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Dactyl Hill Squad

By Daniel Jose Older

Review copy provide by Scholastics

Imagine dinosaurs, orphans plus a civil war plus the 1860s plus bad guys on a T Rex. Sounds pretty mixed up and a terribly confusing story. But you would be wrong – it is great. Like great great. Like GREAT. Like can this be a movie great?

The main Magdalys, an orphan from Cuba (so yes, a black girl is the lead and everyone should be jealous of this girl). She communicate with dinosaurs which is rare. The people rely on dinosaurs for rides and work. Magdalys works with other orphans (also all black), some black actors and some other adults who nice to fight against the bad guys. Through the whole story is a civil war (pretty much the one we know but with dinosaurs), lots of crazy dinosaur scenes and strong kids standing up for what’s right.

So obviously I liked this book. A key reason is I could imagine my classmates as the lead characters. This is the kind of book I want to share with them. I wonder if they would like it as much as I did. I am going to ask one of my friends to read this and review it. Keep an eye out for a second review on here.

I would recommend this book to kids who like dinosaurs and mixed up adventures.

One note: the book uses words like colored because it was used during the 1860s. So readers should be prepared for words that are no longer okay to be in the book.

This book comes out in September so you should be able to preorder it.

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