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Dinosaurs on the Beach

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Josie crouched to examine the small cave-like crevice. Suddenly her hand slipped and she found herself wrist-deep in icy water. By her feet was a small tidal pool.
Pieces of broken rock were scattered over the bottom of the pool. Her eyes were drawn to one of them. She scooped it out. What she saw made her gasp in amazed delight.

Josie explores the beaches and cliffs near Stone Tree Cottage in Nova Scotia, searching for prehistoric secrets. ...

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Overview

Josie crouched to examine the small cave-like crevice. Suddenly her hand slipped and she found herself wrist-deep in icy water. By her feet was a small tidal pool.
Pieces of broken rock were scattered over the bottom of the pool. Her eyes were drawn to one of them. She scooped it out. What she saw made her gasp in amazed delight.

Josie explores the beaches and cliffs near Stone Tree Cottage in Nova Scotia, searching for prehistoric secrets. Tiny bones have been discovered, but what are they from? Josie searches for the answer, but the boy from the next cottages is determined to find it before she does. And he is willing to do just about anything to succeed in his quest.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young 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.
—Ann Philips
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432601
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Orca Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Helmer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, moved to New Brunswick, then to Quebec, then to Ireland, then back to Canada, all before she was five years old. Perhaps that is why she loves to travel, both in North America and abroad. Marilyn's main passion though is writing for children. She discovered a knack for storytelling at a very young age when she made up wild and creative excuses for the occasional bout of mischief. In elementary school she became an avid Nancy Drew fan. With a couple of like-minded friends, she began writing and telling her own mystery stories. But it wasn't until many years later, when she started reading to her son and daughter, that Marilyn's dream of writing for children was born. Success did not happen overnight but it did happen. Marilyn's stories, poems and articles have appeared in children's magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her published books include picturebooks, chapter books, novels, riddle books and retold fairy tales.
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Josie crouched to examine the small cave-like crevice. Suddenly her hand slipped and she found herself wrist-deep in icy water. By her feet was a small tidal pool.

Pieces of broken rock were scattered over the bottom of the pool. Her eyes were drawn to one of them. She scooped it out. What she saw made her gasp in amazed delight.

On the rock were tiny raised prints. They looked like ... Josie held her breath. But could they be? Her eyes jumped back to the crystal clear water. There were more prints on the rocky bottom of the pool.

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