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Dinosaur Boy

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Everyone knows the dinosaur gene skips a generation. 

So it isn’t a complete surprise when Sawyer sprouts spikes and a tail before the start of fifth grade. After all, his grandfather was part stegosaurus.

Despite the Principal’s Zero Tolerance Policy, Sawyer becomes a bully magnet, befriended only by Elliot aka “Gigantor” and the weird new girl. When the bullies start disappearing, Sawyer is relieved—until he discovers a secret about the principal that’s more shocking than Dino DNA. The bullies are in for a galactically horrible fate…and it’s up to Sawyer and his friends to rescue them. 

"With issues like bullying, not fitting in, and heroism, this is a book that kids and adults will share and treasure. It's Wonder with dinosaurs and is sure to touch your heart." — P. J. Hoover, author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life

“A wild and wacky adventure...with enough twists and turns to rival a roller coaster, DINOSAUR BOY is sure to appeal to wonderfully weird kids of every shape and size.” —Kelly Milner Halls, award-winning author of Girl Meets Boy

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 08, 2014 – A boy-dinosaur hybrid, a girl who’s part alien, and a new principal’s plot to sell misbehaving students to a pet store on Jupiter sound like the ingredients for an intergalactic romp. Yet credible characters and real-life issues like bullying, appreciating differences, and being true to oneself keep Oakes’s (The Veil) series kickoff grounded. The summer before fifth grade, Sawyer sprouts bony plates and a spiky tail. He isn’t thrilled, but neither is he surprised: “After all, my grandfather had been part stegosaurus,” he explains. “And everybody knows that dinosaur skips a generation.” The thought of starting school with reptilian appendages (his mother sticks tennis balls on his tail spikes to prevent injuries to others) fills Sawyer with dread, and with good reason: class meanie Allan and others torment Sawyer mercilessly. The premise is inherently hyperbolic, but Oakes draws on everything from the dubiousness of zero-tolerance bullying policies (especially when they’re being used to ship students to Jupiter) to the importance of tolerance and the injustice of discrimination to create a story with unexpected depth. Ages 9–12.
Dinosaur Boy
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 4-7
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Feb 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Seller: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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