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category: Children's Fiction
published: Mar 2021
ISBN:9781459824423
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

My Best Friend Is Extinct

by Rebecca Wood Barrett, illustrated by Cornelia Li

tagged: dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures, friendship
Description

Ten-year-old Henry Springs is thrilled when the wintery resort town he and his mom recently moved to experiences a record-breaking snowfall. There are even rumors that the extreme weather could mark the beginning of a new ice age.

One day, while exploring one of the many tunnels running through the town’s snowbanks, Henry discovers a strange, prehistoric-like creature that is seriously injured. Henry immediately names him Yarp and hauls the wounded animal back to his house on a makeshift sled. There he builds a secret cave for Yarp and slowly nurses him back to health. But, as Henry soon discovers, Yarp is not the only unusual beast lurking in the neighborhood. Where did these creatures come from and how can Henry keep his new friend safe?

About the Authors

Rebecca Wood Barrett is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose short fiction has been published in literary journals such as Room and the Antigonish Review. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Whistler, British Columbia, where she teaches writing and filmmaking to kids of all ages.


Cornelia Li worked in storyboard and editorial illustration before diving into the world of children's illustration. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in NY and LA, the Association of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the Ontario Library Association and more. Originally from China, she now lives and works in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 10
Grade:
3 to 5
Reading age:
8 to 10
Editorial Reviews

“I want a yarpie! Barring that, I’ll take Henry Springs, who is not only a brave and resourceful protagonist, but a terrific digger to boot. (Bonus: He’s NOT extinct!) Zanily original and wonderfully snow-filled, My Best Friend Is Extinct will delight readers of all ages.”

— Caroline Adderson, author of <i>It Happened on Sweet Street</i> and <i>Izzy in the Doghouse</i>

“This is a must purchase for elementary school libraries as well as home libraries as much for its unique plot and dynamic action as for its message to children who find a similar cause that can bring them together.”

— Must Read Literature: K thru 12

“Engaging and intriguing...A heartwarming tale of finding home.”

— School Library Journal

“A truly exciting and entertaining novel for younger readers. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"My Best Friend Is Extinct is a wild romp through the hidden world of a snow-covered town. Readers will cheer for quirky and loveable Henry as he navigates the challenges of friendship with his classmates and his new buddy and prehistoric creature, Yarp."

— Sara Leach, award-winning author of <i>Count Me In</i>

“Whimsical b&w illustrations increase the appeal of this sweet tale…Readers who enjoy adventure stories with animals will appreciate the fast-paced chapters and the touching bond between a boy and his 'bear.’”

— Publishers Weekly

“Illustrations throughout add charm to the story. A good choice for lovers of animal and friendship stories.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“My Best Friend Is Extinct is a wild romp through the hidden world of a snow-covered town. Readers will cheer for quirky and loveable Henry as he navigates the challenges of friendship with his classmates and his new buddy and prehistoric creature, Yarp.”

— Sara Leach, award-winning author of <i>Count Me In</i>

“I want a yarpie! Barring that, I’ll take Henry Springs, who is not only a brave and resourceful protagonist, but a terrific digger to boot. (Bonus: He’s NOT extinct!) Zanily original and wonderfully snow-filled, My Best Friend Is Extinct will delight readers of all ages.’’

— Caroline Adderson, author of <i>It Happened on Sweet Street</i> and <i>Izzy in the Doghouse</i>

“Artwork is expressive...to accompany Wood Barrett’s imaginative storytelling. But most effective is the relatable and charming Henry, who learns lessons about bravery, trust, and friendship through his sweet relationship with a prehistoric friend.”

— Quill & Quire

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