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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
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