The Hunted: A Mystery in Glacier National Park

The Hunted: A Mystery in Glacier National Park

by Gloria Skurzynski, Alane Ferguson
     
 

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Grizzly cubs are disappearing from Glacier National Park, and the Landon family must figure out why! But for Jack, the real mystery is his sister Ashley's strange behavior. What was she doing alone in the woods so early in the morning? And why did she lie to their parents? Jack's efforts to unravel the truth lead to a pulse-pounding adventure that brings the Landon… See more details below

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Grizzly cubs are disappearing from Glacier National Park, and the Landon family must figure out why! But for Jack, the real mystery is his sister Ashley's strange behavior. What was she doing alone in the woods so early in the morning? And why did she lie to their parents? Jack's efforts to unravel the truth lead to a pulse-pounding adventure that brings the Landon kids face to face with an enraged grizzly—as Jack and his sister suddenly become the hunted.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Traveling to Glacier National Park, Olivia Landon, a wildlife veterinarian, hopes to discover why grizzly bear cubs have been disappearing. Accompanying Olivia are her husband, twelve-year-old son Jack, and Ashley, the younger daughter. It seems that Ashley has read a forbidden book about actual grizzly bear attacks and is terrified about the trip. Her behavior becomes stranger and stranger and she actually ventures off alone when she knows that in bear territory one must travel with a partner. Her secret turns out to be Miguel, a young illegal Mexican boy who is desperate to get to Seattle. Miguel is escaping a life of poverty and is being hunted by immigration officials. The children are obsessed with helping him and are caught in a dangerous situation where they become the hunted. Vivid description of the park, information about bears and steps being taken to protect them, along with an exciting plot make the book an enjoyable read. As the fifth novel in the "National Park Mystery" series, Jack and Ashley continue their sleuthing relating to various wildlife mishaps in parks throughout the United States. 2000, National Geographic Society, Ages 9 to 12, $15.95. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
In the past, grizzly bears have erroneously been regarded as horrible killers. Today, however, ecologists know better. This National Geographic Society "National Park Mystery" focuses on how grizzly bears function in their natural habitat through an interesting plot involving a family camping at Glacier National Park. Included are park information, photographs, and an afterward. A handsome gift for an animal-loving youth. 2000, National Geographic Society, $15.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this, their fifth mystery, the Landon family travels to Glacier National Park to investigate the disappearance of grizzly bear cubs. For 12-year-old Jack, the real mystery lies in his sister's strange behavior. When their parents attend a briefing with park administrators regarding the bear problem, Jack volunteers to stay behind at the campsite with Ashley. As soon as the adults leave, she disappears into the woods and returns with a young Mexican named Miguel, an illegal alien seeking a better lifestyle and trying to reach a former teacher who lives in Seattle. When the three children accidentally discover the reason for the cubs' disappearance, namely poachers, they devise a plan and rescue the bears. Their ingenuity and daredevil tactics come at a price, however, as the drugged mother grizzly awakens and reacts violently toward them. Events unfold at a rapid, steady pace with the children helping one another thwart the attacks of the grizzly, and finally being rescued by Mrs. Landon and the local park rangers. While the story lacks depth, it does work as an exciting adventure, with the youngsters confronting the hazards of nature in order to restore its delicate balance. Miguel's fate is conveniently and happily resolved. Themes of friendship, family love, and the importance of protecting wildlife are nicely woven around likable characters and a cohesive plot line.-Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426309687
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
05/25/2011
Series:
Mysteries in Our National Parks Series , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
835,947
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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