Kenzie didn't expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Or cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, and gun-toting thugs...
When city girl Kenzie Ryan moves to a Florida wildlife refuge, she plunges straight into an eco-mystery. Kenzie trades New York streets for Keys pollution cleanup, and now, instead of hailing cabs, she's tracking down a poacher of endangered Key deer. Her new home does have some benefits-mainly Angelo, an island native, who teams up with her to nab the culprit. But will they both survive when the killer turns from stalking deer to hunting humans?
Island Sting includes notes on the endangered Florida Key Deer and the National Key Deer Refuge.
|Publisher:||Leap Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 16 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr is an adventure as well as an educational story for children. Kenzie moves to Florida Keys with her divorced mother. While Maggie gets on with her job as a nurse, Kenzie has been allotted the job of unpacking their suitcases and other duties, but she finds herself being drawn to the endangered Key Deer. She realizes that someone is poaching and killing the miniature Key Deer. She is hell bent on finding out the identity of the poacher and it leads her to the local anti deer-poaching operation team. She meets Angelo, who is equally passionate about finding out the identity of the poacher. Will they succeed in their mission? The plot weaves mystery, adventure and environmentalism effortlessly together in the author's expert story-telling. The book explores the beauty of nature and the overall life around the Key Deer. The author captures the ambiance and the images of the place with her writing, making it visual. Kenzie is an adorable girl and she remains in the minds of readers with her love for nature and animals. Kenzie's love for animals sees her putting her own life at risk to save them. Readers see a lot of emotions in this engaging story as it progresses. The story has a bit of everything - mystery, suspense, adventure, teenagers and the Florida Keys setting, which helps readers connect well with the book. The author's love of the environment and nature is evident in the plot.
Following her parents' divorce, Kenzie Ryan left New York City to live with her mom Maggie on Big Pine Key 30 miles from Key West and 100 from the Mainland. . Hardly settled in the wildlife refuge location, Kenzie rescues a Key deer from drowning with the help of local Angelo who explains the animal is part of an endangered species. However, Kenzie learns someone is poaching and killing the dwindling Key deer populace. She and Angelo team up to catch the poacher, unaware of the danger as the hunter soon changes game from deer to stalking amateur sleuthing teens. Island Sting is an engaging young teen environmental investigative mystery starring two solid young caring teenagers. The story line is fast-paced and the whodunit contains several viable suspects. Readers will enjoy the adventures of Kenzie and Angelo as they try to protect the endangered Key deer from a poacher. Note that this is a major rewrite of preadolescent tale Kenzie's Key targeting a slightly older audience and includes recent events like a reference to White House party crashing for instance. Harriet Klausner
A very interesting mystery novel focusing on one girls' quest to help protect the wildlife on the small island that has become her new home. Island Sting is a fun young adult read paired with a mystery that is solved by the teenagers involved. Kenzie has just moved down to Big Pine Key and on her first day there gets involved with a local boy and a mystery of who is harming the local deer population. Focusing on a real problem in a real area of the Florida Keys makes this book even more interesting. Kenzie and Angelo make good characters, though we never learn a lot about them. Maggie, Kenzie's mom also plays a small role. Her and Kenzie have a typical mother/daughter teenage relationship - one moment fine, the next moment at odds. Maggie wants the best for Kenzie and wants to protect her, while Kenzie is impulsive and acts without thinking. The mystery is simple but interesting. I kept guessing through the book and the author does a good job at throwing suspicion in different directions. The plot moves quickly and comes to a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to more books in this series to get to know the characters better. I think my one minor complaint and the reason I knocked points off of my rating was that there were a lot of different characters that made brief appearances here and there through the book and when they would come back I would be slightly confused on who was who. But that may just be me. I think overall this is a very enjoyable book and well-worth the few hours of reading time I spent. It has a feel-good element to it while still be realistic and that makes it great in my opinion.