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Death by Dinosaur
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Death by Dinosaur
A Sam Stellar Mystery
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Fourteen-year-old Sam Stellar and her cousin Paige have decided to spend the summer working at the Tyrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, as part of the Summer Studies and Work Experience Program. While not the ideal scenario for a summer vacation, both girls try to make the best of it: Paige, a whiz with the computers in the IT department, has one eye on her work and the other on the adorable assistant helping out in the museum, while Sam, a wannabe detective (who has studied online), is convinced there's a potential theft about to happen.

Sure enough, Sam's hunch proves correct, and a piece from a fossil goes missing. Determined to solve the crime and apprehend the culprit, Sam drags Paige along as her unwilling accomplice, convinced she can unravel the mystery, despite the fact that no one believes her hunches.

As Sam closes in on the truth, things get ugly, as she finds herself kidnapped and threatened. Can Sam outwit her foe and save the museum?

Fourteen-year-old Sam Stellar and her cousin Paige have decided to spend the summer working at the Tyrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, as part of the Summer Studies and Work Experience Program. While not the ideal scenario for a summer vacation, both girls try to make the best of it: Paige, a whiz with the computers in the IT department, has one eye on her work and the other on the adorable assistant helping out in the museum, while Sam, a wannabe detective (who has studied online), is convinced there's a potential theft about to happen.

Sure enough, Sam's hunch proves correct, and a piece from a fossil goes missing. Determined to solve the crime and apprehend the culprit, Sam drags Paige along as her unwilling accomplice, convinced she can unravel the mystery, despite the fact that no one believes her hunches.

As Sam closes in on the truth, things get ugly, as she finds herself kidnapped and threatened. Can Sam outwit her foe and save the museum?

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  • Jacqueline Guest is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. Her books have received numerous Our Choice and Young Readers' Choice citations, as well as American Indian Youth Literature Awards in 2012. Guest's most recent work with Coteau, The Comic Book War, was a 2015 OLA Forest of Reading® Red Maple® Award nominee and a finalist in the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards. Jacqueline is a Métis writer who lives in a log cabin nestled in the pine woods of the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.

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    June 1, 2018
    Samantha Stellar and her cousin, Paige, are off to a summer internship at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta--a dinosaur museum. Sam is nervous about the upcoming internship due to a rash of thefts of fossils, heists that have occurred across Canada. On the bus ride to Drumheller, Sam, a white girl who figures herself as an amateur sleuth, spots a "mysterious passenger" with a "swarthy complexion" who looks "very Latin," which computes to "very suspicious!" Dubbing him Agent D, she decides to keep a "covert eye" on the "dark stranger," the bulge in whose jacket is obviously a gun. At the museum, Sam is paired with Jackson, a university student who works with her to sort through dinosaur fossils. When a vertebra disappears from the collection, Jackson is added to Sam's suspect list. After all, he speaks Spanish, just like Agent D (although he is cute and white). She decides to get to the bottom of this case, especially after she spots Agent D in the museum parking lot. A series of nonsensical searches for Agent D includes a motel visit in which Sam uses "Marge Simpson" as an alias, successfully convincing the clerk to share confidential guest information with two 14-year-olds. The plot is clichéd, the dialogue cheesy, the protagonist beyond silly--and the easy racism never seems to be called into question. There's no mystery here: Skip it. (Mystery. 8-12)

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