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Every Hidden Thing

Written by Kenneth Oppel

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LoveReading View on Every Hidden Thing

In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There’s rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two epic expeditions to unearth an extraordinary dinosaur skeleton in the Badlands of early twentieth century America.

Rachel is the sharp-minded, snake-keeping daughter of Professor Cartland, chair of paleontology at Yale University. While she’s frustrated by the crippling confines of her era, Rachel’s passion for natural science knows no bounds and so she implements an inspired scheme to accompany her dad on a major expedition. Samuel is the son of volatile Professor Bolt, a self-taught fossil expert and collector. When Samuel first sets eyes on Rachel, he’s immediately drawn to her. She’s an enigma, unlike any other girl he’s ever met. Soon enough, their lives entwine when it turns out that they’re both seeking the same thing: the bones of the legendary Black Beauty dinosaur. As the rivalry between their feuding fathers intensifies, so too does their connection, and the double-crossing, dinosaur-loving duo surreptitiously meet, sharing updates on the progress of their respective endeavors as their relationship deepens. But all loyalties are well and truly put to the test when a real danger emerges…

The novel’s refreshingly original premise has been executed with lashings of elegance and energy, and the historical details about paleontology and Native American peoples are utterly engrossing - this truly is a treasure trove of adventure and romance. ~ Joanne Owen


Every Hidden Thing Synopsis

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the world has ever seen. To seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt - just kicked out of school - it's the Rex , the king dinosaur that could put him and his archaeologist father in the history books, if they can just dig it out. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the Rex.

For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where she can explore her loves of science and adventure. But if she can't prove herself to her father on this expedition, the only adventures she'll have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. And with both after the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. But as danger looms on the other side of the hills, Samuel and Rachel are forced to make a decision. Can they find the skeleton-and with it a new life together-or will the rivalry tear them apart?

Every Hidden Thing Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Olivia Tierney, age 19 - 'An epic adventure of explorers and scientific discovery. With a daring plot and irresistible characters, I loved Every Hidden Thing from start to finish.'
  • Emma Baird, age 14 - 'In this book the author perfectly combines fantasy, romance and history to create a plot which I believe will appeal to many readers. '
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'Every Hidden Thing is a fantastic book with an amazing and exciting plot which draws you in. Just about perfect for all dinosaur and romance lovers!'
  • Amy Laws, age 15 - 'A unique concept and an unusual setting lead to an interesting read.'
  • Ella - 'This book was not really for me but included a twisting story and a plot about fossils, romance and dinosaurs.'
  • Laura Solomon - 'Original and unique, Oppel has done something I've never seen before. I love it.'
  • Grace Spear, age 14 - 'I love this book because I feel like I really connected with both of the characters...I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves exploring and romance.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 14 - 'The never seen before love story is one that I’ll remember forever; however, the archaeology related story line was not one for me.'
  • Rose Roberts, age 13 - 'It is a book that makes you think. About palaeontology, about rivalry, and (sorry about this) love.'
  • Abbie Bavister, age 14 - 'To be honest this wasn't really my type of book but I could appreciate it was well written.'

Every Hidden Thing Press Reviews

The writing's earthiness brings the thrill of discovery, first love and a nail-biting chase vividly alive - Guardian

What a relief to read a novel that combines serious palaeontology with romance and adventure - The Times

Immersive, passionate and eloquent - The Scotsman

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781910989586
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910989579
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910989586
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 362 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn won a Printz Honor Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Prize. Its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller. His Silverwing trilogy has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and has been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Movie rights in This Dark Endeavour have been bought by the producers of Twilight. Read the author's biography here. Photo credit Mark Raynes Roberts

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