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This is a fictionalised account of the younger years of Mary Anning - fossil hunter and palaeontologist extraordinaire. She was passionate about unearthing our Jurassic history on the Dorset coast, but was largely Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.

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Ordinary is what most people are and I am not.

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I am not ordinary at all. I am a scientist. One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby - Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves and landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people's taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away.


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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. What will happen when she makes her greatest discovery of all?

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With a factual section about Mary Anning, her life, and the discoveries she made. Lightning Mary is as fiery and bright as the lightning bolt after which her father names her. Anthea Simmons has gifted her heroine with a voice as fierce and rare as the strange creatures she excavates. Mary's determination to follow her dream of becoming a scientist against the odds stacked against her at the time of being born both poor and a girl, can't fail but to inspire young readers" -- Ally Sherrick "Mary's story brings out your sense of excitement, adventure and curiosity!

A good read for anyone interested in the history of an amazing woman and the birth of palaeontology" -- Ali Ferris, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Added to basket. Murder Most Unladylike. Robin Stevens. Top Marks For Murder. The Deathless Girls. Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Grandpa's Great Escape. David Walliams. Consumed with a need for revenge, Lightning Lad tracked down the Super-Moby Dick and blasted it with times the amount of power normally at his disposal.

The power blast reduced the creature in size, rendering it harmless. It was during this time that Garth and Imra Ardeen grew closer together and eventually fell in love.

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On one mission, the two were forced to stage a faux wedding and retire from the Legion, enabling three Murran alien spies to take their place under the names Blackout Boy, Magnetic Kid and Size Lad. Garth and Imra knew of the spies' presence and agreed to the plan in order to draw them out. Although the mission was a success, both Garth and Imra were upset that their marriage was not real. Garth regained control of his mind, and rebelled against Evillo.


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  5. One of Evillo's scientists, Dr. Zan Orbal, used his scientific wizardry to restore Lightning Lad's missing arm. As they grew older, Garth and Imra married [11] in earnest and gave birth to twin children. What neither of them realized at the time however, was that the galactic despot Darkseid had taken one of their twins at birth and performed experiments on him, transforming him into a mutated aberration. Darkseid then shunted the mutated child back in time five years where he became the Fatal Five member known as Validus.

    It was years before Garth and Imra ever learned the truth about their missing son. Their second child however, Graym Ranzz proved to be a healthy baby boy, and Garth and Imra retired from active service to raise their son. They both returned to the Legion however and continued to fight up against threats such as the Fatal Five, Computo, Darkseid and the Legion of Super-Villains.

    Although the Legion survived the Crisis mostly unscathed, the Time Trapper took advantage of the chaos to isolate and weaken the Legion, making them believe her fellow Superboy wasn't the the real one and forget about her recently fallen member Supergirl. Even so, the Legion endured. However, during the "Five Year Gap", Earth's government became hostile to the Legion, and Garth became incapacitated from the Validus plague which ravaged his native Winath. Disillusioned by the government and feeling needed more at home, his wife resigned from the Legion.

    Garth and Imra returned to Winath and took over running a Winathian Lightning Ring plantation, which became quite prosperous.

    Using their new-found wealth, Imra and Garth replaced their super-heroism with simple but necessary helping of others, feeding a galaxy suffering more from hunger than from super-villains. When the Legion re-formed in , the Ranzzes helped them out, but did not rejoin. Instead, they enlarged their family with the birth of daughters Dacey and Dorritt. Garth's final adventure with the Legion involved the Time Trapper, the conclusion of which resulted in the destruction of the Legion of Super-Heroes timeline in a cosmic crisis brought back by a Hal Jordan mind-controlled by Parallax.

    Nevertheless, the events other Crisis unleashed by Superboy Prime and Alex Luthor restored the Legion with a slightly altered history as evidenced by the trip of six Legionnaires to the time present. Unfortunately, xenophobia started spreading through the galaxy because of manipulations of the Time Traper and the efforts of Earth-Man. The Legion agreed the future was becoming too dangerous for Superboy and they would not visit him again after the war against the Anti-Monitor. The witch hunt led by Earth-Man and sponsored by the Earth Government forced the Legion's founding members to go underground.

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    Imra and Garth's children also went missing during that period. As a result of it, Garth became very short-tempered and snappy for a while. It was when Superman returned and rejoined the Legion that their situation started to look up. As they were whiling away in the Fortress of Solitude , recalling old times when they were two teenagers hanging out and getting into trouble together, Batman showed up to tell them two Legionnaires had been found dead in Gotham.

    Garth took his friends' bodies back to the future while wondering who was trying to destroy the Legion this time. Earth-Man had been defeated, but tension between the Legion and the United Planets was still high. The UP Government looked to shut the Legion down, and Garth was sick of dealing with them putting his friends down and then crawling back every time a super-villain struck the UP. Superboy-Prime ending up in the 30th century and freeing the Legion of Super-Villains forced the Legion to recall Superman and bring two Legions of different timelines to her own universe.

    Imra found herself teaming up with two different Saturn Girls. Garth teamed up with the two other incarnations of him, Live Wire and the other Lightning Lad to save the 30th Century from Superboy-Prime. During the final battle in Vanishing Point , Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl combined their powers to summon Legionnaires of every time and universe and with their assistance defeating the Time Trapper for good. Any official designation for the home universe for this character has not been given, and thus this page may have to be moved in the future.

    In the meantime, it's designated as "Pre-Zero Hour". This template will categorize articles that include it into the " Legion of Super-Heroes members " category. Superman Family member This character is or was an incarnation of or an ally of Superman , and a member of the Superman Family.

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