Cliff-Hanger: A Mystery in Mesa Verde National Park

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Twelve-year-old Jack's adventures give readers an exciting introduction to archeology, Hopi culture, and the Mesa Verde National Park, in Colorado. When his mother, a wildlife veterinarian, is asked to investigate a cougar attack in Mesa Verde National Park, Jack looks forward to exploring the park's ancient cliff dwellings. But his life becomes unexpectedly complicated when he helps an abandoned girl named Lucky. In a midnight showdown at the park's Spruce Tree House, Jack realizes there is more to fear than a ...
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Twelve-year-old Jack's adventures give readers an exciting introduction to archeology, Hopi culture, and the Mesa Verde National Park, in Colorado. When his mother, a wildlife veterinarian, is asked to investigate a cougar attack in Mesa Verde National Park, Jack looks forward to exploring the park's ancient cliff dwellings. But his life becomes unexpectedly complicated when he helps an abandoned girl named Lucky. In a midnight showdown at the park's Spruce Tree House, Jack realizes there is more to fear than a killer cat.

Twelve-year-old Jack and his younger sister visit Mesa Verde National Park, where they delve into the park's history while gradually uncovering the mysterious past of their family's teenage foster child Lucky.

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Gr 6-9-Jack Landon, 12, and his younger sister, Ashley, who appeared in three previous adventures, are about to leave for Mesa Verde National Park with their veterinarian mom and photographer dad when the family is called upon to accept a foster child, 13-year-old Lucky, on an emergency basis. Mrs. Landon has been called as a consultant to the area because a cougar has attacked a hiker. Ashley is thrilled, but Jack is not pleased to have a last-minute intruder on the family's trip. His attitude changes as he finds himself attracted to Lucky, but she refuses to answer any questions, won't tell anyone her last name, and makes statements that strain credibility. Ashley is quicker than Jack to catch on to some of the inconsistencies in the girl's behavior, partly because he does not want to believe that his sister is correct. Lucky's actions eventually lead all three youngsters into a life-threatening situation involving the cougar. Once they are rescued, Lucky escapes the family's custody and flees the country with her less-than-honest father. The well-developed plot moves right along, and the characters have definite personalities. Descriptions of actual places, their history, and the environment add to the ambience. A solid adventure story enhanced by an interesting study of honesty vs. deception.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2001

    Exciting

    This is an exciting book, especially the part about the strange cougar attacks, which usually don't happen. I recommend this book to everyone because it is a mystery and an adventurous book. 4 STARS * * * *

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Read this book

    Ok so I havent finished the book but so far I can not stop reading it!! The characters are great!!! I will finish it soon!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    The flashback

    This was a really good book. It was filled with excitement, adventure, and a really good mystery. I would recomend this book to all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    great

    it is the best book every i first ot these books when i was going throu a park and i got it for the heck of it it is so good

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