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Dinosaur Boy
by Cory Putman Oakes


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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.  Read more...


 
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    Published: 2016-04-05
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Overview

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

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781492605379
  • ISBN-10: 1492605379
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Series: Dinosaur Boy #1

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science Fiction
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Bullying

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. Agent: Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agency. (Feb.)

 
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