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Grade 5–8—On his summer vacation, Jack joins his scientist father and a research assistant to tag lions on the Tanzanian savanna but is stranded in the wilderness when their small plane crashes, killing both men. The survival story takes an extraordinary turn when the injured 13-year-old finds himself cared for by a boyish primate he comes to call Stone Boy. Jack remembers his father's excitement, earlier, when Jack found a trail of ancient primatelike footprints and begins wondering if tagging lions was just a cover for a deeper interest in tracking evidence of early man. The author develops Stone Boy with just enough human qualities to make him endearing, yet realistic. The unlikely friends learn to communicate using gestures and noises, make spears to kill game, and build fires with glass from the plane. The short idyll is disrupted by the appearance of Stone Boy's tribe, including his mother; its alpha leader; and Mohawk, a primate whose penchant for violence makes Jack even more resolved to find his way back to civilization. A satisfying ending includes an emotional rescue and Jack's tight-lipped explanation of his experiences, protecting Stone Boy, as his friend had protected him. Factual information about anthropologists and African wildlife intertwines with speculative fiction to create a fast-paced adventure that middle graders will relish.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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About the Author

Petru Popescu is the author of The Return, The Oasis, Amazon Beaming, and the bestselling novel Almost Adam. He grew up in Romania and now lives in California with his family.


Product Details

  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 16, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BY77C2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Needed more knowledge about Australia. Good Story. Many with some historical value would enjoy it.
I ejoyed and liked it.
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I've read other of his books and enjoyed them too.
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Written in the Michael Crichton style but better.
A concentrated page turner, bringing along a lot of scientific facts. Good summer lecture.
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This book is the version of Almost Adam witten for the teen market. I very much enjoyed it. Thou I read it some time back it is basically about a boy that is the only survivor of a plane crash in the wilds of Africa and the young primate that befriends him saving his life. Their time together made for an interesting story and provided some examples of getting along with others who are not like us.
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By Jody M Clark on September 28, 2012
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I'd read Popescu's ALMOST ADAM twice before reading his young adult story mix of modern and ancient humans. In FOOTPRINTS, I enjoyed this deeper look at the updated issues involved in the search for a possible missing link. Looking forward to returning to the rim, or any other book Popercu develops for the series.
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