Synopsis from Islandport Press:
Finch has trouble paying attention in school. He’s just too busy dreaming about uncovering a dinosaur fossil and naming a new species after himself—until he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it. He is determined to come to the aid of the mystery note-writer. But when the quest turns out to be harder than expected, Finch risks losing two things that he really wants —his best friend Noah, and a field trip to Dinosaur State Park.
Acclaimed author Gail Donovan gets inside the hearts and minds of fifth graders on this journey told with unexpected humor and impressive insight.
About: Finchosaurus is a middle grade fiction written by Gail Donovan. It was recently published on 10/23/2018 by Islandport Press, paperback, 192 pages. The genres are juvenile fiction, friendship, and social themes. This book is intended for readers ages 6 to 10. According to the publisher’s website, “Islandport Press was founded in 1999 and published its first book in 2000. The Maine-based company celebrated its 15th Anniversary in 2014 and passed the 100 books published mark in the process. Islandport is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. We strive to capture and explore the grit, heart, beauty, and infectious spirit of the region by telling tales, real and imagined, that can be appreciated in many forms by readers, dreamers, and adventurers everywhere.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Finchosaurus on 12/1/2018 and finished it on 12/4/2018. This book is an excellent read! I like reading about Finch and following his adventures. He can’t sit still and the school accommodates him by letting him sit on a bouncing ball. Finch often daydreams so readers can totally relate to that. Another great thing about this book is the dinosaur references! When someone is mad, she looks like a Tyrannosaurus mad. I love his private investigation that turns into teamwork and finally becomes a secret mission to help those in need.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Atticus Finch Martin, 10 who goes by his middle name and loves to dig for fossils. Finch has an older brother named Sam who is 13. Finch is thinking that when he finds an undiscovered dinosaur, he will name it after himself, Finchosaurus. At school, the new assignment is Digging Deep. He thinks it deals with digging the ground so he brings a worm to class after his dig in the backyard but the teacher told him that it’s to do with poetry and he should leave his worm outside. When outside, Finch digs a new hole for the worm but before he puts the worm into the hole, he notices a note with the word “Help” on it. Finch then begins to investigate who had put that note into the ground and who really need help but afraid to ask.
Finchosaurus is very well written and a page turner. I love Finch’s family trip to Maine to visit his grandparents. I love that humor on keeping track of your height when you’re young versus old. A lot of occurrences packed up in this book. I like the comparison between where pets go when they are old versus grandparents. I love the ending when everyone turns around and help Finch. That got my eyes wet. The mystery solved and I couldn’t guess it either. This book is a fantastasaurus read and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, friendship, family, teamwork, siblings, dinosaurs,
I rate it 5 stars!
Gail Donovan is the author of the middle-grade novels The Waffler, What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?, and In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog, which was named a New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing. She is also an author for the Rainbow Fish & Friends picture book series based on the bestselling books of Marcus Pfister. Donovan, who was born and raised in Connecticut, lives in Maine with her husband and two daughters, where, in addition to writing children’s books, she is a library assistant at the Portland Public Library. (Photo and Info obtained from Islandport Press’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Islandport Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.