Mysteries in Our National Parks Series by Gloria Skurzynski, Alane Ferguson (#3-5, 8-10, 12-13)
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Overview: Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Her mother has written over fifty-seven books for children, while Alane is currently completing her thirty-second. Alane and her mother co-authored a series for National Geographic.
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
#3 – Cliff-Hanger
When a cougar attacks a hiker in Mesa Verde National Park, the Landons have another mystery on their hands. Jack and Ashley are used to visiting parks with their wildlife veterinarian mother and photographer father, but this time their hands are full with a foster child called Lucky Deal. As Lucky and Jack become friends, Ashley becomes suspicious: What did Lucky take from the burn site? Who did she call in the night? In a midnight showdown at Spruce Tree House, Jack realizes there’s more to fear than a killer cat. Cliff-Hanger weaves Native American folklore, natural science, and geography into a heart-pounding thriller. The afterword by Will Morris, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Mesa Verde, outlines the dangers of cougar attacks and the need to protect wild animals.
#4 – Deadly Waters
The Landon family is Southboundheaded for Florida to investigate a mysterious illness plaguing endangered manatees in Everglades National Park. Jack, Ashley, and their friend Bridger soon find themselves in deadly waters with a seven-foot shark, an injured manateeand a mystery to solve. Who was the stranger in the speedboat who snatched Jack’s camera? And what does he have to do with the manatees? Join the heart-stopping chase through a maze of mangrove islands to find out!
#5 – The Hunted
Grizzly cubs are disappearing from Glacier National Park, and the Landon family must figure out why! But for Jack, the real mystery is his sister Ashley’s strange behavior. What was she doing alone in the woods so early in the morning? And why did she lie to their parents? Jack’s efforts to unravel the truth lead to a pulse-pounding adventure that brings the Landon kids face to face with an enraged grizzlyas Jack and his sister suddenly become the hunted.
#8 – Valley of Death
Jack can’t believe what he’s hearing. His sister is being held hostage. Whoever snatched Ashley must have been following the Landons as they explored Death Valley National Park. But what do they want with Leesa? When Jack discovers why Leesa is on the run, he is determined to protect her. But how can he do that and save Ashley, too? One thing he knows for sure, failure is not an option.
#9 – Escape From Fear
Something in the Virgin Islands National Park is destroying the coral reefs and causing the hawksbill sea turtle to disappear–and the Landons are trying to figure out what. Jack and Ashley soon become involved with the son of a U.S. diplomat who is anxious to save an island woman. What secret do they share? Includes a park map.
#10 – Out Of The Deep
Wildlife veterinarian Olivia Landon and her family are in Maine, investigating the mysterious strandings of marine mammals on the rocky beaches of Acadia National Park. With the family is 14-year-old Bindy Callister, a temporary ward who has been bullied by her older brother. Jack, Ashley, and Bindy come upon a baby humpback whale stranded in a rocky tidal pool and barely alive. During the complex rescue operation that follows, no one notices when Bindy wanders off. By the time Jack and Ashley find her, Bindy is acting very strange. She knows who’ s causing the strandings but is afraid to tell. Jack and Ashley must get her to talk before more lives are endangered!
#12 – Buried Alive
This latest thriller takes the Landons to Alaska, where wildlife biologist Olivia and her photographer husband, Steven, have been asked to study the impact of snowmobiles on the wolverine population of Denali National Park. With the family is 13-year-old Nicky Milano. When a man in a Park Service uniform offers to take Jack, Ashley, and Nicky on a dogsled ride, the kids eagerly accept. They mush off across the snow, riding deeper and deeper into the frozen wilderness. But during a rest stop, the man suddenly rushes off, leaving the young people stranded. As they huddle to keep warm and try to figure out what to do, they hear a deafening roar. Avalanche! Now the kids must fight for their lives. Can they somehow escape the thundering mass of snow? Or will they be buried alive?
#13 – Night of the Black Bear
This thrilling series roars back to life with the release of Mystery #13, Night of the Black Bear. Something very strange is going on in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A teenage girl is the latest victim in a growing number of bear attacks. Officials must figure out what’s causing the bizarre bear behavior or close the park. Can the Landons help? Soon Jack and Ashley are searching for answers with their new friends Yonah Firekiller, a 16-year-old Cherokee boy, and 14-year-old Merle Chapman, whose family once lived on park land. But a heated argument over ancestral land rights puts the Landon kids in the middle of a clash of cultures. Tensions mount when Merle is caught in a lie a lie that leads straight to the heart-pounding solution. This breathtaking new adventure features an afterword by a park naturalist on black bear behavior and the problems caused by tourists feeding wildlife. Night of the Black Bear is a fast-paced narrative treat filled with vivid descriptions of the natural, scientific, and cultural phenomena of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; a page-turner that will put this popular National Park high on the vacation wish-list of all young readers.