The Last Synapsid
By Timothy Mason
(Yearling, Paperback, 9780440422686, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 8, 2011
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Faith, Colorado, doesn't get many visitors. But this spring, a mysterious creature is lurking on the mountain. Fiercer than a mountain lion, it's been hunting pets and horses, and leaving their remains scattered over the mountainside. But what is it, and what does it want? Only 12-year-old Rob and his best friend, 13-year-old Phoebe, are brave enough to investigate.
What they find on the mountain is beyond their wildest imagination. The last synpapsid—a squat, drooly creature that looks like a dinosaur crossed with a wienerdog not only speaks English, but also claims to need Rob and Phoebe's help. He's looking for his cohort—a violent carnivore called a gorgonopsid. If he doesn't bring it back to his time, history will re-align, humans will never evolve, and Rob and Phoebe will end up as nothing more than characters in an elderly synpapsid's dream.
TIMOTHY MASON is a playwright who wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He lives in New York. The Last Synapsid is his first novel.