"This book is true fire. It is everything I didn't even know I needed." - Jacqueline Woodson
"This is the story that would've made me fall in love with reading when I was a kid." - Tomi Adeyemi
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?
Reviews and Awards
Advance Praise for Dactyl Hill Squad:
"Daniel has imagined the unimaginable and in doing so sends readers on a dino thrill ride. I have been talking about this book nonstop! The kids, the dinosaurs, the Civil War, this book is true fire. It is everything I didn't even know I needed." –Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
"An extraordinary adventure full of heart and imagination that adults will enjoy reading just as much as kids! This is the story that would've made me fall in love with reading when I was a kid." - Tomi Adeyemi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone
"In this Tyrexcellent historical realignment -- fast paced, but deceptively packed with amazing detail -- Older's uprising of sheroes and heroes grips, stomps, and soars from start to finish." – Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times bestselling author of One Crazy Summer
"Dactyl Hill Squad is an engaging, lively adventure with a heroine I wish I were, in a world I didn't want to leave." – Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award-winning author of Sing, Unburied, Sing
"This incredible story brings history to life with power, honesty, and fun." - Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Chains
"A crackling fantasy adventure full of thrilling scenes." - James McPherson, author of Pulitzer Prize-winner Battle Cry of Freedom
"As an historian of New York City, I'm thrilled with Daniel José Older's melding of the best of history and fantasy in Dactyl Hill Squad. I couldn't put it down! It was wonderful to see familiar people, places, and events in fantastic but still humanly true circumstances.What a perfect way to introduce history to a new generation of readers–I can't wait to share this book with my nephews.Thank you, Daniel José Older!" – Leslie Harris, author of In the Shadow of Slavery
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 272