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The Missing Manatee: A Mystery About Fishing and Family Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Grade 5-7–It's spring vacation, and Skeet Waters, 11, wants to spend his time fishing in his boat just off the coast of his Florida home. Instead, his day begins with him overhearing his mother telling his father to move out for good. Things go from bad to worse when Skeet finds a manatee floating in the water, dead from a gunshot wound. He goes back to shore to get the sheriff, and when they return to the spot, the animal is gone. The boy makes finding the missing body and bringing the killer to justice his mission. Meanwhile, his father's buddy, Dirty Dan, takes Skeet out fishing for tarpon and drinks Jack Daniels all day. When Skeet discovers a gun in a storage bin, he begins to suspect that Dan is the culprit and confronts him. The man confesses that his special-needs son accidentally shot the animal. DeFelice offers a realistic adventure story that is fast paced and full of drama. Skeet faces many difficult problems throughout the book, each with serious consequences, and his first-person narrative rings true. The characters are multifaceted and well developed, and the story should prompt readers to think about cause and effect.–Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
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Gr. 5-8. While cruising in his small boat through the maze of Florida's coastal rivers, young Skeet Waters comes across a dead manatee. Close examination reveals that the manatee was shot through the head. However, when Skeet and a deputy sheriff return to the scene of the crime, they discover that the manatee has disappeared. Skeet is determined to solve the crime, but he takes a break in his efforts to go fly-fishing for tarpon with Dirty Dan, a legendary local guide. Eventually, Skeet discovers that Dirty Dan is responsible for the manatee's death and disappearance. With the help of his funny and free-spirited grandmother, Skeet also learns that administrating true justice is not always simple or easy. DeFelice delivers a fast-paced mystery with a strong sense of place. Her lengthy description of the subtleties of tarpon fishing will grab young lovers of outdoor adventures. These elements, along with strong characters and an effective first-person narration, create an exciting whole, sure to hook readers. Todd Morning
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The reader is pulled into the story from page one. And while it's as much as a coming-of-age story, the mystery is solid and very real as told from the viewpoint of a boy growing up in a less than perfect world. Add in the fishing and boys especially will be drawn in-- hook, line, and sinker. kidsmysteryreviews.com
Skeet Waters is the main character in this book. Skeet lives in Chassacoochie Springs with his mother. And all he wants to do is catch a tarpon. But he never gets the chance to. Skeet has just found out that his parents are now afficialy separated, and full with anger, dissapointment, and possibly tears, he thinks he needs to get out and have some fun. He gets in his skiff and heads out, not knowing what to expect. As he is riding alone on his skiff in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, he finds a dead manatee. The manatee has been shot in the back of the head. When he tries to call it in to Deputy Earl, a family friend, he remembers that his radio was not working. This makes the book very interesting in my opinion. And they investigate the tragic scene though out the book.
The setting of this book is in Florida. It is very important information to know while reading this book. It sets the tone for the entire book. In my opinion this book was magnificent and I recommend to everyone to give this book a shot! Even if you're just looking for a quick read to hook you on and have an enjoyable read.
- Julia Nicole Merrill
English 8, Period 4
10 December 2009
The Missing Manatee
The Missing Manatee was a very engaging and enthusiastic book. Once I started I could not put it down. It was written by Cynthia Defelice. The plot of the book was very fun to read about. I enjoyed it the whole way through the book.
Skeet Waters, the main character, all he wants to do is catch a tarpon. He never gets the chance to though. As he is riding around on his boat he finds a dead manatee. This makes the book very interesting in my opinion. They investigate the scene though out the book.
The setting of the book which is in Florida is very important to the book. It set the tone for the whole book. In my opinion this book was very good. I recommend to everyone to give this book a shot, it's good. Even if you're looking for a quick book to hook you on and have an enjoyable read!