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A Novel for Young Readers
By Robert Jesten Upton


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Milo, a fifteen-year-old boy with a highly developed imagination has fallen through the cracks of his teachers’ expectations and lands in a world of his own fantasies where he becomes a participant in the Magical Scavenger Hunt. Surprised and baffled to find himself in such a strange place, he finds a talking cat who agrees to help him navigate the puzzles and trials of the contest. When he stumbles onto the discovery of a legendary talisman, he attracts the enmity of a powerful, vindictive wizard who pursues Milo as he unravels the mythical secrets and properties of the artifact. Milo gradually discovers that he must trust his own abilities instead of trying to do whatever others expect of him while remaining loyal to the friends he makes as he follows the clues that come his way. When at last the showdown with the wizard comes, it is Milo’s fundamental belief in himself that he must rely on. Includes Readers Guide.

Growing up on the ragged fringe of the Mexican border in the desert Southwest, Robert Jesten Upton always had an affinity for the remote, bare edges of civilization. On leaving his desert home he spent several years traveling back and forth between America and Europe, where he met his wife. After completing his formal education with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, he spent the next decade deformalizing it. With his wife, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to build a home, raise a daughter, and follow a career as a writer and editor, balancing his professional writing with the pursuit of fiction. Always an avid reader, fiction has been his Grail. Among other publications, he won a first place in an international writing contest with a story that was included in the CrossTIME Science Fiction Anthology. Milo and the Dragon Cross is his first novel.

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