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Character Spotlight: Jaxon

by Kayla Aldrich, Read to Them Staff

Hello, all! Welcome to the first of many super fun blog posts for the wonderful Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot. We thought an introduction to the title character in Dragons was in order! We’re so glad to introduce…


Name: Jaxon

Home: Brooklyn, New York.

Description: Jaxon is a young black boy with bright brown eyes. If you spot him on the streets of Brooklyn, it’s likely you’ll find him in a tee shirt and shorts with his backpack slung across his shoulders. Dragons may or may not be in his bag, so be sure to keep your sweets out of reach.

Family: Jaxon’s closest family member is his mom, Alicia. He loves her a great deal.

Friends: Jaxon’s best friend in the world is Vik. When Jaxon is dropped off at Ma’s apartment, he doesn’t quite know what to think of her and he doesn’t know if she likes him, but there’s time to better know one another. At this point, the story’s still young— Jax has plenty of time to make new friends along the way!

Personality: In the opening scene of Dragons, Jaxon is holding back tears. He hides his upset, because he doesn’t want to worry his mother. He’s perceptive, often observing things adults in his life might try to hide. When he finds himself in Ma’s company, he’s brave, and curious, asking many questions even if he doesn’t always get answers. Still, Jaxon is always ready to lend a helping hand, even if he feels out of his depth.

Hobbies: Jaxon is fond of reading and eating peanut butter sandwiches. Geography is one of his specialities.

Notable Quote: “Where did this box come from?”

Ah, Jax, those are famous last words! We can’t wait to hear what you all think about Dragons in a Bag. What to tell us how you find magic in your everyday life? Drop a video response or a text response to a fellow reader on the super-duper-mega fun Flipgrid page. We can’t wait for you to give it a read and, until then, we hope you enjoy Dragons in a Bag as much as we do. Stay safe, friends, and happy reading!

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