Cliff-Hanger: A Mystery in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff-Hanger: A Mystery in Mesa Verde National Park

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by Gloria Skurzynski, Alane Ferguson
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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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ISBN-13:
9780792270362
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Mysteries in Our National Parks Series, #2
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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