Oakes, Cory Putnam, Dinosaur Boy. Pgs. 224. Sourcebooks, Inc.
Over the summer, Sawyer starts sprouting stegosaurus spikes and a tail. When he goes back to school, not only are his classmates being bullies, but he finds out there’s a new principal who wants to get rid of every bully in the school. No questions asked, only expelled. Sawyer’s relieved, until the bullies start disappearing. What’s really happening to his classmates? Who or what really is the principal? Can he save his classmates before it’s too late?
Oakes handles bullying and discrimination expertly while adding a unique, intriguing plot. The characters and plot are interesting, engaging, and draw the reader into Sawyer’s world easily. Fans of Bruce Coville, mystery, and school stories will enjoy reading this book. EL. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.