Winner Chocolate Lily Book Award, Finalist Red Cedar Book Award

“…combines the simple reality of loneliness with the fantasy of befriending extinct animals…A good choice for lovers of animal and friendship stories.”

Kirkus Reviews

“…most effective is the relatable and charming Henry, who learns lessons about bravery, trust, and friendship through his sweet relationship with a prehistoric friend.”

Quill and Quire

“…an intriguing look at what might happen if an ice age began today, and a heartwarming tale of finding home. A fun addition to fiction collections for early middle grade readers.”

Net Galley



Ten-year-old Henry Springs is thrilled when the wintery mountain town he and his mom recently moved to experiences a record-breaking snowfall. There are even rumors that the extreme weather could mark the beginning of a new ice age.

One day, while exploring one of the many tunnels running through the town’s snowbanks, Henry discovers a strange, prehistoric-like creature that is seriously injured.

Henry immediately names him Yarp and hauls the wounded animal back to his house on a makeshift sled. There he builds a secret cave for Yarp and slowly nurses him back to health.

But, as Henry soon discovers, Yarp is not the only unusual beast lurking in the neighborhood. Where did these creatures come from and how can Henry keep his new friend safe?

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