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Feather Brain
By author: Maureen Bush
Selling Points: "Bullying, imagination, dinosaurs"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2008
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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He launched himself at me again, raking his claws down my arm. I grabbed a book and beat him back. When he was on the floor on the far side of the bed, I dashed out the door, slamming it behind me. I leaned against it, panting, while he screamed and clawed at the door. What had I done?

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.

Word of Mouse Book Reviews - December 6, 2010
"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!"
Education Report, British Columbia Ministry of Education - April 1, 2010
"Lends itself to discussions around social issues such as bullying and differences in families."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - September 1, 2009
"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."
Canadian Teacher Magazine - May 1, 2009
"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."
The Bookmark (BCTLA) - February 1, 2009
"A delightful story...It would also be an excellent introduction into the study of dinosaurs...There are so many possibilities with this story!"
SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) - December 1, 2008
"An exciting read. Intermediate level students will enjoy reading about the what-ifs of taking care of real dinosaurs."
Resource Links - June 1, 2008
"A great daily read for the classroom."
Deakin Newsletter - May 1, 2008
"Witty and imaginative."


Silver Birch Express Honour Book, short-listed  CA  2009
OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2008
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2009
Sunburst Award honorable mention, long-listed  CA  2009
Golden Eagle Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
Red Cedar Book Award Nominee, short-listed  CA  2010


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