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Deadly Waters Paperback – July 1, 2001

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Grade 3-6-Ashley Landon and her brother, Jack, are out for a day of fishing in the Florida Everglades with Bridger Conley, the latest in a series of foster children taken in by their parents. The three youngsters catch more than fish when Jack decides to take some photos. His camera is stolen by a stranger in a powerboat, but it isn't until later that Jack realizes that the culprit was really after his film. In their quest to find the thief, the three sleuths also solve the mystery of why the manatees are dying. Vivid descriptions and cliff-hanger chapter endings with plenty of action in between hold readers' attention, and the authors skillfully weave in facts about the ecology and wildlife of the Everglades. The endpapers feature a map of Everglades National Park with brief data about it, and students are invited to send research questions or other messages to both authors through their e-mail addresses. Readers will delight in the close-up shots of some of the animals described in the story featured on four pages of National Geographic quality photos tipped in the center of the book. Pair this title, the fourth about this family, with another well-written ecological mystery set in the Everglades, Jean Craighead George's The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo (HarperCollins, 1992). A commendable and timely title.
Linda L. Plevak, Alamo Area Library System, San Antonio, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mysteries in Our National Park (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792276558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792276555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This fourth book in the National Parks Mystery series is set in the Florida Everglades where Jack and Ashley's mother is investigating mysterious deaths in the manatee population. The story moves at a fast pace, balancing action with accurate information about the wildlife found in the Everglades. This book follows much the same formula set in the first three books in the series: Jack, Ashley and Bridger (the latest foster child the Landon family has taken in). explore the National Park and do some unofficial investigating while their parents aid the official investigation into the manatees' deaths. These books are well written and very well researched. Both mystery buffs and animal lovers should find plenty to keep their interest. The photographs in the middle of the book are a great bonus. Fans of Jean Craighead George's ecological mysteries are sure to enjoy this series as well.
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I am a lower elementary teacher (first through third grades) and each week we have storytime twice a week. Last year, I read this book to my students representing the "mystery" genre. Not only is this a wonderful read-aloud book for any age group, but it is a perfect mystery as every single chapter ends with everyone wanting to know what happens next. I had every student on the "edge of their seats" so to speak, which is a very challenging thing to do when you have such a diverse group.
This year, when I started storytime, my students asked if I was going to read Deadly Waters again. I told them I'd get another in the series and read that to them. I just hope the others are even half as good. Just as a side-line: the characters are truly one of the best things about this book. Strong female and male characters that the students could really root for and understand.
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A Kid's Review on March 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
These are the most exciting mystery books that you'll ever read. I personally like these books because it's not all mystery. It also has a lot to do with adventure. You definitely can't put this book down after you start reading it.
The Landon family has gone to Florida to the Everglades with their potential foster kid, Bridger. While Olivia, Jack and Ashley's mom, researches about the manatees, Jack, Ashley, and Bridger get to go fishing with their guide, Frankie - a girl! She drops them off at the Watson place, which is said to be cursed, to go drop off an injured pelican that they found on the way. Meanwhile, this guy in a boat shows up, acting all nice, and steal Jack's camera. Why did he do it? This little robbery could lead to a big exciting mystery that uncovers many essential problems.
This is the most cliff-hanging series that you'll ever read. I recommend this to anyone who's not into a lot of mystery. If you're like that, then this is for you. This series has 12 books. I've read #1- Wolf Stalker, #2- Cliff-Hanger, #4- Rage of Fire, #6- Ghost Horses, and now, #3- Deadly Waters. Guess what? This isn't a series that you have to read in order. You can see that I haven't been. So, you should try out #3- Deadly Waters, and all the other, Mysteries in our National Parks.
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Format: Hardcover
As a teacher, I would recommend this book only if you wanted to launch a unit on either the Everglades or manatees. The "story" provides a convenient context for introducing every conservation topics from poaching to toxic dumping to boat ettiquette to the ethics of fishing to the decimation of the local Native American tribes!

The author throws too much into the pot, and what suffers is character development. They are one-dimensional and static. One of the main characters, Bridger, is a boy who is a foster child. He has comes to reside with the family that has traveled to the Everglades and falls into this adventure/mystery. He is introduced as troubled and moody. But we learn hardly anything about why he is a foster child, or what has caused him to be so withdrawn. The predictable change that he undergoes by the end of the story feels contrived. The rest of the characters are all stereotypical cardboard cut-outs. There is not really even a clear physical description of any of them, much less any type of psycholigical profile. I am four times the age of my students, and some of the dialogue seems corny even to me!

Sadly, the "mystery" aspect of the story is the least developed of all. It involves a stolen camera and manatees that are dying of undetermined causes. Without giving away details, I have watched Scooby-Doo cases on TV that were harder to crack. Kids today are pretty sophisticated, and I predict they will solve this mystery pretty easily.

But to its credit, the text does create a vivid sense of place, and the main scene involving a theft and a boating "incident" with manatees is well-paced, exciting and suspenseful. I give the author kudos for her noble goals: to get kids interested in saving our wild, natural places and to raise awareness about our endangered species.
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A Kid's Review on September 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Deadly Waters

I thought this book is very suspenceful it makes you keep trying to guess what the outcome will be. Like every other book from Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson this is a great book.

Deadly Waters is a book about a boy named Jack his sister Ashley and their parents Olivia and Steven. Olivia is a veterinarianand often gets called to national parks to ivestigate on strange thigs happening with the animals. Steven is a photogropher and he goes with Olivia to take pictures of the animals. They are both take foster kids on trips with them somtimes. In this book They go to Florida everglades to investigate why the manitees are dying, and they bring a boy named Bridger. Then their parents best friend Frankie brings the kids to a place named Watsons Place and then the find a pelican in the water with a fishing line in its beak and the Frankie drops the kids off at Watsons Place and goes back to the info center to drop the pelican off.

Then Jack sees a guy in a boat, and then the guy drives over to where they are and says his name is Gordon and he talks to the kids and then steals Jack's camera and drives away. Then they find a manatee and its back was cut from the prpeller and it has a baby with it then a 7ft shark comes and they all get out of the water and Bridger jumps into the water to protect the manatee and hits the shark with the fishing rod.

I think this book would bee for a 8-13 year old or who ever likes a mystery book.
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