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This great short novel for preteens give them another perspective about rare and endangered species in a tropical setting. Designed to inspire biologists, environmentalists, and conservationists, this exciting adventure will be sure to grab the attention of readers. Reasonably priced, it will appeal to an imaginative preteen or teen. Part of the "A Caribbean Island Eco-Adventure" series. 2000, Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., $5.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: N. Boyd SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Jim Martin's father died in a car crash when Jim was only eleven years old. He has taken refuge with his father's friend, George, who invited him to spend summers working as a dive assistant/boatman in the Turks and Caicos Islands in Hogsty Reef (Peachtree, 1999/VOYA December 1999). Jim, now fifteen, returns to "the Station" and develops a friendly working relationship with several college students who are conducting research on the islands. Whether helping Carlin tag and track green sea turtles or transporting a visiting naturalist named Miles to his observation platform in the swamp, Jim finds it increasingly comfortable to take the lead in making decisions. When poachers threaten the safety of the turtles, trash Miles's platform, and capture Jim and Julia, George's teenage daughter, Jim's cool head and quick thinking result in the release of a multitude of illegally captured exotic birds and animals. Set amidst the physical danger of a tropical storm while painting a detailed and realistic picture of black market trade in endangered wildlife, the twists and turns of Dowd's latest novel will appeal to young adults who have a special interest in wildlife conservation. Purchase where Dowd's earlier ecoadventure is popular. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Peachtree, Ages 13 to 18, 160p, $5.95 Trade pb. Reviewer: Cindy Lombardo
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Jim, Carlin and Julia are on a turtle-tagging mission along the eastern drop-off of the sandy Caicos Banks. They take in the luscious landscape leading to the cays. "Flocks of small birds, startled by the sudden appearance of a motorboat, exploded in the air, while mudskippers, their bulging bullfrog eyes standing clear above the surface, swarmed for cover among the tangled roots." Along the way, they meet Miles, an eccentric student of flamingos. Once camp is set, they rest until nightfall and then go out to find mother turtles laying eggs in their sandy shoreline nests. It takes teamwork to tip the turtles over and attach transmitters for scientific study. All is going well until they come face to face with violent poachers from the Dominican Republic and a tropical storm growing to hurricane strength. They must somehow race against the storm and find the now missing flamingo scientist. When they are kidnapped themselves, this adventure becomes a life and death quest. Readers of all ages will become absorbed in the vivid description of the tropical landscape and the suspense-ridden events. 2000, Peachtree, Ages 10 to 14, $5.95. Reviewer: Leslie Julian—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-In this sequel to Hogsty Reef (Peachtree, 1999), Jim and Julia return to the marine research station in the Turks and Caicos Islands where they'd spent the previous summer. There, they join one of the researchers on a turtle-tagging expedition with a side visit to Miles, who is working on a flamingo research project. On their way back, they encounter poachers, causing them to worry about Miles's safety. They go back to check on him and find that he has disappeared. While searching for him, the teens are captured by the poachers, who are trafficking in black-market wild animals. There are a few oblique references to the previous title, but basically this enjoyable story stands on its own. While the characters aren't fully developed, they are interesting and believable enough to keep readers turning pages to the satisfying conclusion. The conservation message is sometimes heavy-handed, but the author's obvious respect for his subject offsets the preachiness to some degree. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the setting, but the real focus here is on the action-packed adventure.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561452170
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 150
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.15 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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