The Fossil Hunters

The Fossil Hunters

by Marilyn Helmer, Dermot Walshe
     
 

Shelley arrives at her aunt and uncle's cottage on Grey Rocks Lake and is excited to see her cousin Kyle. Her excitement quickly turns to disappointed when she discovers Kyle's friend Marcus is staying at the cottage too. Shelley feels left out of the boys' games. Then the fossil she found at the beach goes missing, and she thinks Marcus took it. But when Topper,

Overview

Shelley arrives at her aunt and uncle's cottage on Grey Rocks Lake and is excited to see her cousin Kyle. Her excitement quickly turns to disappointed when she discovers Kyle's friend Marcus is staying at the cottage too. Shelley feels left out of the boys' games. Then the fossil she found at the beach goes missing, and she thinks Marcus took it. But when Topper, Kyle's dog, loses her ball, Shelley and Marcus are given an opportunity to become friends.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Perfect for a young reader...Many readers can put themselves in each character's place and think how they would have felt or reacted in the situation. I think this is a wonderful story for teaching about friendships and feelings. Recommended."
GuelphMercury.com
"Young readers seven to nine will relate to its messages about friendship and how it feels to be left out."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Chapter books for young readers are always in demand. This title from the "Orca Echoes" series deals with eight-year-old Shelley's eagerly anticipated summer visit with her cousin Kyle. The previous summer, they had a wonderful time exploring, picnicking and swimming around and in Grey Rocks Lake. The two cousins had even built a tree house. Now, a friend of Kyle's, ten-year-old Marcus, is also in the picture. He promptly dismisses Shelley as "just a kid." His constant bragging and series of plans that include just he and Kyle make Shelley feel unhappy and left out. When Shelley joins them on a fossil hunt down by the lake, she finds a rock with fossils imprinted on both sides. Kyle really wants it for his collection and tries to get Shelley to trade one of his rocks for hers. Shelley refuses and dislikes Kyle even more. When the rock goes missing from Shelley's room, she is sure that Kyle took it, only to have Topper, the family dog, prove her wrong. Abruptly, both Shelley and Marcus have a change of heart and they become friends. Though the message is well meant, it is not very realistic to have the two youngsters become friends so quickly. Whole page black-and-white illustrations accompany important events in almost every chapter. Purchase is optional. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554691913
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
HL390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Marcus, come meet my cousin Shelley," Kyle called.

Marcus walked over slowly. "Hi," he muttered. He looked at Shelley. "How old are you?"

"I'm eight," said Shelley.

"I'm ten," said Marcus. "You're just a kid."

"I am not a kid," Shelley declared. She decided she did not like Marcus very much. She wished he would get back in his car and go home.

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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