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Raptor
     

Raptor

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by Paul Zindel, Daniel Horne (Illustrator)
 

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Zack's father is a paleontologist so Zack knows dinosaurs but he never expected one to hatch. Paul Zindel takes us on a thrill ride into the bowels of the mountains of Utah on a search for the hatchling and a herd of dinosaurs.

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Zack's father is a paleontologist so Zack knows dinosaurs but he never expected one to hatch. Paul Zindel takes us on a thrill ride into the bowels of the mountains of Utah on a search for the hatchling and a herd of dinosaurs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This latest of Zindel's (Reef of Death) thrill-a-chapter adventure stories serves up mutant dinosaurs as the monsters du jour. The story--centered around a teenage boy's hunt for a baby raptor--is densely seasoned with sequences of giant reptiles snagging and devouring their prey ("Its rancid froth and ooze reeked with the rot of death...."). The cast of stock characters includes Professor Norak, the paleontologist who discovers a dinosaur egg but drops it when he is mauled by the mother raptor; Zack, his son, who retrieves the egg and sees it hatch; Uta, Zack's Native American sidekick; and Dr. Boneid, the evil scientist who doesn't mind destroying the environment in order to capture a dinosaur and win greater fame. When the hatchling is reclaimed by its mother, Zack goes after it, on an impulsive (and ill-planned) journey into a Utah cave (the raptors' den). The caper nearly costs him his life, but some strokes of good fortune and Uta's quick thinking save him in the end. The author's new wave of fans will probably gobble up this novel almost as quickly as the raptors tear into the victims; those more appreciative of Pigman-type fare will heave another sigh of disappointment. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
For those who can't get enough of Dinosaur mania, here is Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Zindel's foray into the field. Zack Norak has bad thoughts about his family's move to Salt Lake City. When his paleontologist father is found near death at the mouth of a cave system, Zack's worst nightmare begins. Somehow (and this is never satisfactorily explained), several Utahraptors have survived for millenniums in a not-so remote part of the Utah desert. It falls to Zack to complete the great discovery his father has made. When Zack and his Native American friend, Uta, befriend a baby raptor named Honker, the raptor mother is out for revenge. An egomaniac paleontologist, Dr. Boneid, wants the glory of finding a live dinosaur all to himself. The gore and violence is at an extreme here - teens will have all the blood, entrails, vomit, and secretions they can stomach, and them some.
VOYA - Rosemary Chance
Zindel's fourth thriller displays a dust jacket surpassing the graphically sensational covers of his three previous HarperCollins monster novels: Loch (1994/VOYA April 1995), The Doom Stone (1995/VOYA April 1996), and Reef of Death (1998/VOYA April 1998). From the front of the book, a beast with slime-dripping fangs beckons readers to enter its lair for a frightful experience. Our hero, Zach, finds an egg in the remains of a rock slide that injured his paleontologist father on a dig in Utah. At home the egg hatches into a feisty dinosaur that imprints on Zach. Soon the mother dinosaur appears at Zach's house searching for her missing baby, which Zach has named "Honker." The huge rampaging raptor damages the house, scares Zach, and carries Honker away in her mouth. Zach and his friend, Uta, a Native American girl, set off for the tunnels and shafts of Silver Mountain, intent on rescuing Honker before anyone else discovers the dinosaurs. The gore and terror that follow will satisfy young horror fans as Zach and Uta encounter enormous catfish, wolf-like creatures, bats, and adult and baby Utahraptors. Although the mountain is flooded in an effort to kill the monsters, Zach and Uta escape to see Honker and its mother set free into adjacent canyon lands. Raptor blends the action and tension of an Indiana Jones story with the horror of Jurassic Park (Knopf, 1990/VOYA December 1991) for a thrill that middle schoolers will grab. Turning a corner from his darkly humorous, edgy novels such as The Pigman (Harper, 1968) that helped define the YA genre, Zindel admits he is just having fun. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A page-turner for older dinosaur lovers. While exploring a cave alone, Zack's paleontologist father is seriously wounded when he encounters a female raptor guarding her nest. After he is rescued, Zack goes to the area and finds a dinosaur egg, whereupon he is faced with circumstances that force him to make some very difficult choices. Add to this, an ego-maniacal professor, a Native-American friend and her wise grandmother, and highly descriptive prose, and the result is a teen perspective of Jurassic Park. If readers can survive the violent opening scene, they will enjoy equally descriptive encounters throughout the rest of the book. Although gory, these vivid portrayals make the narrative effective. Zindel is a master at creating and sustaining a mood and Raptor is no exception. From beginning to end, young people will be immersed in a battle between animal and man. In addition, the author adds to the plot by juxtaposing this encounter with society's fascination with sensationalism and materialistic nature. If Zack can capture a living dinosaur, his father will be a celebrity. There are several layers to this story and readers can determine for themselves how deep they will delve. The imaginative ending offers an opportunity for discussion about mutation and animal freedom.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786812240
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

PAUL ZINDEL (1936-2003) wrote more than 40 novels, including The Pigman, one of the best-selling young adult books of all time, and Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on My Eyeball! His Broadway play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won him a Pulitzer Prize and was produced as a film directed by Paul Newman.
Mr. Zindel taught high school chemistry for ten years before turning to writing full-time. His work as an author brought him to exotic destinations around the world, from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the monkey forests of Indonesia. Drawing from those experiences, he created The Zone Unknown series—packed full of horror, humor, adventure and bravery—with reluctant readers in mind. It includes six titles: Loch, The Doom Stone, Raptor, Rats, Reef of Death and Night of the Bat.

