Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad

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It is the summer of 1863, and as the Civil War rages between dinosaur-mounted armies down south, and a tense New York City seems on the brink of exploding into riots, Magdalys Roca and the other children at the Colored Orphan Asylum are trying to survive; but when she receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez was wounded, Magdalys knows that somehow she must reach him--and just possibly her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may come in handy.
Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781338268812
1338268813
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Older Daniel 08/2018
Characteristics: 256 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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During the Civil War, Magdalys and her fellow orphans from the Colored Orphan Society are almost kidnapped and uncover a evil plot. How can they save the day? On dinosaurs!!! Dactylback, to be specific!

From Booklist: Magdalys lives in the Colored Orphan Asylum in 1863 Manhattan, in an alternate history where dinosaurs are as common as birds and as useful as horses. When the orphanage is destroyed, she and her peers (along with a few grown-ups) are thrust into the dark world of fugitive slave ki... Read More »

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JCLHebahA Jan 02, 2019

Grown-ups will likely require some suspension of disbelief for this story of dino-riding orphans during the Civil War. Yep. Dinos. In the Civil War. It's as fun a romp as that sounds like, though it deals some serious topics of race through illustrating lesser known events in New York. Great midd... Read More »

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OPLKIDSBOOKLISTS Nov 13, 2018

The year is 1863 and the Civil War is threatening to tear the country apart. Dinosaurs – both tamed and wild – roam the streets of New York City. Magdalys Roca, with her ability to control dinosaurs with her thoughts, escapes with her friends to the safety of Dactyl Hill. Can they rescue the ... Read More »

This story definitely has some buzz in the speculative fiction community, as well it should because it combines Civil War-era historical fiction with DINOSAURS. YES PLEASE. I already love Older's YA Shadowshaper books, so I can't wait for this one.


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JCLHebahA Jan 02, 2019

Grown-ups will likely require some suspension of disbelief for this story of dino-riding orphans during the Civil War. Yep. Dinos. In the Civil War. It's as fun a romp as that sounds like, though it deals some serious topics of race through illustrating lesser known events in New York. Great middle grade read, particularly for reluctant readers.

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