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Battlesaurus : rampage at Waterloo
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
Physical Description:
361 pages ; 22 cm
In this alternate history, Napoleon wins at Waterloo by unleashing a secret battlefield weapon--a legion of giant, carnivorous dinosaurs imported from the wilds of the Americas--and only fifteen-year-old Willem Verheyen stands in the way of the emperor's plan for world domination.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 14.0 174997.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 22 Quiz: 66430.
830 Lexile.


Material Type
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Teen Fiction Falkn
Teen Fiction Falkn
Teen Fiction Falkn

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Battlesaurus reimagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as something other than a crushing defeat for the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon - giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history - on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. In this world, smaller "saurs" are an everyday danger in the forests of Europe, and the Americas are a forbidden zone roamed by the largest and most deadly animals ever to walk the earth. But in his quest for power, Napoléon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth century weapons of mass destruction. Only Willem Verheyen, an outsider living in hiding in the tiny village of Gaillemarde, has the power to ruin the tyrant's plans. And Napoléon will stop at nothing to find him. War is coming, and young Willem is no longer safe, for Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo - fields which will soon run red with blood.

Author Notes

Brian Leston Falkner is a novelist who was born in Auckland New Zealand on July 20, 1962. He attended The University of Auckland and studied Computer Science but then went on to be a world famous author after receiving a degree in journalism. He has received many prestigious awards such as the Sr. Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction. His first published novel was a junior fiction story about rugby called "Henry and the Flea". he has published 4 different Series in Young Adult books such as The Tomorrow Code, Brain Jack, The Project and The Assault. In 2015 he made the LIANZA Young Adult shortlist for his title Recon Team Angel: Vengeance.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-What if dinosaurs never went extinct? What if they lived in the wilds of the European forests? What if Napoleon used dinosaurs as weapons during the Battle at Waterloo? Battlesaurus answers all of these questions and more. The story begins shortly before the infamous battle of Waterloo, in a small village in northern France. The people of the village never had to worry much about the dinosaurs who roamed the forests on the edges of town, until the day the body of a young woman is found mauled by some horrific monster. This first death unleashes a chain of events, culminating in a giant carnivorous dinosaur invading the village. When a young man successfully defeats the dinosaur, he must flee the country before Napoléon has him destroyed for his knowledge. Part historical fiction, part dinosaur fantasy mash-up, this book will appeal to history buffs and dinosaur fanatics alike. The battle scenes between Napoléon's army and the British are depicted in incredible detail, making readers feel as if they are right in the midst of the fight. While the dinosaurs are obviously not historically accurate, they are a humorous addition to the history of the Napoleonic Wars. VERDICT The first of a promising duology that readers will find thrilling and positively addicting.-Annalise Ammer, City of Rochester Public Libraries, NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, Napolion claimed victory at Waterloo with his terrifying battlesaurs; now he is determined to invade England. Brave Willem and his friends must find a way to stop the French using guile, new weapons, and even other dinosaurs. This action-packed, satisfying conclusion to Falkner's alternate-history duology again successfully combines magic, fantasy, and historical elements. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This alternative history asks, what if Napoleon won the battle at Waterloo with dinosaurs? In 15-year-old Willem's world, dinosaurs, called saurs, roam the forest near his village. Many of them are small and harmless, although others, such as the firebird, are lethal. The son of an illusionist who fled Napoleon's court, Willem shares his father's flair for stage magic and the ability to hypnotize saurs. When his village is attacked by an enormous saur, one never seen before, Willem uses his talent to help destroy the beast. Then the villagers learn that Bonaparte has escaped from Elba and is aiming to retake his army, using gigantic saurs. Willem embarks on a desperate and dangerous journey to help the British oppose the erstwhile emperor. The leisurely pace of the beginning of the novel quickly ramps up to suspense, immersing the reader in the swiftly moving plot. Characters are very well drawn, capturing the reader's sympathy. With an ending wide open for a sequel, complete with a plot-thickening cliff-hanger, one can only hope that Falkner is a speedy writer.--Scanlon, Donna Copyright 2015 Booklist