Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Dactyl Hill Squad

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book Review - Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad

About the Book
"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?

My Take on the Book
This is a fun historical look at the world through an alternative lens. I am not talking about a distopian past but instead incorporates topics such as racism, the civil war and more together, with Dinosaurs include as well. This may sound strange but as you read this, it really isn't. The way that the author includes Dinosaurs actually could have happened which is amazing to consider. The book tackles difficult topics without them coming across as heavy topics. The book was very well written and definitely one that I would recommend to all!

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