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My Daniel Paperback – April 15, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
In PW 's words, "Conrad is at the peak of her storytelling powers" in this adventurous tale that "tautly builds suspense and culminates in a scene of epiphanic intensity." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- When she's 80 years old, Julia Summerwaithe decides to visit her grandchildren, Ellie and Stevie, in New York City, for the first time. She has something important to show them; in the Natural History Museum is the dinosaur she and her brother discovered on their farm in Nebraska when they were young. But even more important to Julia than seeing the dinosaur is sharing her memories of the discovery and excavation with her grandchildren. Through their grandmother's description of her rugged prairie childhood, her brother's untimely death, and the discovery of the dinosaur fossil, Ellie and Steve relive their grandmother's childhood adventures. Readers will be drawn into Julia's story, just as her grandchildren are, until her memories become more involving than modern-day surroundings. Although this book has less historical basis than Lasky's The Bone Wars (Morrow, 1988), the characterization of the grandmother makes the story more believable and more memorable. It's a shame that the other characters in this book, including the grandchildren, aren't as well defined as Julia. And the racist portrayal of an evil fossil collector's female companion is inexcusable in such an otherwise well written story. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I realize many people wouldn't care about the science being wrong, but for my kids, it was a deal breaker.
Comes on 4 CDs that run for 4 hours.
About the book:
Julia Creath Summerwaite is 80 years old and far from her Nebraska prairie home. But when she goes with her two grandchildren to the Natural History Museum, she once again becomes the young tomboy who helped her brother Daniel on his quest to find a dinosaur in the vast grasslands surrounding their sod home. Wandering through the museum, Julia brings Daniel to life as she tells her grandchildren of his irrepressible dinosaur fever and shares with them her fierce dedication to her brother. The old woman's poignant narrative is told through a magical blend of past and present that highlights the grandchildren's growing fascination with her adventure. As they hear her vitality and wisdom, she draws them, step by step, toward Daniel's dream. Pam Conrad, the award-winning author of Prairie Songs and over a dozen other beloved children's novels, creates a heartwarming celebration of timeless memories in My Daniel.
About the narrator:
Narrator Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred Recorded Books narrations to her credit. According to Kliatt, "Caruso's warmth and energy, clarity and moderatepace work together to capture the listener."