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Raptor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raptor by Paul Zindel What would happen if you lived in present-day Utah and your father was a paleontologist and he stumbled across an actual Raptor egg? Read on to find out what Zack does. Zack is a fun loving and adventurous teen who grows attached to Honker, the young raptor. Uta, his native american friend tries to stop him from going after the raptor after its mother takes it back. Can they track it down in the old abandoned mine. But first they have to make sure that the house is fixed-the mother literally destroyed it. Follow this brave little team as they travel through the mountains as they come across proof that dinosaurs do exist. Theme- you shouldn't set your hearts desire on something that won't last. If you like this book, I suggest the Jurassic Park series. I relate this book to my sisters, who always want things, but loose them, and another book with this theme is Where the Red Fern Grows! I loved this book, because it has lots of dinosaurs, which I love, plus lots of nature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I've ever read and if you love dinosaurs and action books this one is a perfect combination of the two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever! Its just great. So run as fast as you can to the libary and READ IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kids who are dimo fans will enjoy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good rp at Romeo and juliet Result 1, it going to be cool;) its just a regular rp or chatroom
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other one. Not the cheater. Im the cool one lol.
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Just plain foolish. Loved Jurassic Park and Lost World so I guess I expected this to be half as good but was I ever wrong. Do not recommend.
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If you like dinosaurs and scientific things, then you¿ll love Raptor by Paul Zindel. Pretend that you just discovered a large egg that hatches and produces a baby raptor. Zach is a clever, sneaky person. Professor Norak is a scientist who wanted to research Raptor. Mario is Professor Norak¿s assistant. Uta is a young Native American girl. In the story Professor Norak discovered a large egg and wants to discover what kind of creature will hatch from the egg, so he could make a new discovery. I would recommend this book to the age of 9-11.
Paul Zindel was born on May 15, 1936 in Staten Island, New York. His father also named Paul, left Zindel, his older sister Betty, and his mother for a girlfriend when Paul was 2 years old! This event began Zindels early adventures. After his father left, Zindels mother started moving town to town and from job to job. From shipyard worker to dog breeder next Betty Zindel seemed unhappy to keep any job. Yet Zindel offered a compliment to his mother: ¿what mother lacked in money, she made up for being able to talk a mile a minute.¿ Zindel¿s mother constantly threatened suicide. Zindel described his home as a ¿house of fear¿. He coped not only by creating a fantasy life, but also wishing he would be abducted by aliens. In 1951 when Zindel was fifteen, his wish to escape from his home was granted. He also wrote Loch.
When I found this information I got a strong connection with Zindel. My parents got divorced too and it¿s hard to handle, but I¿ve gotten used to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you intrigued with dinosaurs? If you are, then this is your lucky day because Raptor is the book for you! Raptor is about a California boy and his Indian friend Uta. Mr. Norak, a paleontologist, and Zack¿s dad got attacked by a Raptor and is found in a landslide. Uta gets him medical attention. While Mr. Norak is going to the hospital, Zack asks Uta to take him where she and her uncle found him. They checked out the landslide and then went into the mine. When they were looking around in the mine they found an egg, and soon found out it was a dinosaur egg. After putting the egg down in the bathtub, an animal hatched. He didn¿t believe it at first, but thought it was a Raptor. Zack named it Honker. A short time after, the baby Raptor¿s mom came to try to take it away. Eventually, she got him back and took him to the mine. I won¿t tell you the rest but these are some questions you should ask yourself. Are there any plot twists and will they try and get Honker back? Would you like to find out? Read this book! I recommend this to dinosaur lovers and people that just love a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen this book in passing but had never got a chance to read it until i was tossed into the clink. Uta and Zack's struggle with overcoming their inner demons and releasing that pent up emotion on the cave dwelling raptors really opened my heart to a new way of life. But the raptors and gore and death and blood and screaming and graphic images and sexual inneundos and violence and just absolutly everything except Uta and Zack was what made the book so frigg'n awesome. I totally recommand this book to everybody, especially adults because the children don't understand the true moral and themes of the story. I gave it a poor rating because it was a waste of my day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raptor was an OK book becuase some people died and raptors are cool. It was kind of boring at some times becuase zack and uta arent doing anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was alright.It had some boring parts like the beginning and in the end it was getting better because the dinosaurs were killing the guys, but it was a good book.This book could not be real becuase there are no dinasours in UtahOr any where else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Zindel did a great job on this book. like all of his books. Once you start to read this book you won't be able to put it down. It so amazing, sad, scary and so much more. i liked it so much I bought it. I made my best friend read it too. and she thought i was great too. Zach and Uta sound so cool. READ THE BOOK IT'S GREAT ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was amazing of how the writer put in all the gore and sounds. It felt like I was the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book with graphic descriptions. I could not put it down once I started reading it. I don't like to read that much but this book caught my attention, pulled me in, and wouldn't let me go until I finished the book. The way it tells every little thing is just amazing. If you like suspenseful, exciting, scary books, then this is the book for you. If you read this book you will want to read every book of Zindel's. This book is so great it should receive 20 stars. I love this book and it should be enjoyed by every person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is another that will go on Paul Zindels line of perfectly great books including Loch, Doom Stone, and Reef Of Death. It's a must read.... And i dont evn like books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It WAS SCARIER THAN JURASSIC PARK AND MORE ADVENTUROUS THEN GODZILLA. I HOPE PAUL ZINDEL RIGHTS A SEQUEL BECAUSE THIS BOOK DEFINETLY DESERVES ONE! I THINK THIS BOOK WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Action packed and full of surprises. Characters are positive, problem-solvers...no lackeys here! If you liked Doom Stone, Reef of Death, and Loch, you will love Raptor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me a little of Doom Stone, which Zindel also wrote. It was very good and got me into his books. I gave it three stars, but if their was a half star I would add it. I recomend it to readers into sci-fi or horror.