it fell from scales to the air it hardened and gleamed clear as ice, and formed into a diamond. Humbert hummed again but not a sad hum. This was the hum of a dragon that had just received a promise as unbreakable as diamond.

Avis has a dream to work with animals, so when a scientist with a witchy-looking house offers her a job as a pet- sitter she jumps at the chance. But it turns out Avis is not looking after pets at all – the animals in Dr Malinda Childes’ backyard are as eccentric as she is and Avis has to promise to keep them a secret.

But one promise and one secret leads to more promises and more secrets and before long Avis finds herself overwhelmed by promises and secrets and responsibilities and one very BIG chocolatey dragonish problem.


About the Author
Heather McQuillan used to be a teacher who wrote. Now she is a writer who teaches. The two roles keep getting twisted and tangled. This is her third novel for young people. She also writes short stories, flash fiction and poetry for all ages. If she is not writing in her room at the top of a spiral staircase then Heather can often be found at The School for Young Writers in Christchurch, where she is a tutor and director.


The Cuba Press


B format



Junior Fiction

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Sophie Siers


The Cuba Press (represented by Millwood Press at Bologna Children’s Book Fair)
+64 4710822

... a fast-paced junior novel that does a lot more than meets the eye

The Sapling