Dinosaur Boy

By Cory Putman Oakes


DINOSAUR BOY COVERDINOSAUR BOY is the story of eleven-year-old Sawyer Bronson, whose dinosaur gene kicks in the summer before fifth grade. He is forced to start the new school year as half stegosaurus, with seventeen bony plates down his back and a long tail with razor sharp spikes at the end. And when the kids who make fun of him start disappearing from school, he teams up with his best friend, Elliot, and the mysterious new girl, Sylvie, to find out what is going on. The answer will lead them to Martians. And Mexican food. And all sorts of adventures I hope you will enjoy reading about!

Kirkus Reviews calls DINOSAUR BOY “a series debut with more twists than a strand of DNA” and “an entertaining barrel ride past sheaves of middle-grade themes from bullying to racial identity” and School Library Journal calls it “[a]n ideal recommendation for reluctant readers.”

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DINOSAUR BOY is a Junior Library Guild selection and was selected for the 2016-17 Sunshine State Young Readers Award List and is a 2017-18 Minnesota Youth Reading Award Nominee!



Recipe: Mama Juarez’s Molé Sauce          Praise for DINOSAUR BOY          Pictures from the Launch Party!

The Dinosaur Boy Discussion and Activity Guide (Common Core State Standards Aligned)