Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad

It's 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South. Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are on a field trip when the Draft Riots break out, and a number of their fellow orphans are kidnapped by an evil magistrate, Richard Riker.

Magdalys and her friends flee to Brooklyn and settle in the Dactyl Hill neighborhood, where black and brown New Yorkers have set up an independent community -- a safe haven from the threats of Manhattan. Together with the Vigilance Committee, they train to fly on dactylback, discover new friends and amazing dinosaurs, and plot to take down Riker. Can Magdalys and the squad rescue the rest of their friends before it's too late?

A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
An Andre Award Nominee
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


"An unforgettable historical, high-octane adventure." -- Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Dog Man series


VERDICT This high-energy title is perfect for middle graders, with its strong female protagonist, a fresh perspective on history, helpful notes and resources, and an honest portrayal of the complex topics of race and gender – School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Dactyl Hill Squad Book Review and Ratings by Kids - Daniel José Older
• Adventure, Fantasy, History
• Author: Daniel Jose Older
• Interest Level: Grades 3-6 – Ages 8-12
• Hardcover Editions

 

Titles:    
Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #1)

Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #2)

Thunder Run (Dactyl Hill Squad #3)



 

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