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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1996 Cloth First Edition As New in As New jacket Book First Printing. Octavo, sky blue cloth covered boards with gilt spine titles. 197 pp. An ... adventure story of survival and rescue. A very tight, clean volume with very fresh cloth and sparkling spine gilt and an bright, white, unmarked, unblemished and unread interior. In a crisp, sharp, glossy, unclipped dust jacket. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Pristine. AS NEW. Read more Show Less

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Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
Fate is either working against Alyssa, or determined to teach her an important lesson. One moment surrounded by annoying people and boring dinosaur fossils, the next dragged along on a hiking tour of the Utah desert, she is both detached and bitter. Alyssa had come to the desert from New York to escape an abusive father and to witness the beauty of the landscape for its artistic inspiration. She wanted to be someplace else. Unfortunately, her wish was granted. When the group stopped to help a man dig his Jeep out of the mud, Alyssa noticed more than his irate ingratitude. This man had stolen a precious fossil from the museum. Determined to foil his plan, Alyssa stole it back. In a quick turn of events, Alyssa and Rob, a farm boy know-it-all, became hostages of a man who forced them through the endless desert at gunpoint. Alternating points of view allow us to explore diverse reactions to the same experience. From the characters, we learn much about tolerance of others, the strength of those in crisis, and the importance of working together. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-A gripping adventure story set in the Utah desert. Alyssa DiPietro, a 15-year-old New Yorker, is reluctantly participating in a teen tour through dinosaur country. She first encounters a dinosaur egg on display at the Dinosaur National Monument. Later that day, while hiking, her group meets a strangely hostile stranded motorist. In the course of helping to extricate his car from a dry stream bed, Alyssa discovers that he has stolen the egg, and she surreptitiously retrieves it. The scene is set for danger, and it doesn't take long for the thief to catch on. Surprising the teens at their campsite, he takes both Alyssa and her friend Rob hostage. The ensuing chase makes for page-turning suspense. While the nature of the story doesn't allow for extensive character development, readers learn enough about the two captives to care about their fates. The juxtaposition of the teens' thoughts about their fathers against their tense dealings with the increasingly desperate thief adds depth to the novel. A strong sense of place helps to heighten the adventure as the young people battle both a disturbed individual and the desert elements. Book talk this one to fans of Peg Kehret and Willo Davis Roberts.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Susan Dove Lempke
Alyssa and Rob do not get along when their hiking trip through Dinosaur National Monument begins; however, they learn to rely on and respect each other when they become separated from their group and are taken hostage by a man who has just stolen a dinosaur egg. Their adventures with "Skunk," as they dub the thief, include rappelling down a cliff wall and rafting through rapids in the dark. Myers' attempt at adding psychological interest by having the kids see Skunk in relation to their fathers isn't altogether successful, and the story is formulaic. Even so, the book is well researched and action packed.
Kirkus Reviews
In this rough-hewn survival adventure a menacing but incompetent fossil thief takes two teenagers on an aimless trek through the Utah desert.

Pining for New York but unwilling to go home for family reasons, Alyssa joins a group touring Dinosaur National Monument. While helping a man get his jeep out of the sand, she sees and pockets a fossil egg he has just stolen from the Visitors' Center. When he discovers his prize missing, Skunk (as he is nicknamed by Alyssa, for the stripe in his hair) takes Alyssa and another hiker, Rob, hostage. Where to? Skunk doesn't say. What's his plan? He doesn't seem to have one—and several contrivances rob the story of suspense: Along come hikers, just when the three need water, rock climbers just when they need rope, rafters just when they reach a river. An oarless whitewater trip later, the law arrives; Skunk shatters the egg, but Alyssa, as readers know, has created an exact duplicate from sandstone and made the switch. Rob and Alyssa spend more emotional energy thinking about their fathers than about survival, while the motives and character of the otherwise nameless Skunk remain mysteries—he is dispatched with an airy "if he behaves himself, maybe he'll get paroled in 25 or 30 years." Low budget TV movies are less shrink-wrapped.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786801152
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/15/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    A Wild Vacation

    Have you ever thought of a time that you wanted something real bad? Well that feeling has come across Alyssa. While taking a tour at the Dinosaur National Monument, Alyssa had taken an egg from an exhibit. After the tour ended Rob and Alyssa wewre taken hostage by a man who wanted an egg from the Museum. Durnig the next morning the suspect Skunk had taken Rob and Alyssa on a journey through the Utah Desert. By the late afternoon rolled in a storm had arrived. After the passing storm the teens and Skunk came across a steep cliff. After reaching the bottom Skunk stopped two hiker and stole their supplies and raft. After loading the rat the three began to drft down the river into rapids. After acouple of days on the river the teens recieved help and the police arrested Skunk.

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