Dinosaur Hideout

Dinosaur Hideout

Book - 2003
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How can the remains of long-dead dinosaurs help save a modern family farm?

For Daniel, things can't get a lot worse. First of all, he's an amateur paleontologist but his dad's always on his case about it. They live on a busy farm, and Daniel's interest in dinosaurs is getting in the way of his chores. Second, while visiting his secret hideout, he has a run-in with Pederson, a secretive and unpleasant neighbour, that leaves him shaken and scared. And, above all, the family's in grave danger of losing the farm - a farm that's been theirs for generations.

Then, Daniel discovers several artifacts that lead him to suspect something hugely important is waiting to be discovered. This is so big it could change the way people look at dinosaurs. And, it could make the land so valuable that his family wouldn't have to move to the city.

Proving it is going to be the trick. There's not a lot of time; the bank's tired of waiting. As Daniel tries to map out a plan of action, he finds himself drawn to the gruff Pederson. Just what is he doing on that piece of land of his? Why does he seem so mean? Is he the key that can help Daniel save the day?

Judith Silverthorneis a multiple-award winning Regina-based writer. She is the author of seven Coteau novels for young readers, including: The Secret of Sentinel Rock, The Secret of the Stone House, Dinosaur Hideout, Dinosaur Breakout, Dinosaur Stakeoutand Dinosaur Blackout.

Publisher: Regina : Coteau Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9781550502268
Characteristics: 177 pages ;,20 cm.


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Dec 14, 2012

This is an awesome book I highly recommend it.

ljn14x Aug 28, 2012

This might be a good series for kids who have outgrown the Dinosaur Cove books by Rex Stout. The time-travel premise is a bit illogical; as in the Secret... books, all it takes is something from that era to fling you back in time. If that were the case, we'd need a special time travel collision ward for all the scientists, antique collectors, etc. ricocheting back and forth. And once when Daniel gets Cretaceous-era mud on his pants, which should be teeming with microscopic life, it doesn't interfere with the time-travel properties of a mere pine cone. Weird, but surmountable with a little suspension of disbelief. More annoying was the use of the word 'prone' for someone lying face-up (supine) in the third book, pages 38 and 39. Shouldn't a professional author know 'prone' does not just mean 'motionless', or is everyone just prone to not know vocabulary anymore?

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