The Garden Bone review by sylvie55555
Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Adventure
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 14
Reviewer's Location - Lexington, MA, United States
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Ever since Wences' parents died in a helicopter crash on their archeological expedition, Wences has laid off his obsession with dinosaurs. That summer was supposed to be a fun excavation project with the whole family. Instead, it ended in tragedy, leaving Wences and his brother in the care of their grandma. One day, Wences is in his backyard when he finds a mysterious object, which he quickly discovers is a dinosaur fossil. But what is a dinosaur fossil doing in Wences' backyard in Berkeley, and why does the fossil keep changing? Things get even weirder when Wences finds a real-life dinosaur under his porch! Can Wences and his friends Matteo and Jeanine discover where the dinosaur came from and return it to its home?


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While it was on the longer side, the storyline itself was very captivating and kept me reading. The pacing of this book was very consistent, which also encouraged me to keep reading. Even with plot twists and exciting scenes, I found that there was no one part of the book that felt boring or like it dragged on. Another thing that I enjoyed about this story was each character's background and development. I loved the individual backstories given to each character, which made it easy to understand the relationships in the story. Additionally, as I read further into the book, I started to understand more about each character. This book was funny, exciting, and surprising, and I recommend it to upper elementary schoolers looking for a fun read!

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