Cover Reveal: Jack Horner, Dinosaur Hunter


4-8 years


Historical Figure


Sophia Gholz & Dave Shephard

Summary:…Surprise! The reason I posted all those dinosaur books yesterday was to get your all pumped up for this upcoming Fall release about dyslexic paleontologist Jack Horner.

I’m really excited to be able to do this cover reveal from both an author and a publisher I love. Sophia Gholz, author of The Boy Who Grew a Forest, is now bringing us a book about a famed paleontologist Jack Horner!

From Sleeping Bear Press: “Finding his first fossil as a young boy sparked a lifelong passion for paleontology in Jack Horner. But the path to his becoming a world-renowned dinosaur expert wasn’t easy. Jack suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia and struggled with reading and schoolwork. But where he had difficulty with textbooks, Jack had no trouble understanding and finding the many places fossils were hidden.

After a stint in the U.S. military, Jack is offered a position with Princeton’s Natural History Museum and his skills as a fossil expert are finally recognized. While doing fieldwork for the museum in Montana, Jack makes a groundbreaking discovery that helps change perceptions of dinosaur behavior. And years later, when Hollywood producers need a dinosaur expert for a mega-movie, they call on Jack.

Author Sophia Gholz brings to life the dynamic story of paleontologist Jack Horner, whose passion and persistence blazed a trail to following his dream. Back matter includes a note from the author, more information about Jack Horner, dinosaur facts, and an activity.”

I also got the chance to hear from Sophia herself about why she chose to write about Jack, and doing a cover reveal with TTA: “Thank you for sharing the cover of JACK HORNER, DINOSAUR HUNTER! I am so excited to debut this book, especially here with The Tiny Activist. I discovered Jack Horner when I came across some of his quotes, while researching another book. As I read more, I became fascinated with Jack’s story.

I was a teenager who struggled with traditional school. I had to leave my public high school and attend an alternative learning center. At the time, I felt like a failure and that stigma stayed with me for years. As I got older, I began to realize that there is no such thing as “normal”. There is no mold that we all fit into. I was drawn to Jack’s story because he too was a person who struggled in school. But Jack never gave up and refused to let severe dyslexia hold him back. Instead, he created his own mold and made a new path while pursuing his dreams.

We are all so different. No person or journey is the same in life and that is not a bad thing. All of our unique perspectives and stories are worth sharing. I hope children (and adults!) find inspiration in Jack’s story.”

There is a preorder campaign going on now, and the book will be released in August. You can click the icon above to snag yourself a copy on Bookshop!

Sophia Gholz

Sophia Gholz is a children’s book writer, music lover, avid reader, and the award-winning author of The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

Dave Shephard

Dave Shephard is a children’s book illustrator and comic book artist. He lives in East Sussex, United Kingdom.

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