Why diversity matters at Christmas 03/12/20
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Shiels Krane has it all organised: she's the Student Body Chair, in regular dialogue with Principal Manniberg about a variety of vital student matters, and in a comfortable relationship with predictable, soft-bodied Sheldon (with whom she always has the last word).
But, one day, Pyke flies into the playground, grabs long-distance runner Jocelyn Legault in his leathery wings, and everything changes - leading Shiels to face her most primal desires and, finally, reimagine herself and her life.
Shiels is a relatable, intelligent teen trying to cope with the chaos that Pyke brings into her organised world. The magic realism of Pyke-as-pterodactyl doesn't detract from a thoughtful and sensitive, beautifully written tale of fitting in and being left out - and of - the sometimes painful coming-of-age experience.