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Children's LiteratureYoung Josie hopes to become a famous paleontologist, and finding fossil proof of a previously unknown dinosaur along the stony beaches of Nova Scotia would catapult her to fame. But her plans to spend spring vacation fossil hunting at her grandfather's beach cottage are threatened by his leg injury and bad weather, both events trapping her indoors. Another complicating element is the new boy, Lucan, who has moved into a cottage down the beach and enjoys Josie's fear of his intimidating dog Hunter. Lucan is also determined to find valuable fossils, to help pay for the care of his dog. Helmer is modestly successful in conveying Josie's awe at the dinosaurs who lived so near yet so long ago and in arousing readers' interest in paleontology, although the suspense is mild and the plot predictable. Josie eventually stands up to Lucan's threats and pursues her important discovery, and these tense encounters are the most effective scenes. Written in large typeface and broken up with illustrations, the novel is useful for independent readers ready for longer books. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 7 to 11.