Rottweilers roll over, there’s a new guard dog, or rather guard beast, on the block. It’s the disgusting, fiercely loyal and aptly named QUARKBEAST that accompanies Jennifer, the young protagonist in the humorous fantasy novel, THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER. Jasper Fforde has written lots of great books over his career including his Friday Next series, Nursery Crimes series and Shades of Grey (NO it’s not anything like another book with a similar name). But his Chronicles of Kazam series, which starts off with this quark-y adventure is my favorite yet. While it’s technically a YA novel, many middle-schoolers (and parents) would probably enjoy it too.