Dactyl Hill Squad (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #1)

Dactyl Hill Squad (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #1)

by Daniel José Older

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Dactyl Hill Squad (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #1) by Daniel José Older


"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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338268812
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Dactyl Hill Squad Series , #1
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 177,969
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


Daniel José Older has always loved monsters, whether historical, prehistorical, or imaginary. His debut series for young adults, the Shadowshaper Cypher, has earned starred reviews, the International Latino Book Award, and New York Times Notable Book and NPR Best Books of the Year picks, among other accolades. He has worked as a bike messenger, a waiter, a teacher, and was a New York City paramedic for ten years. Daniel splits his time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.

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"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?

Table of Contents

Part One: The Raptor Claw
1. Out the Door and Away
2. City of Whispers
3. Knuckleskull Checkpoint
4. A Letter from the Front
5. Fire at the Zanzibar
6. Brachy
7. Ka-Blam!
8. A Refuge in Ruins
9. The Records Room
10. Run!
11. The River Crossing

Part Two: Dactyl Hill
12. Midnight at the Bochinche
13. A Dapper Morning
14. Rooftop Dactyls
15. The Silo on the Edge of Town
16. Updates and Rumblings
17. A Squad Is Born
18. Assignments, Warnings, and a Code
19. Mission to Manhattan
20. Manhattan Skyline
21. The Not-So-Humble Abode of Mr. Harrison Weed
22. Caught!
23. Hedgehog, Granted
24. Trouble and More Trouble
25. Silo Jones
26. Plotting & Planning, Planning & Plotting

Part Three: Rescue Run
27. Out and Away Over the Rooftops
28. Piers & Pirates
29. Out into the Blue
30. Battle for the Ocarrion
31. Sea Flight
32. Chase Back to the Harbor
33. Cry Havoc
34. Stakeout
35. Parapet Swoop
36. Attack!
37. Abre Camino
38. The Shake ’n’ Drop
39. A Journey Begins

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