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Softcover, 192 pages, middle grade fiction, ages 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-944762-55-1



About this Book:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Finch has trouble paying attention in school. He’s just too busy dreaming about uncovering a dinosaur fossil and naming a new species after himself—until he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it. He is determined to come to the aid of the mystery note-writer. But when the quest turns out to be harder than expected, Finch risks losing two things that he really wants —his best friend Noah, and a field trip to Dinosaur State Park. Acclaimed author Gail Donovan gets inside the hearts and minds of fifth graders on this journey told with unexpected humor and impressive insight.


"An amusing, empowering tale that should appeal especially to middle schoolers with abundant energy."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Finch, refreshingly, is wholly himself. He is not kind because he thinks he has to be, but because he wants to be. He enjoys his own interests and doesn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t like the same things. There are lessons at work here—to be kind; to help if you can––but the book doesn’t preach. Messages are subtly woven in to Finch’s fun story. The mystery of Finchosaurus keeps the plot moving, but the delightful characters and events are what make the story truly enjoyable."
––Foreword Reviews

Nov. 3: Launch party for Gail Donovan's Finchosaurus

Nov. 3: Launch party for Gail Donovan's Finchosaurus

Join Maine author Gail Donovan to celebrate the release of her new middle grade novel, Finchosauruson Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Portland Public Library. Naturalist and natural history educator Tony Sohns will also be on hand with natural wonders including a T. rex skull, fossilized poop, and an indoor fossil excavation for young explorers. The event will also include a reading of the book, a question and answer period, family activities, book sales and signing, giveaways, and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Sam L. Cohen Children's Library at 5 Monument Square, Portland. FMI: 207-871-1700 ext. 707.

Gail Donovan

About this Author

Gail Donovan is the author of the middle-grade novels The Waffler, What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?, and In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog, which was named a New York Public Library 100 Books



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