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Author: Martin, Laura
[#1] Two hundred years ago, the first dinosaurs were cloned. Before long, they replaced humans at the top of the food chain. The only way to survive was to move underground. When Sky Mundy's father disappears, Sky and her best friends venture into the lost world above ground to find him.
Edge Of Extinction, #1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 182471
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 71709
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/16)
School Library Journal (05/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 Gr 4–6—Sky Mundy has heard all her life how the Noah saved the citizens of the United States from extinction during the Dinosauria Pandemic, getting them into the old nuclear bomb shelters that were safe from ferocious dinosaurs and the fatal virus they carry. But Sky sees the dark side of the Noah's Marine enforcers. She is singled out because she is an orphan and thus a burden (though she refuses to acknowledge that her father, missing for five years, is dead), and her life is a litany of work details and isolation in the Guardian Wing of the North Compound. Sky desperately hopes for word from her absent father, and finally, on her 12th birthday, her best friend Shawn finds a clue hidden in the compass Sky's father gave her just before he disappeared. With that information, Sky decides it's time to go "topside" to look for her missing dad. Shawn helps her make a daring escape from the compound, and the two discover that the world outside is not as they were led to believe. There are certainly dinosaurs, and most of them are out to make Sky and Shawn dinner. But there are also people living topside, not to mention fresh food and fresh air. In this clever take on Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, the tale is reimagined on a worldwide scale. The characters are developed, and the postapocalyptic world is well imagined and replete with detail. The plot moves forward briskly, with a few good twists, and the ending sets up neatly for a sequel. Nonstop action, marauding dinosaurs, and kids on the run: What's not to like? - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.