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Jul 06 2017

D-Bot Squad series by Mac Park

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Ill. by James Hart. Allen and Unwin, 2017.
Sky high. ISBN 9781760295981
Double trouble. ISBN 9781760295998
(Age: 5-7) Recommended. Dinosaurs. Robots. Adventure Stories. Susannah McFarlane and Louise Park authors of the popular series Zac Power have written an exciting new series perfect for young readers. D-Bot Squad takes place in a world filled with dinosaurs, high-tech gadgets and young riders who rescue and teleport these creatures back to safety.
In Sky high Hunter Marks is learning to ride his dino-bot, mastering the controls in windy conditions. He is part of the D-Bot Squad whose mission is to catch robotic dinosaurs that have escaped from a secret island. After being dive-bombed by seagulls and a dip in the sea, the young rider captures the pterodactyl and teleports it back to base. Unfortunately, when Hunter decides to ignore mission control and go after a second animal, he is caught in the claws of a flying Quetzalcoatlus and he needs to be rescued himself.
Double trouble continues Hunter's story, he is being held in the clutches of the flying dinosaur as it flies high above the sea. How can he escape? Charlie and her d-bot fly in to save Hunter, in a daring rescue. Teamwork is needed to capture this dinosaur and teleport this animal to safety.
Easy to read text, short paragraphs, engaging font styles and sizes are interspersed with a combination of graphic novel spreads to engage and encourage the development of reading and visual literacy. These D-Bot Squad novels are just right for reluctant readers and for children beginning to read chapter books. After sharing these fun stories, Early Years students can research the dinosaurs included, develop their own project cards, then design and create their own dinobots.
Rhyllis Bignell

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