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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 240
Themes: friendship, bravery, adventure, bullying, prehistoric creatures
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 16/Mar/2021
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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?

Caroline Adderson, author of It Happened on Sweet Street and Izzy in the Doghouse
“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.’’
Sara Leach, award-winning author of Count Me In
"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."
Kirkus Reviews
“Illustrations throughout add charm to the story. A good choice for lovers of animal and friendship stories.”
School Library Journal
“Engaging and intriguing...A heartwarming tale of finding home.”
Quill & Quire
“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.”
Publishers Weekly
“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.’”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A truly exciting and entertaining novel for younger readers. Highly Recommended.”
Must Read Literature: K thru 12
“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.”