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Haitian Pick-up

Haitian Pick-up

by John Dowd

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Haitian Pick-up is the latest in the series of the adventures of Jim and Julia who work their holidays on a marine research vessel firstly in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) (Abalone Summer, recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime writing) where they encounter abalone poachers, and later in the Turks and Caicos Islands of the Caribbean. Hogsty Reef and Rare and Endangered are more boating adventures, the first dealing with the drug trade, while the second focuses on the trade in endangered animals.

Haitian Pick-up takes up the story when Marcel, the Haitian refugee boy who shared Jim and Julia's adventures on Hogsty Reef, returns to Bottle Creek research station. He brings the unsettling news that his brother, whose whereabouts was previously unknown after he had been taken into custody for political activism in Haiti, had been found alive in a military prison in Port au Prince. The operation to spring the brother from jail takes place during the time of the military dictatorship after the popular politician Jean Aristide is forced from power. A United Nations blockade is in force as pressure mounts on the military to relinquish control. This is a book of high adventure, set in disturbing times where the norms of what is right and what is necessary are challenged. It is also an authentic, hard core boating adventure.

Abalone Summer (#1 in the series) received the Arthur Ellis Award for best Canadian juvenile crime novel.

Hogsty Reef (#2 in the series) chosen ABA 1999 Pick of the Lists by American Booksellers Association.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013726468
Publisher: Starpath Publications
Publication date: 01/05/2012
Series: Jim and Julia's Adventures at Sea , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 348 KB

About the Author

John Dowd lives a life of adventure and this is reflected in his children’s books. After leaving his native New Zealand he travelled the world for fifteen years working as a freelance writer and photographer, commercial diver (in the North Sea), Outward Bound instructor and safari tour operator. He specialized in sea kayaking, mounting expeditions through Indonesia, Chile, and the Caribbean. In 1976 he married Canadian-born Beatrice and in 1978 they moved to British Columbia where they founded Ecomarine, the world’s first specialty sea kayak shop, and Sea Kayaker magazine, while they raised their two children, Dylan and Olympia. Currently Bea and John live on a remote west coast island where John represents Sealegs, an upmarket amphibious boat, while Beatrice creates sculptures with beach-found objects.

Other Books by John Dowd include: Sea Kayaking, A Manual for Long Distance Touring. The adventures of Jim and Julia at sea: Abalone Summer Hogsty Reef Rare and Endangered Haitian Pick-up Two books about children who work to save a forest and a herd of elk: A Ring of Tall Trees Elk in the Field

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