The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

US Cover art by Petur Antonssen
US Cover art by Petur Antonsson

Aventurine is not the kind of dragon who can sit inside her family mountain for decades. If she’s cooped up for even one more hour, she might explode! Her family claims she’s too young to leave safely, but she’s fierce and she’s brave, and she’s ready to prove it by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.

Unfortunately, the human she captures turns out to be even sneakier than she was expecting. When he tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she finds herself transformed into a puny, twelve-year-old human girl with tiny, blunt teeth, no fire, and not a single claw to use in battle. But she’s certain that she’s still the fiercest creature in these mountains – and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is walk on two feet to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…right?

Wild and reckless young Aventurine will bring havoc to the human city – but what she doesn’t expect is that she’ll find real friendship there, too, along with betrayal, deception, delicious chocolate…and a startling new understanding of what it means to be a human (and a dragon) after all.

“Funny, moving, and deliciously full of chocolate, I loved it!”

– Holly Webb, author of Return to the Secret Garden

This spicy, unexpected book takes several chances, and pulls them all off with panache

The Guardian

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Cover art by Freya Hartas
UK Cover art by Freya Hartas

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart was published by Bloomsbury Books on February 9, 2017 in the UK, on March 1, 2017 in Australia, and on May 30, 2017 in the US and Canada. It will also be published by Fischer Verlag in Germany on August 24, 2017, and by various publishers in France, Romania, Russia, Turkey, China and Poland (dates TBA).

Awards and Honors

A Cybils Award 2017 finalist.

Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award (9-11 category) 2018.

Shortlisted for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award 2018.

Shortlisted for the Ealing Junior Book Award 2018.

Shortlisted for the Worcestershire’s Awesomest Book Award 2018.

Selected as a Kids’ Indie Next Pick for Summer 2017.

Selected as one of’s Best Books of the Month (ages 9-12) June 2017.

A Best New Children’s Books Summer 2017 selection (recommended by independent children’s booksellers) at The Guardian.

Chosen for the Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017 (in the MG fiction section)

A Mighty Girl Book of the Year.


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In Stephanie Burgis’s The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, Aventurine is turned into a girl, but inside she remains ALL dragon, every fierce, lovable inch of her. This story is a delightfully delicious blend of magic spiced with adventure and a heart as sweet and warm as molten chocolate. I completely adored this book!

– Sarah Prineas, Author of the Magic Thief and Winterling series

Courage, kindness and chocolate – all my favourite ingredients in one gorgeous book.

– Hilary McKay, Author of the Casson Family series and the Binny series

Chocolate and dragons, together at last! Like sipping hot cocoa on a cold day, reading this book was an absolute delight. And by the end I felt like a dragon sitting on a pile of gold, knowing I’d found a treasure. Readers of all ages will love this deliciously charming adventure and its feisty dragon-transformed-into-a-girl main character, Aventurine!

– Sheila Grau, author of the Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions series