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Dinosaur hunter
Alphin, Elaine Marie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
In Wyoming in the 1880s, a young boy fulfills his dream of finding a dinosaur skeleton on his father's ranch, outwits a man who would cheat him, and sells his find to a team of fossil hunters.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 72909.
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
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Wyoming: the 1880s. Bone hunters comb the land, looking for dinosaur fossils. Ned Chapman works on his father's ranch and dreams of finding a dinosaur skeleton himself. When a violent storm washes out some old bones in the fields, Ned finds himself thrust right into the world of the bone hunters -- men so competitive that they will do anything to bring back the best specimen, even cheat each other!

Elaine Marie Alphin and Don Bolognese bring this fascinating slice of American history to life.

Author Notes

Elain Marie Alphin was born in 1955 in San Francisco, California. She attended Rice University and upon graduation she received a Watson Research Fellowship, a grant given to graduating college seniors to fund independent study and travel outside the United States. She spent the next year in England, doing research for a novel she was writing about Richard III and his murder of his nephews. She turned her research into a novel for middle-grade readers entitled, Tournament of Time. Her other novels includeded Ghost Cadet, Picture Perfect, The Perfect Shot, and Simon Says. She won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery and was named a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for the novel Counterfeit Son. She died on August 19, 2014 at age 58.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. From the I Can Read series, this fictional story takes place in Wyoming in the 1880s. The morning after a storm, Ned is helping his father check the fences on their ranch when he discovers the bones of a triceratops. Outwitting a fossil hunter who tries to cheat him, Ned finds a better place to sell his find. In an appended note, Alphin gives background information about the noted fossil collectors and paleontologists of the period, who collected, prepared, and preserved the dinosaur skeletons that were coming to light in Wyoming and Montana. Bolognese contributes a series of sturdy line drawings, tinted with subtle shades of color that enhance the story rather than distracting the eyes. The clearly written story, historical context, western ranch setting, and, of course, the dinosaur connection also contribute to the book's appeal. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-3-When Ned finds dinosaur bones on his father's Wyoming ranch in the 1880s, a fossil hunter tries to trick him into giving them up. However, the astute boy is able to outwit the swindler and eventually sells his treasure to a collector who promises to put the bones in a museum for all to enjoy. An author's note at the end tells of two paleontologists of the period. Illustrations in dull browns and blues are lightened by the red of Ned's shirt. Plenty of white space and the division of the story into six short chapters increase the book's accessibility, but the less than compelling plot makes it merely an adequate selection for transitional readers.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 After the Stormp. 4
Chapter 2 Real Fossil Bones?p. 14
Chapter 3 Something in the Dirtp. 20
Chapter 4 A Warningp. 26
Chapter 5 The Tricky Strangerp. 30
Chapter 6 A Real Dinosaur Hunterp. 39