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ISBN13: 9780452296725
ISBN10: 0452296722
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A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway.

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.

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When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton near her English coast home, she sets the community on edge. Mary soon finds a champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an oscar- nominated film. Born and raised in Washington D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

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James Perkins, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by James Perkins)
Novelizations of historical events, especially when written by someone with obvious knowledge of the time period in general, make those events more understandable and easier to appreciate. Specifically, this approach helps me teach geology and fossils to my high school students ... facts wrapped up in relationships seem to grab their attention. Tracy Chevalier does an insightful and evocative job of explaining why people do the work of science.
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mcfrank, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by mcfrank)
Harsh but appealing landscapes, fascinating characters, rarely written about theme, a few surprises; all happening in another of Chevalier's carefully crafted historic settings.
As with most of her novels, I was sucked in immediately, and was forced to finish it late into the night. . .
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452296725
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.06 x 5.38 x 0.7 in 0.54 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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