Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #2)

Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #2)

by Daniel José Older

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Overview

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

Magdalys and the squad are flying south on pteroback. South to rescue her older brother. South to war.The squad links up with the dino-mounted troops of the Louisiana Native Guard, an all-black regiment in the Union Army fighting to free their people. They're led by General Sheridan, surrounded by enemy forces in Tennessee and desperate for any edge to sway the tide of battle. Magdalys's burgeoning powers might be the Union's last hope. But she doesn't want to abandon the search for her brother. And she might not be the only one with a mysterious connection to dinosaurs.With the Civil War raging around her and the Union on the brink of collapse, how can Magdalys choose between the army that needs her help to survive and the brother she risked everything to save?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338268850
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Series: Dactyl Hill Squad Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 241,448
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x (d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
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 Book of the Year picks, among other accolades. His debut middle-grade series, Dactyl Hill Squad, was named to the New York Times Notable Book list and to the NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year lists, among others. He has worked as a bike messenger, a waiter, and 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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In the sky just ahead, a small clutch of archaeops swarmed one of the new dactyls and slashed its wings, sending the creature into a shrieking plummet toward the trees. Magdalys shuddered -- the poor thing had come to save her and now...She blinked away tears, shook her head, and peered over the pteranodon’s shoulder. The girl stared up with a defiant grin. "So you're the Union’s new dinomaster. Just a child, I see. And a Negress at that." She shook her head pityingly. "I guess they're determined to prove to the world how pathetic their sham ideas about equality are."Magdalys had no idea what to say to that. All she knew was that people and dinos were being massacred all around her, and blood was pouring out of the creature that had saved her life.Another desperate caw rose inside Magdalys and Stella heaved suddenly to the side."Whoa!" Hannibal yelled behind Magdalys."I’m about to destroy your pitiful air cavalry," the girl said, pulling out a chain with a grappling hook at the end and sending it into a swing over her head, "but you can be comforted in knowing you were defeated by the greatest dinomaster that ever lived, Elizabeth Crawbell. I’m sure you’ve read about my exploits.""I haven't," Magdalys said. "I have no idea who you are."Stella had swung them away from the battlefield, and now the dark Appalachian forests filled the world below them.Elizabeth looked a little put out, then just shrugged and sent her grappling hook flying up toward Stella’s crest. With all the others busy fighting off the archaeops, there was only one way to dislodge this arrogant girl and her beast.Dive! Magdalys commanded. The last cohesive thought Magdalys had before the terror of a sheer plummet took hold was that she hoped the others had remembered to secure themselves to the saddle.

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