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published: March 2008
ISBN:9781551438771

Feather Brain

by Maureen Bush

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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: March 2008
ISBN:9781551438771
Description

Lucas has dinosaurs on the brain, but he's a little short on friends. When he gets a new book on how to make model dinosaurs, he's inspired to make one immediately. He's not so inspired by his new dinosaur-making kit: all the box contains is a test tube of clear liquid and a few instructions. But when he mixes the liquid into his papier-maché goop, he gets much more than he bargained for, including the most unlikely friend.

About the Author
Maureen Bush is the author of five books for children. Before becoming a writer, she pursued other passions: she has a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in environmental design, a certificate in mediation and negotiation, and a postgraduate certificate of creative writing. She has worked as a public involvement consultant and trained as a mediator. Born in Edmonton, Maureen now lives in Calgary with her husband and two daughters. Visit www.maureenbush.com for more information.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
3 to 6
Reading age:
8 to 11
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award Nominee
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Golden Eagle Book Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Honour Book
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee
  • Long-listed, Sunburst Award honorable mention
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
Editorial Reviews

"Witty and imaginative."

— Deakin Newsletter

"A great daily read for the classroom."

— Resource Links

"The humorous plot will appeal to boys and middle grade reluctant readers and gave me quite a chuckle as Lucas attempts to disguise the dinosaur cries and scratches from his classmates and parents."

— Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"Kids love making the impossible, possible! That's why they will love Feather Brain...In this tale, Lucas loves dinosaurs and gets to take his obsession to new heights when he creates some model dinosaurs that come to life! If you loved the movies Night at the Museum or Jurassic Park you will love this book!"

— Word of Mouse Book Reviews

"Bush grabs the reader from the first page and pulls us quickly into a lively adventure...A great adventure story, this book deals with the issue of bullies and problem solving realistically."

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

"A delightful story...It would also be an excellent introduction into the study of dinosaurs...There are so many possibilities with this story!"

— The Bookmark (BCTLA)

"An exciting read. Intermediate level students will enjoy reading about the what-ifs of taking care of real dinosaurs."

— SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON)

"Lends itself to discussions around social issues such as bullying and differences in families."

— Education Report, British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Feather Brain

Part of the Orca Young Readers series, Feather Brain is a story about dinosaurs, loneliness, friendship and some of the reasons for bullying, told in the authentic voice of ten-year-old Lucas Clarke. Luke is obsessed by dinosaurs and spends his time at home alone making models. He is having trouble making friends at his new school thanks to a bully named Kyle who sneers at his dinosaur obsession. When the models come to life, Luke is in big trouble. He schemes to pass the liveliest model on to Kyle in revenge but this doesn't have the result he expected. Both boys grow in empathy and understanding and resolve the problem together. Bush is also the author of The Nexus Ring.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Feather Brain (Orca Young Reader)

Lucas has dinosaurs on the brain, but he’s a little short on friends. He receives a new book on how to make model dinosaurs and is inspired to make one straight away. When Lucas uses his new dinosaur-making kit, he gets more than he bargained for, including the most unlikely friends.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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