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Raising Rufus
by David Fulk


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Readers who loved E.T., Free Willy, and Jurassic Park will dive right into this adventure story about what happens when an extra-average eleven-year-old boy gets an extra-large pet: a giant T. rex

In the unremarkable town of Menominee Springs, Wisconsin, lives a twelve-year-old explorer named Martin, who one day stumbles across something remarkable.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Readers who loved E.T., Free Willy, and Jurassic Park will dive right into this adventure story about what happens when an extra-average eleven-year-old boy gets an extra-large pet: a giant T. rex

In the unremarkable town of Menominee Springs, Wisconsin, lives a twelve-year-old explorer named Martin, who one day stumbles across something remarkable.

It's an egg. But not just any egg--a dinosaur egg. And a week later, Martin becomes the proud parent of . . . a Tyrannosaurus rex

Can Martin save Rufus from his parents, his neighbors, and most importantly, the owner of the town carnival? With the help of his best friend, Audrey, and his science teacher, Mr. Ekhart, Martin must uncover his inner hero and find Rufus a home, even if it means losing the one thing he's come to really care about.

"Readers will cheer for Martin and Rufus in this funny twist on a boy-and-his-dog story." --Kirkus Reviews

"The premise of Fulk's first children's book has immediate appeal." --Publishers Weekly

"There's a lot of appeal in the "what if?" line of thinking that will attract young readers, and the adventurous and slightly dangerous elements that run concurrent to the friendship tale make this a surefire hit on multiple levels . . . This entertaining page-turner is a whole lot of fun, and it's to inspire lots of conversations among young readers."--The Bulletin

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385744645
  • ISBN-10: 0385744641
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Eleven-year-old Martin Tinker prefers hunting for “stones, dried leaves, and dead bugs” in the Wisconsin woods and experimenting in his “lab” (the barn on his property) to spending time with real-life friends. After he discovers a large egg frozen deep in a quarry, it hatches into an unusual lizard that immediately imprints on Martin, who names the creature Rufus. It doesn’t take Martin long to realize his lizard is actually a fast-growing tyrannosaur, a fact he keeps hidden from his parents. New girl Audrey befriends Martin, and when she discovers Rufus, he becomes a secret the two share. But Rufus’s growth (and growing appetite) are problems, and when Martin’s father’s boss, who owns a theme park, learns of the existence of a real, live dinosaur, Rufus’s future is in jeopardy. The premise of Fulk’s first children’s book has immediate appeal, and Martin’s difficulties with his father (who wishes his son was more into sports than science) and school bullies are handled well. While the pace can be slow, readers will stick around to see what becomes of Rufus. Ages 9–12. (June)

 
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