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by Melanie Jackson
 

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Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's fastest slide. The summer job starts to get interesting when he learns that someone has been wandering the park in a lynx costume, scaring the staff. When forty thousand dollars

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Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's fastest slide. The summer job starts to get interesting when he learns that someone has been wandering the park in a lynx costume, scaring the staff. When forty thousand dollars is stolen from the till, and his friends are under suspicion for the theft, boring is starting to look good. But Clay is certain that the mask and the thefts are connected, and he's determined to solve the crime.

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"A delightful mystery that offers readers sympathetic characters that are relatable and realistic...This story will thrill its readers with its twists and unexpected ending."
Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Clay Gibson landed a summer job at Safari Splash, a jungle-themed water park located in Vancouver, Canada. He is a lifeguard for the Boa, the most popular waterslide in the park. He did not want to work at Safari Splash, but his parents were friends with the park owner so he had no choice. The ride was fast and every day was annoying- kids would yell, parents would get dizzy, and on occasion, someone would puke in the water. His co-workers drove him a little bit crazy as well. There was Aggie Wentworth. She worked in the souvenir shop and wanted to be his girl friend. That was annoying. Judd, the other lifeguard who worked with him on the Boa was rude and cocky. Bradley Costello, the owner's son, frustrated Clay because he was always hanging around but he did not work. Summer was looking like a real bore, but then Aggie started acting funny. She was afraid of something at the park, but she would not talk about it. There was talk of a person scaring employees by wearing a lynx mask. Something suspicious was going on and Clay hoped to figure it out. Then someone was murdered at the park and $40,000 was taken from a hiding place in the souvenir shop cash register. Suddenly Clay's boring job has become interesting...and dangerous. This quick moving adventure is a fast read suitable for middle grade and early high school due to some of the details of the murder. Although the story jumps around a bit and details are left out, this should be an interesting story for boys. This would make a fun addition in a middle school and/or high school library. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554693429
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,386,317
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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She glanced around the park yet again. This time her gaze came to rest on Judd, at the top of the Boa. She turned to walk away—but not before I saw the glint of fear in her eyes.

Meet the Author

Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson is the author of numerous children's books including the Dinah Galloway Mystery Series. She is a business/advertising writer and editor, and a member of the Vancouver Sun's Book Club. Melanie likes hiking, piano, English/Scottish history—and learning from the kids she works with as a writing mentor with the Vancouver School Board. For more information, visit www.melaniejacksonblog.wordpress.com.

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Fast Slide 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars for this hi-lo selection in the Orca Currents series. Clay works at a water park during the summer, bored but at least getting a paycheck. He finds the attentions of Aggie, another park employee, annoying but notices she looks scared sometimes. A rumor about someone wearing a lynx mask goes through the park but no one can verify a sighting. Forty thousand dollars goes missing from the park, right at the time Aggie also disappears so she is suspected of the theft. Clay doesn't believe that charge so sets out to find both the girl and the cash. Danger is just around the corner. Fast-paced read for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago