Daniel José Older
Daniel José Older is the award-winning author of YA and adult books. Recent books include Star Wars: Last Shot and Dactyl Hill Squad, his first middle grade book. His New York Times bestselling YA novel, Shadowshaper, was also a Times Best Book of the Year. He has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, a Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Andre Norton Award, and won the International Latino Book Award.
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Dactyl Hill Squad
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Great American Read Debate
Dactyl Hill Squad
"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?
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