A Bone From A Dry Sea

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In two parallel stories, an intelligent female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing the lot of her people, and the daughter of a paleontologist is visiting him on a dig in Africa when important fossil remains are discovered.

In two parallel stories, an intelligent female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing the lot of her people, and the daughter of a paleontologist is visiting him on a dig in Africa when ...

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Overview

In two parallel stories, an intelligent female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing the lot of her people, and the daughter of a paleontologist is visiting him on a dig in Africa when important fossil remains are discovered.

In two parallel stories, an intelligent female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing the lot of her people, and the daughter of a paleontologist is visiting him on a dig in Africa when important fossil remains are discovered.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW's starred review commended the ``gripping'' narrative, in which scientific speculation, a feminist slant and a school of helpful dolphins coalesce in the tales of dual heroines born more than two million years apart. Ages 12-up. (June)
Sally Estes
Li, a female child in a tribe of "sea-apes" living some four million years ago, and Vinny, teenage daughter of a modern-day paleontologist, are the protagonists of alternating third-person stories, one extrapolating what life might have been like for an intelligent youngster in prehistoric times and the other demonstrating the difficulty of interpreting ancient shards. Li's narrative centers on the growth of her awareness of self and intellectual curiosity in relation to the other, less self-aware, members of her tribe, which lived and foraged along the African shore, "taking more and more to the water, changing in many ways." On a summer visit with her father at the now dry land site of what was once a sea, Vinny becomes involved in the search for fossils and the piecing together of shards and is caught up in the divisiveness between her father and the team leader. While both narratives convey a sense of reality, Li's, the more touching story, suffers at times from didacticism and authorial interference; however, characterizations are well fleshed out, and the parallels between the distant past and the present are drawn with conviction. All in all, a fascinating fictional look at a controversial theory of evolution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440219286
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Although the book might not have been very fast-paced I thought

    Although the book might not have been very fast-paced I thought the story line was fabulous and I couldn't put the book down because of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Not Very Good

    This book was requiered for my english class and is very boring. Only some parts were even mildly interesting. I found each page even harder to stay focused on than the last. Save yourself the misery. DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    My review of this book

    I think this book is pretty boring to be honest. But it's a good example for palentology. It's also a two sided story 'NOW' and 'THEN.' 'NOW' is about a little girl who is on an arcleogical dig with her father. 'THEN' is about a girl named Li. Li is from a LONG time ago. Li is a very smart person in the group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Thought-provoking for students of biology

    This is essentially a dramatization of Elaine Morgan's book 'The Descent of Woman' which argues that humans must have evolved by the seaside to explain many of our traits like upright posture and grasping ability of newborns. I was pleased and astonished to see this in a form that is easily accessible to kids. It is aimed at a high-school and older readership, but my precocious 8 year old loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    YES!

    AMAZING! OUTLANDISH! INCREDIBLY HOT! This one's def worth spending your shingles on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Bad Book

    I didnt like it. it was not exciting or a fun read. I dont recommend it to anyone if you like it your just dumb!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    A Bone From A Dry Sea

    i believe peter dickenson is a very interesting author. mr.dickenson in his award winning book a bone from a dry sea was as you may know or find out has a different perspective of this book. there are not one but two characters in this story. there are two different stories also that combine into one at the end! the main story will probaly hit you at the end. it gets better as you read and dont skip pages or chapters because then it will mess you up. you will enjoy the story after you complete everything and really the story is good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    A Bone From A Dry Sea

    i believe reading this book really didn't help me at all. Some point in the story was pretty good but the rest was really bad.if u decide on reading this book pay close attention to how the chapters change everytime u understand something. After a while u may like it. it has a major characters called-Li,Vinny. Thats all im saying so....... enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    A bone From A dry Sea

    A bone From A dry Sea is a interesting book, you can imagine how will evolution will start in that book, and very good advanture of discovery

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    Posted December 14, 2008

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