The Dragon Carousel


Written and Illustrated by Novella Genelza
Perfect bound, 32 pages, full color
ISBN: 978-1-937675-01-1

  • Reading Level: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Kindergarten, Pre-K


Written and illustrated by an eleven-year-old, this book takes young readers along for a ride in the life of Lily Chen, a young Chinese American girl growing up in San Francisco, California. When Lily’s life turns upside down, will she be able to find the strength to overcome her obstacles?

Look Inside the Book

sample pages from The Dragon Carousel

It’ll be easy for most children to relate to Lily’s dilemma. Her background, the description of the Dragon Carousel, the problems encountered in the new school and the denouement are all beautifully detailed, resulting in a magical, powerful message for young readers. […] A true treasure from a very young author.

—Kirkus Review (Read the full review.)

About the Author/Illustrator

Novella Genelza: Then and NowNovella Genelza is a writer, artist, graphic designer and poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from University of California Santa Cruz. During her time at UC Santa Cruz, she guided freshman writing students as a teacher’s assistant and worked for the school’s literary magazine, Chinquapin, helping with magazine layout, design and written contributions. She also did journalistic writing for Banana Slug News (BSN), the school’s own student-run television station. Continue reading