#FridayBookShare Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel @ShelleyWilson72



Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.


I’m reading Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel.

First line:  I wouldn’t say my father was a violent man, but he wasn’t afraid to talk with his fists.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb:  Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But 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 and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Introduce the main character:  Charming, resourceful, adventurous

Delightful Design: 




Audience appeal:  Fans of Indiana Jones adventure-type stories with a sweet YA romance

Favorite line/scene:  “Then, sir, I will ask you to put down my fossils and step outside with me.”

Cartland laughed at this, but there was pinch of alarm in his voice when he replied, “I will certainly not step outside with you.”

“Put. Down. The fossils.”

“There you go,” said Cartland, placing them down.  “Will you assault me here?”

Amused titters from the audience – but only from people who’d missed certain monthly meetings in the past.


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