Over two hundred years ago, a young girl discovers a fossil, and begins a lifelong vocation that earns her a place in history as Mary Anning the great paleontologist and fossil hunter.
"Mary isn't about to let the townspeople's gossip and criticism of her hammer, chisel and sturdy top hat (worn for protection from falling rocks) stop her. When she unearths a tooth embedded in a stone, Mary spends months tapping and brushing, chiseling and digging, unearthing a face almost four feet long. Atkins presents a sensitive if romanticized portrait of the real-life discoverer of the first complete ichthyosaur fossil... The patience and dogged determination of the unconventional Mary shines through, making her story one not only for dinosaur-lovers, but for those appreciate stories of strong girls as well." -- Publishers Weekly.