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Lightning Mary

Anthea Simmons,


  • History Time - blasts from the past
  • Facts & Information - lists, stats and plenty of facts

Average rating

4 out 5

One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby - Mary Anning. Ignoring other people's taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time when girls have no opportunities for such ambitions.


I thought it was a fantastic recreation of Mary Anning's life .It was quite a sad book. She made her fortune by collecting curiosities as she called them and discovered animal fossils and found dinosaurs bones. She was very poor and lived in Lyme Regis with her Mum, Joseph, Dad until he died and many babies which sadly died. This book is for people who are adventurous.

Marshal Fifi Bungalow 13.08.2019

It is the diary of Mary Anning (the famous fossil hunter) as she was growing up and discovering the wonders of the prehistoric world. For ages 9plus.

Director Daisy Unicycle 12.08.2019

I enjoyed this book.It was interesting because it was about a girl who really wanted to be a scientist but didn't get the fame she really deserved. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.

Baroness July Paddington 31.07.2019

a wonderful book, young Mary Anning searches for fossils with her father on Black Ven but when her father dies life must continue. Can Mary and her brother sell their specimens and will their baby brother survive the winter?

Queen Venus Eggybread 27.07.2019

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