Jane R. Wood was born in Astoria, Oregon, but moved to Florida with her family when she was ten. She grew up near the Kennedy Space Center, witnessing America's early journeys into space. She graduated from the University of Florida and taught middle school and high school English for six years. She was a stay-at-home mom for ten years while her two sons were growing up. During that period, she wrote for a local newspaper and earned a Masters degree from the University of North Florida. She then spent twelve years as the Educational Programming Coordinator and later the Community Affairs Manager for the local cable television company in Jacksonville, Florida. She wrote her first juvenile fiction book, "Voices in St. Augustine" in 2004. Her second book, "Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess and Buried Treasure," was released in 2007. "Trouble on the St. Johns River" was published in 2008, and her fourth book, "Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country" was published in 2010. All four of her books have received the Mom's Choice Award, a national award recognizing "quality family-friendly products." Mrs. Wood lives in Jacksonville, Florida, near the St. Johns River with her husband Terry. Her two grown sons also live in Jacksonville.
Trouble on the St. Johns Riverby Jane R. Wood
In "Trouble on the St. Johns River," the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they're making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with… See more details below
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In "Trouble on the St. Johns River," the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they're making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It's a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it. "Trouble on the St. Johns River" is the third book in a series written by Jane R. Wood, a former teacher. Her first book, "Voices in St. Augustine," is a mystery that takes place in the Nation's Oldest City. "Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and Buried Treasure" includes tales of pirates, ghosts, and treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the historic island. Her fourth book, "Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low County," takes place in areas rich in history and ghost stories. All four of her books have received the "Mom's Choice Award", a national award that recognizes "quality family-friendly products." Teacher resources are also available on the author's website at www.janewoodbooks.com
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Trouble on the St. Johns River is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.