Thursday, July 14, 2011
A Bone From a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson
This book could make you want to become an archaeologist! It is two stories which run along side by side. In one, a young female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing her people, whilst in the other a present-day girl visits her paleontologist father on a dig in Africa where they discover important fossil remains. This is probably aimed at a much older audience than upper primary school children but it is within the reach of some of Bay students. It is a bit like science fiction in some ways but speculating on a past life rather than a futuristic one. It focuses on an ape-human society about 4 million years ago, when human intelligence is only emerging.