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3.13.2016

Return to the Dinosaur Planet ~ Review

Return to the Dinosaur Planet
The Young Scientifics #1
By Cousin Summers

Peter Baker dreams about making a dinosaur find so great that he'll become famous.  But his summer plans get waylaid when his dad takes a job at a Natural History Museum and his mom goes to Africa to work on a remote dig.

Summer is looking not to exciting when he just happens to meet Casey Tucker.  Not only is Casey 12 just like Peter he spends his days at the museum too.  But endless exploring is out as Peter has to keep an eye on his little sister Pearl and Casey is helping take care of Jim Dandy, a monkey on loan from NASA.

Determined to make the most of the summer that they have, Peter and Casey steal away to do some exploring.  What follows was an adventure that they never expected.  An adventure that will take them through space and time.

This middle grade adventure will delight boys who are looking for something good to read.  Parents and grandparents will take comfort in the clean reading that this book offers, while kids will enjoy the adventure.  Think Journey to the Center of the Earth but better.

I was provided a copy of this book by TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:
PETER BAKER has a dream of being the youngest boy scientist by producing his own documentary show called Dinosaur Planet (and getting famous). Which shouldn't be hard because his parents are dinosaur hunters, and he's been working on dinosaur digs ever since he can remember.

But his plans get ruined when his father takes a job at a museum and his mother leaves for Africa. Now, he will not get to work on a dinosaur dig this summer, and must keep an eye on his younger sister every day, too.

Then he meets Casey Tucker, and his zoologist aunt. Here is a boy whose responsibility is to entertain a monkey from NASA (vacationing at the zoo) for several hours a day. But Casey's secret mission is to search for a legendary scientist that went missing years before, while working on a classified space project. At first, it's only fun and games. But it isn't long before the friends discover...

How dangerous some games really are.

About the Author:

Cousin Summers (the Mysterious) has lived up in a lighthouse on Summers Island for longer than anyone can remember. But it doesn't matter that no one remembers when the stories started. The important thing is the lighthouse is where they all come from. You might be wondering where the mysterious part comes in. It is because Cousin Summers is a shy person (and busy, too), who spends so much time writing stories up in the lighthouse that a lot of rumors have started. Which is all we need to say about that, because we know where rumors come from. Sometimes there's a little truth to them, too. Either way, you will have to decide for yourself. What is known for certain is that Cousin Summers (the Mysterious) does not mind sharing the island with readers who find their way there. Oh, yes, and you will occasionally see Miss Lilly there (the light housekeeper who only does light housework). She can answer questions you might have about Cousin Summers, but you have to be polite. Then there's the Captain, who has lived long enough to know something about everything. He talks to anyone who will listen, regardless of whether they are polite or not. There are others on the island, too. But that's enough for now.