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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
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?
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.
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
|Publication date:||1st February 2018|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
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 RobertsMore About Kenneth Oppel
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