Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Reading 2015 Dinosaur Boy


Suppose your grandfather worked in a major science lab and one day someone added dinosaur DNA into the ice cream in the cafeteria? What if he became a human/dinosaur hybrid and the genes were passed down to you? How you would you like to go through 5th grade with stegosaurus plates down your back and a long spiked tail? (I'm pretty sure that 5th grade is hard enough all on its own.) Sawyer Bronson is actually living out this situation. Over the summer his dinosaur genes decide to kick in and he comes back to school looking a bit different than he did at the end of 4th grade. Most of his classmates take this as the perfect opportunity to tease or bully him. Unfortunately for them, the new principal is very serious about the zero tolerance policy. Classmates are expelled when Principal Mathis catches them picking on Sawyer. It seems like having the principal on your side would be a good thing, right? But what if rumors begin to circulate that the expelled students have not been in contact with any of their friends and it is suspected that Sawyer has eaten them? (Even though we all know that a stegosaurus is an herbivore.) Sawyer and his friends Elliott and Sylvie decide to investigate and get some answers. 

A perfect middle grade novel. Dinosaur Boy has humor, dinosaurs, bullies, good friends, lots of laughs, and maybe some of the bullies even learn a thing or two about their behavior. And this is not just a book for boys - Sawyer's friends Sylvie is a great female character and readers of either gender will enjoy the action, intrigue, and humor in the story. Give it try!

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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