Every Hidden Thing

Kenneth Oppel's young adult novel centres around a boy, a girl and a legendary lost dinosaur skeleton.

Kenneth Oppel

Somewhere in the Badlands lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, but to 17-year-old Samuel Bolt, it's the "rex," the dinosaur that could put him and his struggling archaeologist father in the history books, if they can just quarry it out.

Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland, this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren't just relegated to books. 

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. (From HarperCollins Canada)

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"It's a tooth," I said to Papa.

Firelight ran like liquid over its smooth surface. We'd pitched our camp for the night and were sitting by a fire after dinner. I'd been waiting to present it to him in a quiet moment when he could appreciate it fully — and also appreciate that it was my find. He took the massive tooth in his hands and looked at me wonderingly.

From Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel ©2016. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

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