It’s 10 years since D A Nelson‘s DarkIsle was first published.

And 9 years since it won the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

It’s much-loved for its humour and sense of adventure. No wonder so many schools choose it for novel study.

The dragon in the story is called Shona. The inspiration for her was this magnificent sculpture, which you can visit in Irvine on the west coast of Scotland. It sits above the sand dunes in Irvine Beach Park, just along from where the fabulous Tidelines Book Festival is held.

If you’ve not read DarkIsle already, what better excuse do you need than the new 10th anniversary edition?