Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon (Book Review)

Hey y’all! Back at it again with another book review. On a Monday though? Yup, Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon comes out tomorrow!

When it comes to Netgalley, I tend to request children’s books and graphic novels because those are easier for me to read as eBooks. I have a major soft spot for those books because they’re the kind that will make reading fun for a whole new generation. This one wasn’t just any request though. This was a wish, and if you know Netgalley, you know wishes are rarely granted.

StoryGraph Synopsis

“I want to tell you a story about being a student ambassador, but that will be boring. So instead, I’ll tell you about the time I almost got eaten by a crocodile.”

When eight-year-old student ambassador Joseph Bazan wins a photo op with the President of the United States, he doesn’t quite know what to expect, but it certainly isn’t hanging out with the leader of the free world in a secret compartment inside the resolute desk! Joseph’s pluck and kid logic not only charm the president, but they soon help resolve a thorny trade dispute. This gives POTUS an idea. Across the ocean, eight-year-old boy king Nang Nukatau III has taken his father’s crown and clumsily stumbled into an international incident, and now Joseph’s got a pressing mission: talk the tiny dictator back from the brink of war!

The diplomatic slumber party soon goes from awkward to scary as the castle is stormed and the boys are lost across South Korea and Japan where they have to outrun bad guys, learn to read Hangul, unravel the riddle of Gyeongbok Palace, break out of an abandoned bathhouse, befriend an army of snow monkeys, and crack the Case of the Missing Dragon, all while showing Nang how to live in a world where everyone doesn’t always bow to you. Can a kid with a C+ in social studies solve the mystery and teach a king to be a kid?

Student Ambassador is a globe-trotting action-adventure set in the real world where dangers mount, the stakes are high, and smarts save the day!

Trigger Warnings: Death of parents, kidnapping, mention of war

Representation: half Mexican MC, Asian side characters, Korean language

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Good

Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon is my first ever granted wish on Netgalley and I’m so happy I got to read it. It’s funny, witty, and really diverse.

The story is action-packed, which is perfect for Middle Grade. It’s definitely the kind of book that will keep kids on their toes as they read it.

The characters and settings are really diverse. Joseph, the main character, is half Mexican. Joseph and Nang travel through Korea and Japan. There’s even a section where Joseph teaches Nang how to read Korean because Joseph’s babysitter is Korean and she taught him.

The humor in this story was great. I found myself laughing out loud several times. It’s such an out-there and ridiculous story in all the best ways, which makes it even more perfect for Middle Grade readers.

The Not so Good

Honestly, there wasn’t a single miss for me in this story. It’s told so well and the illustrations go with it perfectly.

All in All

I’m so happy my wish was granted. I’m going to buy a copy of this story for my cousins because they love action-adventure books and this is one I could definitely see them reading in a day.

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Have you read Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon?

Do you like Middle Grade?

What are your favorite graphic novels?

Let me know in the comments below, let’s chat!


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

7 thoughts on “Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon (Book Review)”

  1. I saw dragon and I obviously had to check out this review. xD Congrats on getting a wish granted on NG! I think I’ve had, like, two or three wishes granted ever, in the years that I’ve used it. It’s always a bit exciting, isn’t it?

    Pretty sure you’ve completely convinced me that I need to read this. I love humorous MG books (because MG knows how to do humor, apparently), and I’m always on the lookout for diverse funny books, especially! Gonna check this out for sure. Thanks for the review. 😀

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    1. Yes!!! This would be perfect for you Sammie 😀 It was so good that I’m getting my cousins a copy (along with some other adventure books)

      I was honestly so shocked when I got the email saying my wish was granted because I rarely even wish for books because I know how rare it is to get them. I’m really happy that this was my first wish that actually got granted


  2. Sounds like a great book! I haven’t been super into MG in recently years, but now that I have a kid I’m going to have to get back into it in a few years. I think I’ll start requesting MG chapter books on NetGalley soon. Normally I request YA & up and the binge the 30-36 page picture books when my ratio needs a boost.

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    1. Picture books are so great for the ratio! I literally do that all the time when I’m running low 😀 I want to get more into Middle Grade because my cousins are at that age right now and it’s also the age category for the manuscript I’m working on


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