‘An old woman tells her grandchildren how her beloved teenage brother was destroyed at the time of the frenzied hunt for dinosaur remains in Nebraska [before the turn of the century]. Vivid description, deeply felt characterization, and a simple yet intricately crafted plot are all hallmarks of Conrad’s narrative. A celebration of the bonds of love and the eloquence of the human spirit.’ —BL.
1989 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1989 Children's Editors' Choices (BL)
1990 Teachers' Choices (IRA)
1989 Notable Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
1989 Silver Spur Award, Best Juvenile Fiction (Western Writers of America)
1989 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
1990 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
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Pam Conrad wrote many award-winning books for children, including the immensely popular The Tub People and The Tub Grandfather, both illustrated by Richard Egielski. She is also the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including Prairie Songs, a 1986 ALA Best Children's Book of the Year and a 1985 ALA Golden Kite Honor Book, and Stonewords, winner of the 1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- When she's 80 years old, Julia Summerwaithe decides to visit her grandchildren, Ellie and Stevie, in New York City, for the first time. She has something important to show them; in the Natural History Museum is the dinosaur she and her brother discovered on their farm in Nebraska when they were young. But even more important to Julia than seeing the dinosaur is sharing her memories of the discovery and excavation with her grandchildren. Through their grandmother's description of her rugged prairie childhood, her brother's untimely death, and the discovery of the dinosaur fossil, Ellie and Steve relive their grandmother's childhood adventures. Readers will be drawn into Julia's story, just as her grandchildren are, until her memories become more involving than modern-day surroundings. Although this book has less historical basis than Lasky's The Bone Wars (Morrow, 1988), the characterization of the grandmother makes the story more believable and more memorable. It's a shame that the other characters in this book, including the grandchildren, aren't as well defined as Julia. And the racist portrayal of an evil fossil collector's female companion is inexcusable in such an otherwise well written story. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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