DINOSAUR BOY is now a Junior Library Guild selection!

“This story blends themes about fitting in, making friends, and tackling challenges. Oakes emphasizes the effects of bullying and peer pressure. There are also plenty of fun science and sci-fi ideas woven throughout. The trim size and plot-driven pacing make this an ideal recommendation for reluctant readers. VERDICT A fun and funny read with layers of deeper issues.” – School Library Journal

“[A] series debut with more twists than a strand of DNA” and “[a]n entertaining barrel ride past sheaves of middle-grade themes from bullying to racial identity.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“Credible characters and real-life issues like bullying, appreciating differences, and being true to oneself keep Oakes’s (The Veil) series kickoff grounded…Oakes draws on everything from the dubiousness of zero-tolerance bullying policies … to the importance of tolerance and the injustice of discrimination to create a story with unexpected depth.” – Publishers Weekly

“A fun mix of school drama, science fiction, and humor, the story explores the daily hassles of living as part dinosaur, along with the real pain of bullying. First in a planned series, it should find a wide audience.” – Booklist

“[A] terrific start to a new middle grade Sci-Fi series that celebrates diversity, self-acceptance, and heroism. Middle grade readers of both sexes will love getting to know Sawyer.” – Beth Fish Reads

“A rollicking, action-packed read.” – The Austin American Statesman

“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

“DINOSAUR BOY is a delightfully zany and terrifically fun story” – Greg Leitich Smith, author of Chronal Engine and Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn

“Funny, fast-paced, and filled with surprising twists . . . [t]he ending will have boys and girls roaring for more of Sawyer’s adventures, and possibly wishing for their very own dinosaur genes!” – Nikki Loftin, author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy and Nightingale’s Nest

“And you thought your day at school was rough. Dinosaur Boy is a hilarious adventure and as sharp as a stegosaurus’s tail, with twists and turns on every page . . . Fantastic.” – Nathan Bransford, author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow