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Grade 5-8-Lots of adventure and a little ecology will draw thrill loving youngsters to Jaguar by Roland Smith (Hyperion, 1997). Fourteen-year-old Jacob Lansa and his field biologist father, known as Doc, are trying to learn about each other after many years of separation. The death of Jake's mother has brought them together, but there are lingering tensions. When Doc heads to Brazil to help a friend establish a jaguar preserve, the self-reliant high schooler ends up living in a retirement home with his loving but confused grandfather. The action heats up when Jake goes to Brazil for a vacation and an accident imperils the future of the expedition. Meeting his father's girlfriend, learning to fly an ultralight plane, and dangerous encounters with wildlife, thieves and the impenetrable jungle provide Jake with plenty of challenges. Fortunately his good judgement, ingenuity, and courage help bring Jaguar to a satisfying conclusion. Johnny Heller's fine narration and the cover photo of an approaching jaguar heighten the appeal of this eco-adventure. Case and cassettes are durable with good information. This sequel to Thunder Cave (Hyperion 1995) offers an exciting vehicle for encouraging deeper study of the complex concerns about the world's rain forests.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 5^-8. In this sequel to Thunder Cave (1995), 14-year-old Jacob Lansa's restless zoologist father takes off for Brazil to set up a jaguar preserve, leaving Jacob behind in upstate New York, boarding with his grandfather in a retirement home. Jake understands his father's devotion to his work but feels abandoned, especially after he visits South America and meets the beautiful botanist Flanna Brenna, who has captured his father's attentions. Before Jake has a chance to write off both his father and Brazil, he gets caught up in the intrigue surrounding the preserve and finds himself deep in the Amazon, battling the elements, tropical wildlife, and some mysterious fortune hunters. While Smith's ecological message--the jungle must be preserved undisturbed--comes through loud and clear, the book's strength lies in strong characterization (particularly the relationship between father and son), vivid local color, and high adventure. At the book's end, Jake sets off for the U.S., prepared to take his aging grandfather on one last trip to his native Arizona, perhaps setting the stage for future adventures. Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I read this with my students in 2nd-5th grade and they loved it. We were studying South America and this book talked about some of the places we read about and described them the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Monica Finch
Very good story - with a great ending.
Had a little violence - but wasn't too much (one of the bad guys sort of gets it). Read more
At least one awesome thing happened in each chapter. Vividly detailed settings...I felt like I was there. Animal lovers: beware, several animals die.Published on July 4, 2010 by jbeanfrost
My daughter read this book and recommended that I read it. It is well written and very exciting. I liked the characters and story line. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Connie Harper
Jacob "Jake" Lansa, after spending a year with his father in Kenya, is upset when he is left behind to live at his grandfather's retirement home while Jake's father, Doc, goes off... Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Alexander Davidson
Jaguar is the first work we cover in my 6th Grade Humanities class. Boys and girls can find in Jake Lanza a protagonist they can easily identify with. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Valarie Minnick
my daughter read this book in sixth grade and has been begging me for the book ever since she finished it.Published on March 11, 2009 by Jo Jeffrey
By Adina G.
Jaguar is a book of adventure, the main characters name is Jake and he goes to Brazil with his dad to work on a jaguar preserve. Read more