Ruskin Splinter isn’t a typical hero. Despite his hopes and ambitions, it seems that the possibilities of Lizard Street are limited, and he is typecast by his knobbly knees, frizzy hair and squeaky voice. Somewhere there is a dragon, a ‘Krindlekrax‘. Corky, the school caretaker knows it. Can Corky hope to inspire Ruskin to become the boy he wants to be, a hero? We love this funny, bold and wonderful story. We recommend it to readers aged from eight years, or so.