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Land of the Lost Mammoths: A Science Adventure Hardcover – June, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Science Adventure Series
  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Perceval Pr (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974707805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974707808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book to share with your friends of all ages.
A reader in Berkeley
Although deservedly touted as a "Science Adventure," Mike Davis's novel is much more than this.
A. Perez
Finally, a book for kids has been written that is more than just your average adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What more could you want from a book? It's been a long time since I read a book that was as engaging as this one. I can't believe no one else has reviewed it yet. It was a page turner, without being annoying; it constantly surprised me with interesting facts without coming off like a collection of trivia--everything fit and made sense where it came up; I learned a little about Greenland and its culture, about the Vikings, about mammoths, about science, history, about folklore, new technology (do you know what a trike is . . . hint: it's not a three-wheeled bike) and all kinds of odds and ends (did you know a little soap powder will make a geyser erupt?).
Despite the array of intriguing facts, they only play a supporting role to an engaging and imaginative story that kept me reading steadily from cover to cover in just a weekend. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
This is the kind of book that teachers could use for all kinds of interdisciplinary units or enrichment projects (it's even got footnotes!) AND it's the kind of book that students would enjoy reading, whether or not anyone asked them too.
Read this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Science adventure" sounds like an oxymoron. But Mike Davis strays from urban theory here: a young adult science adventure with a few hints of sci-fi. "Land of the Lost Mammoths" is that rarest kind of kid book -- educational and fun, not to mention as intriguing to adults as to their honor student kid.

Four young students win special U.N. scholarships, thanks to their brilliance in biology, engineering, linguistics and ecosystems. They're going to Greenland, to study under celebrated scientist Professor Dansgaard. Jack, his half-brother Conor, Qavigarssuag ("Qav") and Julia soon find that Dansgaard is indeed brilliant, though rather eccentric.

But how eccentric? They find mammoth bones in Dansgaard's office, and learn that he believes that mammoths still exist somewhere nearby. He also believes that the descendents of an ancient Viking colony still live in hiding. The group travels to a legendary valley in a glacier, but things start to go wrong, pitting them against the forces of nature -- and a Viking sorcerer.

Perceval Press is best known for publishing spellbinding poetry, photography, music and other art. Here they take a small detour -- it's sort of a modern Jules Verne book for kids. Davis doesn't let the plot lag for a moment, and he's not afraid to sprinkle in stuff to give you thrills and chills. Is all this science and history boring? Heck no.

The plot is sprinkled with examinations of ecological and political ramifications. For example, Qav brings up the U.S.'s controversial presence in Greenland at one point. Another would be the conflict between the expedition members -- should they bring a gun into a Viking camp?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Perez on June 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although deservedly touted as a "Science Adventure," Mike Davis's novel is much more than this. Certainly one of the most unique features of Davis's novel is its ability to stimulate further reading and interest in the geography and history of Greenland and the science and technology of Arctic exploration. However, "Land of the Lost Mammoths" also imagines a land of magic and mystery, of places that cannot be named and of persons that give name to dreams.
As the first in an anticipated series of adventures, Davis's novel is engrossing, imaginative, and magical. His trio of male and female protagonists (Julia, Conor, Jack and Qav) are inspiring not only for their accomplishments, but for their response to the discovery of a lost world. Moreover, Julia and Davis's rejection of traditional "damsel in distress" adventure scenarios in the course of the novel is inspired. Davis has clearly offered a novel that will appeal to the imaginations of readers of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Here, Perceval Press delivers an offering that is delightfully different from its established niche in books centered on art, poetry and activist essays. Mike Davis brings forth a charismatic fictional tale that is sure to charm readers of all ages.
In "Land of the Lost Mammoths", Davis tells the story of four brilliant young students who spend their summer on a mysterious research project in the wilds of southeastern Greenland. Led by a renowned scientist and a powerful local spiritual leader, the group sets out on the adventure of their lives.
Not since I read James Hilton's "Lost Horizon" in my early teens have I been so captivated by a story that interweaves mystery and adventure so deftly with native cultures and the myths and tales of the long past. Davis' and Hilton's stories have much in common, as do their writing styles. The reader is drawn into the story immediately and turns each page eagerly anticipating the new developments. There is no section of this book where the plot slows or the interest wanes. You are propelled through all of the incredulous events as the story moves full-throttle towards the conclusion.
Davis has deftly modernized old themes of expansionist attitudes and conquest. It is refreshing to see believable characters who are concerned with their impact on native cultures, societies and habitats. The book inspires the young and encourages the not-so-young...and...anyone who honestly aspires to be called "Nuka".
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