Adventure and music intertwine in this fantasy story flush with hot city streets, stalking reptiles, and intoxicating jazz music. When Sassy Piero and her older brother Bobby hear the jazz music and decide to sneak out of their house to investigate the source, they meet a band called The Firebreakers. The band members, who are descendants of dragons, are a doorway into a magical new world, and Sassy must choose whether she wants to become a part of it. But to learn their music she must turn her back on her family and the world she knows. This supernatural story about choosing paths presents powerful themes of loyalty, community, and following dreams.

"The nights were hot that summer. As hot as red coals. The air was still as a sunken ship. The whole city tossing and turning, bad tempered, trying to get to sleep..."

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