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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When a cougar attacks a hiker in Mesa Verde National Park, the Landons have another mystery on their hands. Jack and Ashley are used to visiting parks with their wildlife veterinarian mother and photographer father, but this time their hands are full with a foster child called Lucky Deal. As Lucky and Jack become friends, Ashley becomes suspicious: What did Lucky

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When a cougar attacks a hiker in Mesa Verde National Park, the Landons have another mystery on their hands. Jack and Ashley are used to visiting parks with their wildlife veterinarian mother and photographer father, but this time their hands are full with a foster child called Lucky Deal. As Lucky and Jack become friends, Ashley becomes suspicious: What did Lucky take from the burn site? Who did she call in the night? In a midnight showdown at Spruce Tree House, Jack realizes there's more to fear than a killer cat. Cliff-Hanger weaves Native American folklore, natural science, and geography into a heart-pounding thriller. The afterword by Will Morris, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Mesa Verde, outlines the dangers of cougar attacks and the need to protect wild animals.

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School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426300929
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Mysteries in Our National Parks Series, #2
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
506,224
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alane Ferguson is an award-winning writer. Her first mystery, Show Me the Evidence, won the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Elizabeth, CO.

Award-winning author Gloria Skurzynski has written almost 60 children's books. Her non-fiction book, Almost the Real Thing, won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. She has written several nonfiction books for National Geographic, including Are We Alone, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People and an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice for 2006. She lives in Boise, ID.

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Cliff-Hanger: A Mystery in Mesa Verde National Park 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 * * * *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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