Secrets of the Flame family lives a paradox—the need to bond and the need to let go. A parent’s job is to teach a child what he or she will need to know to live in this world. In turn, even the youngest child teaches us important life lessons. I should know. My son was a strict teacher.

Gwendolyn, a farm pig, adopts a mysterious egg.  Out hatches a baby dragon, who she protects from fearful humans and raises with her litter of piglets. She struggles to find ways to teach her little dragon, named Strange One, the things he needs to know—like how to fly and the secret to breathing fire.

But how can a pig know how to fly or breath fire?

As Strange One grows, he asserts his right to decide whether to stay on the farm or to find his own way in the wild world. His actions force Gwendolyn to face some painful truths. But how will he survive in a world he’s never known?

What will Gwendolyn do when her familiar world threatens her other children?

Will Strange One ever get fire? And, if he does, what will he do with it?

Secrets of the Flame: The Power to Protect is a rewrite of  The Pig and the Dragon with a new title and new cover that were chosen to be more age appropriate for middle grade readers. The book has been partially rewritten, but is basically the same story.

Secrets of the Flame is available on Amazon for $11.95, and the Kindle price is $4.95.

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Pic Ed. GuideGrace Nail, educator, prepared this Educator Guide with Common Core activities for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Study Guide with activities now available HERE in pdf form. Download and use with your classes.

There are questions at the end of the book designed to stimulate parent-child conversation.


6 thoughts on “Secrets of the Flame

  1. This book is wonderful, I read it to my partner and we were enchanted by the story.

  2. I read this book to my nine year old great grandson, and he thoroughly enjoyed the tale, a quality experience for both of us. It should be part of the elementary school curriculum, as a first high interest chapter book with a message. The study guide lends itself to discussion with teacher or parent. Well done, Cindy!

  3. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Linda. My hope has been that this book would be a read-together-and talk-about-it for adults and kids so I’m excited to hear about your experience. Please tell your great grandson hi and that I’m really happy he liked the story.

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  5. So nice to see another posting! Lovely photos 🙂 And yes, I have a bucket return-to list…some places are just so magical! I’ll have to wait until we get back to read some of the books you reviewed….they all sound interesting.

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