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Great Smoky Mountains: Ridge Runner Rescue (Adventures With the Parkers) Paperback – March 31, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Pub (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555916287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555916282
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,855,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Not going on vacation this year? Give your child an outdoors experience by looking for this, or any of the Adventures with the Parkers books.

Author Mike Graf is a self-professed "national park fanatic" who spends his time exploring our country's parks. Because of his first-hand knowledge, his series are filled with true-life facts, authentic history, places you can really visit and photographs, all wrapped within a story that kids can relate to.

If you happen to be going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, this book will thrill your 7-to-11-year-old. If you're going elsewhere or not going at all, grab it anyhow and hand it to your adventuresome kid. "Ridge Runner Rescue" is so much fun, it will have your child parked in one spot for hours." --Savannah Morning News, April 2009

"You seriously need every one of these series in your library, no matter which national park you are near." --School Library Journal, June 2009

From the Back Cover

A Family Journey in One of Our Greatest National Parks


This is Max Davis reporting from the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s the summer of 1940 . . .


The Parkers, an intrepid family of four, are back for another exciting adventure, this time at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With their great-grandfather’s journal as their guide, ten-year-old twins James and Morgan and their parents backpack twenty-six miles along the Appalachian Trail, spotting synchronized fireflies and North America’s largest salamander species. But will the adventure end when Morgan comes down with a mysterious illness?

Each book in the exciting Adventures with the Parkers series for kids 8–13 explores a popular national park and is packed with adventure as well as engaging and educational facts about nature, outdoor safety, and much more. Vacation has never been this fun!
Books in the Adventures with the Parkers Series:

Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks: Danger in the Narrows
Glacier National Park: Going to the Sun
Grand Canyon National Park: Tail of the Scorpion
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Ridge Runner Rescue
Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave: Going Underground
Olympic National Park: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier
Rocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs Peak
Yellowstone National Park: Eye of the Grizzly
Yosemite National Park: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Mike Graf has shared his writing as well as his weather and national park experiences with children and teachers in hundreds of schools. Graf's most known books are the "Adventures with the Parkers" series now published by Falcon Guides and with nine books in the series. Three more will soon be released. Graf currently instructs part-time at Chico State University, teaching classes in Child Development. Graf has been a TV weathercaster at six different television stations and an elementary school teacher for nine years. A national park fanatic, Graf visits many national parks across the country every year. He lives in Chico, California.

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We met Mike Graf at the Old Faithful Visitor Center at Yellowstone National Park. We purchased Mike's book, Yellowstone National Park: Eye of the Grizzly for our 9 year old granddaughter. Mike was kind enough to autograph the book for her. She loved reading the book, and she has read 5 more of Mike Graf's Parker family National Park adventure books since then.

Our granddaughter says the Great Smokey Mountains National Park: Ridge Runner Rescue story is exciting and she loves the interesting facts about the animals, plants, history and places in
the Great Smokey Mountains NP, especially the types of forests and the giant salamander.
She also likes the tips on outdoor safety.

She wants to read the entire Adventures with the Parkers series, and has become much more interested in our National Parks. She thinks all kids would enjoy reading these books.
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