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Publisher: Brilliance Audio$24.99
- ISBN-13: 9781481464161
- ISBN-10: 1481464167
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Samuel Bolt, son of short-fused fossil hunter Michael Bolt, dislikes school but excels as his father’s assistant. When Samuel meets Rachel Cartland, daughter of preeminent Yale paleontologist Professor Cartland, he is struck by her intelligence and directness. Both Rachel and Samuel join their fathers on digs in the Wyoming Territory, competing for fossil finds and the elusive T. rex. As their friendship develops into romance, their camps are endangered by the local Sioux tribe after Rachel and her father remove relics from a burial site. Rachel, expected to marry and become a society wife, must decide whether to obey her father or leave everything for Samuel and a life of exploration. Based on the 19th-century Bone Wars, Oppel’s (The Nest) story switches rapidly between the viewpoints of Samuel and Rachel, interspersed with the legend of the T. rex. While the politics of land ownership and the dynamics between native tribes and scientists is an absorbing and well-developed layer of the novel, the thrill of the hunt and the budding relationship between Rachel and Samuel take center stage. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)■
Life, love and dinosaurs
Fossil feuding is alive and well in Printz Honor-winning author Kenneth Oppel’s young adult historical novel Every Hidden Thing. Two esteemed dinosaur hunters, Professor Cartland of Yale University and non-affiliated “Professor” Bolt from Philadelphia are archrivals, mimicking the real-life competition between paleontologists O.C. Marsh of the Peabody Museum at Yale and E.D. Cope of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
In Oppel’s story, however, the real champions are the star-crossed young adults, who just happen to be the children of the eminent bone collectors. In a world where the adults are immoral enough to use their children to get information about their competitor’s dinosaur prospecting plans, every interaction is suspect. Is Samuel really attracted to Rachel, or is he just trying to flatter her to get information? Can Rachel overcome her loyalty to her father to let her feelings for Sam surface?
With the American West of the post-Civil War period as the backdrop, the book delves into the displacement of Native Americans by a host of government edicts. Additionally, a Sioux burial platform is brutally desecrated, an act that will have grave consequences.
As both professors race to find the giant bones belonging to the super-size black-toothed dinosaur, pressure increases between the camps. Rachel and Sam are also experiencing tensions from stolen kisses and sexual awakenings. The resolution of these issues confounds any speculation by the reader.