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Peter Lee's Notes from the Field



by
Angela Ahn
illustrated by
Julie Kwon

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House Canada
Imprint
Tundra Books
ISBN
9780735268241
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Eleven-year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. But in one summer, that all falls apart. Told in short, accessible journal entries and combining the humor of Timmy Failure with the poignant family dynamics of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Peter Lee will win readers’ hearts.

Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. Okay, maybe two: to get his genius kid-sister, L.B., to leave him alone. But his summer falls apart when his real-life dinosaur expedition turns out to be a bust, and he watches his dreams go up in a cloud of asthma-inducing dust.

Even worse, his grandmother, Hammy, is sick, and no one will talk to Peter or L.B. about it. Perhaps his days as a scientist aren’t quite behind him yet. Armed with notebooks and pens, Peter puts his observation and experimental skills to the test to see what he can do for Hammy. If only he can get his sister to be quiet for once—he needs time to sketch out a plan.Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

312

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.9: points 8

Lexile

650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Paleontology. Brothers and sisters. Family life. Grandparents. Canada. Korean Canadians. Road trips. Journal entries. Art. Drawing.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Peter Lee has one dream in life, to become a paleontologist, and this summer he will finally have a chance to experience a real dinosaur dig. But when Peter’s passion is not enough to create success in the field, he finds himself adrift amid a changing landscape in his family, friendships, and his own goals. Who is he if he’s not enraptured with dinosaurs? Why does Hammy, his grandmother, seem so unlike herself at times? Told in short, journal-like entries and interspersed with glorious sketches, this is a relatable, rambling, realistic account of six months of Peter’s life. A transition from childhood obsession to evolving preteen interests, a vibrant sibling relationship, deep multigenerational ties, a celebration of Korean Canadian culture, and a sweet ending are the strong points in these field notes. However, at times Peter’s overbearing parents and the bully from school feel stereotypical and static even as Peter’s relationship with his grandparents grows and changes. VERDICT A sweet coming-of-age story packed with dinosaurs, sibling drama, and Korean culture, this is a solid choice for larger collections.–Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Sch., NE

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Peter Lee has one dream in life, to become a paleontologist, and this summer he will finally have a chance to experience a real dinosaur dig. But when Peter’s passion is not enough to create success in the field, he finds himself adrift amid a changing landscape in his family, friendships, and his own goals. Who is he if he’s not enraptured with dinosaurs? Why does Hammy, his grandmother, seem so unlike herself at times? Told in short, journal-like entries and interspersed with glorious sketches, this is a relatable, rambling, realistic account of six months of Peter’s life. A transition from childhood obsession to evolving preteen interests, a vibrant sibling relationship, deep multigenerational ties, a celebration of Korean Canadian culture, and a sweet ending are the strong points in these field notes. However, at times Peter’s overbearing parents and the bully from school feel stereotypical and static even as Peter’s relationship with his grandparents grows and changes. VERDICT A sweet coming-of-age story packed with dinosaurs, sibling drama, and Korean culture, this is a solid choice for larger collections.–Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Sch., NE

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