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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
Embedded deep in the ancient rock and sand of the Badlands lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling paleontologist father in the history books. But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. This could be Rachel Cartland’s ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers intensifies, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. But with both eyeing the same prize, their flourishing romance seems destined for failure. Can they join forces to find their quarry or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?
Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General’s Award-winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are The Boundless and The Nest. A two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.