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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (March 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442442263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442442269
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—The Black Dinosaurs are four African-American boys from Ohio who enjoy science adventures. In this fourth outing, Ziggy and his friends attend Space Camp at the Huntsville, Alabama Space Center. Initially, Ziggy hopes to uncover evidence of aliens, but he quickly finds the program even more interesting. The book describes the camp in detail, from the Habitat dorms to the training equipment to the simulated shuttle mission and the graduation ceremony. The Dinosaurs are teamed with four sixth graders from a small Southern private school. The eight diverse young people work together well and Team America becomes the most successful group at camp. Draper seamlessly incorporates information about space science and astronautics into the text, with a distinct focus on the contributions of women and minorities. There is considerable humor and even a light touch of mystery, but the real emphasis here is on cooperation and respect. The book includes review questions and Web sites, although two of the URLs are not directly accessible. Although the plot has minimal conflict or suspense, the Space Camp theme, short text, and likable characters make this title worth considering.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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About the Author

Sharon M. Draper has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at

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HASH(0x9c880e1c) out of 5 stars Love this series! March 12 2013
By Keleigh Crigler Hadley, author of Revenge Inc. - Published on
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I have a 6 year old who loves to read. It is very difficult to find books that appeal to African-American boys but the 'Clubhouse Mysteries', (aka The Black Dinosaurs) are perfect for him.
HASH(0x9c38f9d8) out of 5 stars We love this series Oct. 16 2015
By TheraMom - Published on
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We love this series, especially its focus on a group of young Black boys. My son is hungry to read stories about young boys of color like him and these boys are loads of fun. My only complaint is the stereotypical and unrealistic way they have Ziggy, the Jamaican character, speak. He ends every sentence with "mon". They could have done a less stereotypical and more realistic portrayal. But all the books we've read in this series are big hits in our house and get read over and over again. Very appropriate for 6-8 year olds.
HASH(0x9c38d54c) out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 13 2015
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My son loved this book and loved how it had African American characters and talked about African American history.
HASH(0x9c865534) out of 5 stars Nice read April 5 2015
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Part of Draper's series of 4. Enjoyed each selection.
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My nephew loved this book.