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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

by (author) Angela Ahn

illustrated by Julie Kwon

Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Humorous Stories, Multigenerational, Diversity & Multicultural
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price

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Eleven-year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. But in one summer, that all falls apart. Told in short, accessible journal entries and combining the humor of Timmy Failure with the poignant family dynamics of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Peter Lee will win readers' hearts.

Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. Okay, maybe two: to get his genius kid-sister, L.B., to leave him alone. But his summer falls apart when his real-life dinosaur expedition turns out to be a bust, and he watches his dreams go up in a cloud of asthma-inducing dust.
Even worse, his grandmother, Hammy, is sick, and no one will talk to Peter or L.B. about it. Perhaps his days as a scientist aren't quite behind him yet. Armed with notebooks and pens, Peter puts his observation and experimental skills to the test to see what he can do for Hammy. If only he can get his sister to be quiet for once -- he needs time to sketch out a plan.

About the authors

Angela Ahn is a former high school English and Social Studies teacher. She also taught English as a Second Language for two years in Hong Kong. She went back to school to earn a Master's of Library and Information Studies from UBC. Angela worked in all types of libraries, but only discovered the joy of children’s literature when she had her own children. She has been at home with her family for the last 10 years in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Angela Ahn's profile page

Julie Kwon's profile page


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award for Fiction
  • Nominated, Panda Book Award
  • Short-listed, Governor General’s Literary Award - Young People’s Literature - Text
  • Short-listed, Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Book Award

Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Text
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
A Quill & Quire Kids' Book of the Year (2021)

“[A] winsome . . . and fetching middle-grade novel.” —STARRED REVIEW, Shelf Awareness

"A sweet, science-y story of struggles and discovery." —Kirkus Reviews
“A sweet coming-of-age story packed with dinosaurs, sibling drama, and Korean culture.” —School Library Journal

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