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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616030025
Publisher: Leap Books, LLC
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 10 - 16 Years

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Island Sting 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kenzie has only been in the Keys a few hours when she finds herself in a canal rescuing what turns out to be a deer. Her rescuer turns out to be the good looking Angelo. She learns that someone is killing the key deer, an endangered species that live in the Florida Keys. She and her new friends set out to clean up the environment and secretly try to find the poacher responsible for the butchered deer. This book reminded me of Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot" and "Flush". I was please to read the first chapter of the next book at the end of this one. This is a book to be placed on my shelf. Since we just finished reading Flush as a class I am sure this one will be quickly picked up.
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kenzie has moved to Florida Keys against her will, with her newly separated mother. She finds that there is a poacher killing the endangered deer and must solve the crime. Ecological story line -- poorly written.
Irisheyz77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Island Sting by Bonnie J Doerr was a book that I was really excited about when I first heard about it last year. Its setting, the Florida Keys, is a place where I want to spend more time in...I have visited once but that was just for a few hours during a trip to Florida a few years back. So not only is it a place that I want to know more of its an eco-based mystery....which means science and environmental facts. Island Sting is told from the point of view of Kenzie - who just moved to the Keys with her mom from New York. Her first day there she falls into a canal and helps to save one of the Key Deer and somehow gets involved in a mystery of someone who is killing the deer for sport. I think I expected more from Island Sting then I got. I expected a mystery something that I'd have to try and figure out but there was no real mystery. Everything was handed to reader so it was very unfulfilling. I don't know maybe I just read too many mysteries and so for me this one was no challenge. I also found the writing to be more middle grade in nature than young adult even though all the teens were 16 or so. Although if it wasn't for the occasional reference to driving a car or high school I'd swear they were more 12 than 16. There were several times I felt like I was being talked down to as things were being explained to Kenzie. For as new girl on the island, the city chick, there was much about island life that she was clueless about. I also had some issues with the dialogue. It just came across as stilted and didn't always ring true for a teen voice. The description to dialogue transitions didn't always work for me either. There just seemed to be a bunch of words that were edited out so there were these random jumps in events. The character of Angelo also annoyed me. His mood swings were just out of control and I just didn't see anything about him to like. So it was hard to believe that Kenzie was so head over heels for him....especially in the short amount of time in which this book takes place. For me, this book suffered from having too high expectations. I think if I'd expected less I would have enjoyed it more. Perhaps if it were billed more as middle grade that too would have helped me enjoy it more as then the juvenile language of the book would have had more of a place. I've been reading a lot of YA over the last few years and I know that a more complex writing style and story can really thrive. There will be at least two more books involving Kenzie Ryan and I think that I will check out the next one before completely abandoning her story. Kenzie has potential and perhaps Island Sting just suffered a bit from being a debut book and that with time the writing and the crafting of a mystery will grow and become more of what I like to see when reading a mystery. Until then this is a book that I can only recommend to the younger reader.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
crystal_fulcher More than 1 year ago
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.