Breath of the Dragon

Breath of the Dragon

Diane Juttner Perreault


A Novel

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HE POINTED TO the wave of red hot flames swirling around the pots. Some pieces were still creamy coloured, but others were glowing like lanterns. “See the breath of the dragon, licking those pots with its capricious tongue? See the ones ready to come out, spheres of fire? One must be gentle, as if picking the most delicate flower.”

Pottery is one of the few things Krisjana shares with her father. But even that connection is tenuous as Kris, on the verge of turning 16, struggles through the trials of adolescence: drugs, alcohol and a sexually aggressive boyfriend. As her father’s heart disease worsens and she must face his impending death, Kris is forced to confront her fears of loss; loss of her childhood, innocence and relationships that seem ever changing. Through the healing art of pottery and with the help of an unlikely friend, her stepbrother Myles, Krisjana learns the real value of friendship and family. She also learns that some relationships are better left to be washed away by the waves on the beach.

  • WINNER of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

“Young adult readers, particularly girls, will sympathize with Kris as she struggles with the trials of adolescence and her infatuation with Ted.” – Canadian Review of Materials (CM)

“Not only does the author write vividly, but with sympathy and depth, making this a compelling and surprisingly uplifting novel. Highly recommended.” – Hi-Rise Newspaper



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Weight 0.227 kg

About the Author

Diane Juttner Perreault

Diane Juttner Perreault is a Winnipeg writer. Her short fiction has been published in Grain Magazine and her short story “Bella’s Story” was short-listed for the 1992 Journey Prize. Breath of the Dragon is her first novel.