Sometimes books just have to wait for the right moment to enter my room of the much-loved. This one came across my desk a few times this fall and kept showing up in things I read online. When I was looking for a holiday gift for a dear friend’s kids, though, it popped into my brain, my cart, and to the top of the TBR pile, because if you’re giving a book to a kid, it helps to be able to really sell it to his mom, so that maybe she’ll read it with him. I know she’d love it, too, so you know, it’s kind of a sneaky way of getting her to read, too. Maybe not so sneaky for me, but you get the picture.
And there’s a good reason for all the attention it’s getting. It’s fun – confusing at first if you’re not used to alternative history – but fun. Dinosaurs are the public transportation? It’s 1863, the Civil War is on, and the kids at Colored Orphan Asylum are about dive in and change the course of at least a few bad white dudes’ histories?
Well. Ok. Why not? The characters are charming, the setting is intriguing, and anyone who’s visited New York City will have some fun imagining raptors and dinos and chimney-sweeping kids racing through Brooklyn and Manhattan, and maybe tweaking history in their favor, too.
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older